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Real Crime Island Time: The Dark Side of Rarotonga's Cook Islands Paradise

Real Crime Island Time: The Dark Side of Rarotonga's Cook Islands Paradise

Rod Henderson

$29.99
Real Crime Island Time  tells it how it is on the island of Rarotonga  the sun, the sand, the suspicion and the sorrow. For an island that is only 32 kilometres in circumference, Rarotonga has more than its fair share of nefarious intrigue, murder and disappearances.
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Busted: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Ecstasy Haul and How the Australian Calabrian Mafia Nearly Got Away with it

Busted: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Ecstasy Haul and How the Australian Calabrian Mafia Nearly Got Away with it

Keith Moor

$35.00
Bestselling writer and organised-crime expert Keith Moor takes us behind the headlines of the world's biggest seizure of ecstasy to expose a sophisticated mafia network in Australia. In 2007, Melbourne customs officials intercepted 15 million ecstasy tablets hidden in 3000 tomato tins arriving from Naples, Italy u the largest haul of ecstasy in the world. The seized pills had a street value of $440 million. After getting a lucky break from the actions of a diligent customs officer, the Australian Federal Police swooped on the traffickers. As they brought in the suspects, the powerful Calabrian Mafia was exposed as being at the heart of it all. Drawing on years of research and never-before-revealed evidence, Busted details this extraordinary case u one of the largest AFP operations ever u and how it fits into the murky history of Australian organised crime. From the Walkley Awarduwinning author of Crims in Grass Castles, this is a fascinating and powerful account of one of the biggest crimes, and many of the worst criminals, our society has seen.
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Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime

Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime

National Library of Australia

$24.99
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From the notorious Louisa Collins in 1880s NSW, who murdered two husbands with rat poison, to a blazing shoot-out featuring prominent underworld figure Antonio Martini at Taronga Zoo in the 1940s, this book features stories of true crimes that shocked and thrilled the Australian public.

When pulp magazines first started leaping off the news stands and railway station book stands of Australia’s cities in the 1930s, some decried them as evidence of moral and cultural decay and the opposition continued into the 1950s. But Famous Detective Stories, which first appeared in 1946,would go on to become bohemian literary entrepreneur Frank Johnson’s most successful and longest-running title. Johnson had launched his comic book and pulp magazine publishing house in the void created by the wartime ban of imported American comics in 1940.

He gathered around him moonlighting journalists, former police detectives and keen amateurs, who, armed with news clippings of infamous crimes, produced story after story for a reading public that couldn’t get enough. Pocket-sized and easily read on public transport, the books were cheap entertainment, disposable and unpretentious. The tawdry, lurid covers tiptoed close to the censor’s line and were designed to titillate.

In this new book, stories of love triangles, murders, great escapes, slave trading and robberies are paired with newspaper cuttings of the crimes, allowing the reader to delve deeper into each case. The crimes aren’t always bloody - a brawl over a church pew between a bad-tempered archdeacon and a newspaper editor in the 1820s involved church invasions and retaliatory libel suits and kept the public entertained for months -but the victims and perpetrators are always memorable.
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Zero Zero Zero

Zero Zero Zero

Roberto Saviano

$24.99
International bestselling author Roberto Saviano explores the inner workings of the world of drugs and dirty money - its rules and armies - and the true depth of its reach. From Mexican cartels to Milanese financiers, Guatemalan mercenaries to Ukrainian warlords, Calabrian traffickers to the traders in Wall Street and London who wash the money clean. This is an unforgettable story that goes around the globe and through every level of society to show the extent to which the drug trade affects us all.
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Smuggler - a Memoir: A True Story of Marijuana, the Hippie Mafia and One of America's Most Wanted International Drug Traffickers

Smuggler - a Memoir: A True Story of Marijuana, the Hippie Mafia and One of America's Most Wanted International Drug Traffickers

Richard Stratton

$29.99
Richard Stratton was the unlikeliest of drug kingpins. He was a clean-cut college student who fell in love with the adrenaline high of cross-border drug trafficking after bringing two kilos of marijuana across the US border from a trip to Mexico. He never looked back. Stratton became a member of the hippie mafia, living the underground life while embracing the hippie credo, rejecting hard drugs in favour of marijuana and hashish, which he brought into the US by the ton. As an anti-establishment outlaw he was friends with Norman Mailer. As a major drug importer he worked with Whitey Bulger and some of the most notorious American crime figures. Smuggler gives the no-holds-barred account of Stratton's life as one of America's biggest traffickers. From Lebanon to the Caribbean, from improvised airstrips in the backwoods of New England to the badlands of the US-Mexican border, and from five-star Manhattan hotels to the brutal reality of federal prison and a 25-year sentence, we follow his story as his fortunes rise and fall. A true crime memoir that reads like fiction, Smuggler is an incredible and revealing trip into the world of international drug trafficking.
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A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad

A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad

Del Quentin Wilber

$32.99
In a true crime cross between James Ellroy and David Simon's The Wire, A Good Month for Murder follows twelve homicides, three police-involved shootings and the furious hunt for an especially brutal killer in Washington D.C. After gaining unparalleled access to the homicide unit in Prince George's County, which borders the nation's capital, bestselling author Del Quentin Wilber begins shadowing the talented, often quirky detectives who get the call when a body falls. After a quiet couple of months, all hell breaks loose: suddenly every detective in the squad is scrambling to solve one shooting and stabbing after another. Meanwhile, the entire unit is obsessed with a stone-cold 'red ball', a high-profile case involving a seventeen-year-old honour student attacked by a gunman who kicked down the door to her house and shot her in her bed. This is the inside story of how a team of detectives carry out their almost impossible job. Murder is the police investigator's ultimate crucible: to solve a killing, a detective must speak for the dead. More than any recent book, A Good Month for Murder shows what it takes to succeed when the stakes couldn't possibly be higher.
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