Camilla Nelson has worked as a writer, journalist and academic. Her first novel, Perverse Acts, was published in 1999 and she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year. Camilla worked on the staff of a minister in the NSW State Government before turning to journalism. As a freelance journalist, her work has been published in newspapers and magazines, including Australian Women's Forum and the Australian. She worked at the Sydney Morning Herald online for three years. Camilla has an MA in History and a Doctorate of Creative Arts.
Set against the backdrop of the Askin government, with events revolving around notorious crime identities Dick Reilly, Lennie McPherson and Johnny Warren, Crooked reveals the dark underbelly of Sydney during the late 1960's.
Gus Finlay is a young detective who is transferred to the Criminal Investigation Branch, which is run by Senior Sergeant Reginald Tanner, a charismatic cop with an unorthodox way of getting results. Gus realises fast that he has a lot to learn.
Sydney is a savage place. A series of violent killings escalate with a spectacular execution-style murder. When a black book with names of prominent politicians and members of the police force is discovered among the dead man's things, the case is blown wide open, and someone will have to pay ...