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Marquis is accused of involvement in the murder of a man from a rival neighbourhood. Darren has been found guilty of murdering a petrol station attendant. Charles has been charged with the murder of a homeless teenage girl. All of...
The Sting: Australia’s Plot to Crack a Global Drug Empire
It was a David and Goliath-style battle: Australian investigators up against a global organised crime empire.
Partners and Crime: The True Stories of Eight Women and Their Lives with Notorious Men
Why do women love 'bad boys'? For some it is true love. For others it's the excitement, wealth, glamour and moving with a fast crowd. Some become partners in crimes, hiding guns and cash and providing alibis. Others maintain the...
A Tragedy in Two Acts: Marcus Einfeld and Teresa Brennan
This is the remarkable story of two outstanding Australians whose lives were lived large, loud and often compartmentalised-- and who, ultimately, have been bound by tragedy.
Maximum security the toughest classification in the Australian prison system exerts a powerful fascination for us. Housing the nation's worst criminals, the so-called 'intractables', these facilities are settings of violence and...
Mad Dog: William Cyril Moxley and the Moorebank Killings
William Cyril Moxley was hanged at Sydney's Long Bay Gaol in 1932 - the first execution in New South Wales for eight years. His crime was the brutal rape and murder of 21-year-old Dorothy Ruth Denzel and the vicious beating and...
Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s
The true story of Italy's most infamous murder, and the scandal that rocked the country
Underbelly - Razor
In the 1920's and 30's in inner Sydney, some of the most terrifying criminals in Australia's history waged war with razor and gun.
Midnight in Peking
As 1936 gave way to 1937, the people of Peking waited nervously for the axe to fall. The encirclement by the Japanese army was tightening daily and troop skirmishes were on the rise. When the murdered body of English schoolgirl...
The Australian Book of Great Trials
The Australian Book of Great Trials tells the story of some of the most interesting and important trials in Australian history.
Sex on the Moon
Thad Roberts, a fellow in a NASA programme had an idea - a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to...
Blood Brotherhoods: The Rise of the Italian Mafias
The author of the bestselling COSA NOSTRA explores the previously underexposed mafias of Southern Italy.
Brothers: Justice, Corruption and the Mickelbergs
When somebody swindled the Perth Mint out of gold worth more than half a million dollars, the Mickelberg brothers, Ray, Peter and Brian, became the prime suspects. They were tried and convicted despite the fact that the gold was...
Burke and Hare
The unvarnished, human story behind the infamous Burke and Hare murders.
El Sicario: Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man
El Sicario, a fugitive in the US with a $250,000 price tag on his head. He has executed hundreds of people, is an expert in torture, spent years working for the state police, and received training from the FBI. This title offers a...
Cold Case Files: Past Crimes Solved by New Forensic Science
In this collection of fascinating cold cases from Australia, the UK and the US, award-winning writer Liz Porter shows how modern forensic science can unlock solutions for crimes and mysteries unsolved for decades, and, in some...
Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her
A memoir that deals with some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of the authors' lives. It presents their reflections about whether what they are doing could help find their daughter Madeleine.
The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia?
Some crimes are so mysterious or ghastly that they take on a legendary status, and Adelaide seems to have had more than its fair share of them. Stephen Orr rounds up the infamous crimes of his native city and looks beyond the myth...
People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman
People Who Eat Darkness is, by turns, a non-fiction thriller, a courtroom drama and the biography of both a victim and a killer. It is the story of a young woman who fell prey to unspeakable evil, and of a loving family torn apart...
The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811
In 1811, John Williams was buried with a stake in his heart. Was he the notorious East End killer or his eighth victim in the bizarre and shocking Ratcliffe Highway Murders? This book presents a reconstruction that draws on public...
Mafia Son: A Mafia Family, the FBI and a Story of Betrayal
The Scarpas were a New York Mafia dynasty led by Greg Scarpa Sr. But since the 1960s Scarpa has also been an informant for the FBI. Betrayed by his father, Gregory Jr. festers in Colorado's maximum security prison, where his...
Job: Fighting Crime from the Frontline
Charlie Bezzina was one of Victoria's top homicide detectives. His 37 years of service culminated in an acrimonious and highly controversial departure from the force.
