Description - Three Crooked Kings by Matthew Condon
One of the landmark Australian true-crime books, with a new introduction following the death of disgraced Police Commissioner Terry Lewis.
'It was the genius of the system ... from day to day you didn't know who was on the take or not. You didn't
know who you could trust.'
Three Crooked Kings is the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. At its core is Terry Lewis, deposed and jailed former police commissioner. From his entry into the force in 1949, Lewis rose through the ranks, becoming part of the so-called Rat Pack with detectives Glen Hallahan and Tony Murphy under the guiding inﬂuence of Commissioner Frank Bischof.
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 that operated from Queensland to New South Wales. This gripping book examines 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 three 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.
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