SHOTGUN CITY - Paul Anderson

Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Another true crime novel, based around Melbourne's Gangland Killings from long serving crime reporter on the Herald Sun.

This one covers gangland killings in Melbourne from the original Painters and Dockers disputes back in the 1970's through to the brazen shooting of Lewis Moran in a Club in Brunswick Street in 2004.

Straight forward depiction of a considerable number of killings, presented on a timeline that gives the reader a very clear picture of what was going on - well as much as anyone in the public knows what was going on.

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Award-winning crime journalist Paul Anderson, author of the bestselling 'Dirty Dozen', takes you through the chilling criminal slayings that have shocked, and continue to shock Melbourne, linking the players and events that make up Melbourne's underworld crime scene.

Anderson traces the complicated web back to the Painters & Dockers' Union power struggle that claimed at least forty lives between the 1950s and the early 1980s, and delves into the more recent wave of murders that have seen Melbourne become a virtual criminal killing field. The execution of self-styled gangster Alphonse Gangitano in January 1998 sparked a deadly chain-reaction that has so far led to the deaths of a further 26 people and shows no sign of relenting.

While a special police taskforce codenamed 'Purana' has been set up to investigate a number of the slayings and their common links to the lucrative amphetamine trade, the killings continue, and individual motives arise: revenge, greed, overblown pride... and the influence of crime movies. Some members of the warring factions seem to be taking up arms and embarking on bloody conflict with disturbing similarities to their celluloid anti-heroes. From crime scene to funeral, 'Shotgun City' takes you inside the lives of each victim, uncovering the links and offering the ultimate insider's knowledge of Melbourne's brutal underworld war.

Review SHOTGUN CITY - Paul Anderson
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, October 3, 2007

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