How can a relaxed, sociable, loving man with a strong work ethic keep the truth of his inner life, his dark side, hidden from friends, family and even the woman he marries? You didn't know who you could trust. Freedom will only be retained through eternal vigilance. At 84, he w lives a spartan life in a rth Brisbane suburb. In this never-before-told inside story, Spiteri puts himself at risk to reveal everything from the drug trafficking which funds the clubs' operations to the extreme violence that continues to make them infamous. The next four decades make for a searing tale of cops and killings, bagmen and blackmail, and sin and sleaze that exposes a police underworld which operated from Queensland and into New South Wales. Matthew has done extensive research, interviewing vast numbers of people from policemen to bartenders. The next four decades make for a searing tale of cops and killings, bagmen and blackmail, and sin and sleaze that exposes a police underworld which operated from Queensland and into New South Wales.
At its core is Terence Murray Lewis, deposed and jailed former police commissioner. For those people who are now age pensioners this story re-tells very recent history and goes into far more detail than did the media stories during the time of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Informed by the science of criminal psychology, court documents and transcripts, correspondence and many interviews with Rose in the notorious Goulburn Supermax prison, Campbell McConachie's account is a unique and fascinating journey into the life and mind of a multiple murderer. Through his extensive research, Matthew Condon has spoken to hundreds of Lewis' contemporaries, criminals, former premiers, politicians and ordinary Queenslanders who Having spent the past two years interviewing Terry Murray Lewis, former Commissioner of Queensland Police, Condon delves into the crime and corruption that finally resulted in the Fitzgerald Inquiry of 1987. This gripping book exposes the final pieces of the puzzle, unearths new evidence on cold cases, and explores the pivotal role that whistleblower Shirley Brifman, prostitute and brothel owner, played until her sudden death.
Based on extensive and unprecedented access to Terry Lewis and his personal papers, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players and conspirators, Three Crooked Kings is the first of two explosive books. Awarded journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has crafted the definitive account of an era that changed a state and is still reverberating to this day. His home life's a misery, he's been retrenched by the bank, and everyone's forgotten his birthday. But it mightn't have been only Jack Herbert who told me lies. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious Bang Kwang prison - better known as the Bangkok Hilton. All Fall Down offers an unprecedented insight into the Fitzgerald Inquiry and Lewis's subsequent years in prison, and explores the real story behind the dramatic exit of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. All of the corrupt activities of politicians, police and others outlined in the book took place when I was growing up in Brisbane.
Condon says the word on the street was that Barbara was going to be 'knocked' as she was talking too much In Three Crooked Kings Matthew Condon briefly discusses the murder of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters. They say that hindsight brings great wisdom. It wasn't a flawless book: slow to start, and in refraining from sensationalism which is wonderful considering the subject matter Condon possibly goes a bit too far in the other direction and can be a bit dry. A Night at the Pink Poodle and The Lulu Magnet both won Steele Rudd Awards for Short Fiction. But with a quote like that do you really expect Lewis to confess to anything at all in the next book? Awards: Short-listed for Queensland Literary Awards: Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year 2013 Description: 346 pages ; 23 cm Responsibility: Matthew Condon. I am not a native Queenslander and the Fitzgerald Inquiry is at the edge of my political awakening, but I do remember it. A Night at the Pink Poodle and The Lulu Magnet won back-to-back Steele Rudd Awards for Short Fiction.
The author of this book, Matthew Condon, is an award winning newspaper journalist and author, and it's this background and his skill that clearly make this a very readable book. The definitive account of an era that changed Queensland society - a searing story of greed, crime and corruption. And do you think the most dangerous inmate in Australia is a man? The alleged suicide of prostitute and brothel madam Shirley Brifman in the early 1970s provides the turning point for a culture that reigned unchecked for several decades. Author Biography Matthew Condon is the author of ten books of fiction, most recently The Trout Opera, and the non-fiction book Brisbane. A worthwhile beginning that entices one to read the complet What a comprehensive account of a fascinating time in Queensland and New South Wales policing history! There's an element of truth in this, in that there were long factual passages, but it was still interesting, especially for those of us who lived through at least part of this period. Condon presents characters that are unbelievable. It certainly makes for interesting reading.
We learn about the Police Commissioner Frank Bischof who ran the force and incubated the trio's dishonest tendencies. It is also a credit to Matthew that no one has sued him, and this appears to be because of the fair and balanced way he has reported these issues. This gripping book exposes the final pieces of the puzzle, unearths new evidence on cold cases, and explores the pivotal role that whistleblower Shirley Brifman, prostitute and brothel owner, played until her sudden death. The Trout Opera, an epic novel that took him more than ten years to write, examines the Australian character through its chief protagonist Wilfred Lampe, a rabbiter and farm hand who spends his entire life in the township of Dalgety, on the banks of the Snowy River. I have the second book on order. It is centred more around the role that detectives Murphy and Hallahan and former police commissioner Bischof, played in the corruption.
Its impact reverberates to this day. Join Shaun on a harrowing voyage into the darkest recesses of human existence. It is also both strategic and opportunistic - where they cannot dominate, they broker alliances. At its core is Terence Murray Lewis, deposed and jailed former police commissioner. Based on unprecedented interviews with Terry Lewis and access to his personal papers, this book is the missing piece in the puzzle of the story of Queensland? Three Crooked Kings stops short of the enquiry, which will be dealt with in a sequel, I heard Matthew Condon speak at Literati on the Gold Coast in May this year and was so impressed by his talk that I bought Three Crooked Kings. In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile. Based on extensive and unprecedented access to Terry Lewis and his personal papers, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players and conspirators, Three Crooked Kings is the first of two explosive books.
This book also serves to underline the very real danger of corruption when one takes freedom for granted. However in his first book in a two part series Fitzgerald comes in the next installment , Matthew Condon illustrates beyond shadow of a doubt that corruption in the Sunshine State was a long term reality, dating back to the 1950s and the reign of Commissioner Frank Bischoff. I will take it with me and read and savour it again. The level of corruption within the Queensland Police force was astounding. Matthew Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist. The E-mail message field is required. Over the next four decades, he rose to the pinnacle of power as the knighted Commissioner of Police in Queensland before his spectacular downfall and imprisonment after the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s.
Based on extensive and unprecedented access to Terry Lewis and his personal papers, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players and conspirators, Three Crooked Kings is the first of two explosive books. In 1949, a young Terence Murray Lewis graduated from the police academy, ready to start his career in law enforcement. I found the first half a bit of a slog, but read the last half in a day with ease. Over the next four decades, he rose to the pinnacle of power as the knighted Commissioner of Police in Queensland before his spectacular downfall and imprisonment after the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s. At first I found it difficult to remember all the different players, having no substantial background knowledge.