Big Shots: Carl Williams and the Gangland Murders - the Inside Story
In 2003, Adam Shand naively set out to unravel Melbourne's bloody gangland wars and became embroiled in a complex world. In this fully updated edition, taking in the events of 2010, including the murder of Carl Williams, Big Shots...
Big Shots: The Chilling Inside Story of Carl Williams and the
This is the inside story of how a family feud became a grab for a multi-billion-dollar prize. It is also the author's personal journey into the lives of Australia's first celebrity gangsters, the police who pursued them and the...
Enforcer: The Real Story of One of Australia’s Most Feared Outlaw Bikers
Among members of the outlaw motorcycle clubs, Caesar Campbell is a legend. He was the founding member and sergeant-at-arms of the Australian chapter of the Bandidos. He epitomised bikie culture - unbeatable in a fight, brutal in...
No Angel: My Undercover Journey to the Dark Heart of the Hells Angels
In 2001, Jay Dobyns infiltrated a Hells Angels chapter operating in Arizona, in a highly secretive investigation code-named Operation Black Biscuit. The aim: to examine the criminal underbelly of the world's most famous biker...
Born or Bred?: Martin Bryant - the Making of a Mass Murderer
Martin Bryant murdered 35 people and injured 37 during the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania in 1996, a crime for which he is serving 35 life sentences in Hobart. The authors have gained access to tapes made following the murders,...
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
The fascinating story of a famous Victorian murder case - and the notorious detective who solved it
Pimp: The Story of My Life
Presents the anti-hero Iceberg Slim's story from defending his mother against the evil men she brought into their lives, to becoming a giant of the streets. It takes you into the secret inner world of the pimp, and the smells, the...
The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia’s Toughest Cop
There has never been a more feared or respected policeman in Australia than Brian 'Skull' Murphy. Adam Shand tells the story of the last of the super cops, collaring big-time crims and small-time thugs, rubbing shoulders with...
Dangerous to Know: An A-Z of Murder and Mayhem in Australasia
Suitable for those who want to know all there is to know about Australia's dark underbelly, this title presents an A to Z of Australasian crimes, criminals and their victims. It presents a comprehensive account of the bad, mad and...
On the Run
Cole Goodwin goes deep undercover to infiltrate the Australian Mafia. The covert investigation busts open the organisation. Unbeknownst to Cole, a lieutenant from the Calabria Mafiosi despatched to terminate the main undercover...
Tokyo Vice: A Western Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
For 12 years Jake Adelstein covered the seedy side of Japan, a world of extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption. But when it brought him face to face with Japan's most infamous yakuza boss - and the threat of death -...
Underworld UK: Knife Crime: The Law of the Blade
This book reveals the truth about the inexorable rise in knife crime and what - if anything - can be done to stop it.
Gangland Australia: Colonial Criminals to the Carlton Crew
Gangland Australia details the exploits of an unforgettable cast of villains, crooks and mobsters who have made up the criminal and gangland scene in Australia. It traces the developments in and the shifting dynamics of...
Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld
The story of a tiny community of 'honest' and 'dishonest' criminals in Transnistria, a remote region between Moldovia and Ukraine. This is a place with a strict code of honour, a complex hierarchy, and a deep distrust of...
The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath
In the dark opening months of the First World War, Britain became engrossed by 'The Brides in the Bath' trial. This was evil of an everyday, insidious kind, played out in the confines of married life, and brought to a horrendous...
Bonnie and Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend
Tells the true story of Bonnie and Clyde, beginning with a daring jailbreak and ending with an ambush and shoot-out that consigns their bullet-riddled bodies to the crumpled front seat of a hopped-up getaway car.
Shotgun and Standover: The Story of the Painters and Dockers
Few names in Australian criminal history are as redolent as the Painters and Dockers. They were a union gone to the bad. From famous criminals of the past such as Squizzy Tailor, through the recent gangland wars in Melbourne, the...
Walsh Street: The Cold-blooded Killings That Shocked Australia
On 11 October 1988, two young policemen who responded to a call from a resident on Walsh Street were ambushed and killed in cold blood. The men accused of their murder were acquitted. The police's case against the two brothers...
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