In 2003 Adam Shand, until then a finance journalist, naively set out to unravel Melbourne's bloody gangland wars.  A few months' research, a guaranteed cover story.  But his foray into the underworld took him deeper than that.  He became embroiled in a complex world where feuds raged between rival families, and where a new generation was clashing with the criminal Establishment.  Before long, he found himself counted as a friend by those who sometimes ended friendships with a hail of bullets.

Big Shots takes the reader into the heart of the city's multi-billion dollar 'disorganised crime' scene, as Shand meets the key figures and suspects, including Carl and Roberta Williams, Mick Gatto, and many others.  He discovers the human drama behind the brutal slayings that were splashed across the front pages, and in the process comes to question his objectivity.  And even whether he is being used to further the players' murderous ends.


Adam Shand

Adam Shand is a journalist with twenty years of experience in Australian television, print and online media.  As a cadet on The Australian newspaper in teh 1980s, he covered the rise and fall of the entrepreneurs.  Adam joined the Nine Network in 1991, reporting for Business Sunday in Sydney and Melbourne, before leaving to wander Africa for three years as a freelance journalist for Nine and other media organisations.  Since 1997 he has been an investigative reporter and he is currently working for The Bulletin and Nine's Sunday program.  His research on the Melbourne gangland murders was carried out as a joint investigation for The Bulletin and Sunday.  Adam also writes on Melbourne crime in his Bluestone column for The Bulletin online.

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