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Three Crooked Kings

(2013)
A non fiction book by

 

Journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has crafted the definitive account - a searing story of greed, crime, and corruption - of an era that changed Queensland society; an impact that reverberates across the country to this day. In 1949, a young Terence Murray Lewis graduated from the police academy, ready to start his career in law enforcement. 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. This book follows Lewis' journey through the ranks, as he becomes part of the so-called Rat Pack with detectives Glenn Hallahan and Tony Murphy under the guiding influence of Commissioner Frank Bischof. 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. It was part of a grand narrative teeming with murder, pay-offs, political machinations, drug heists, assisted suicides, police in-fighting, and a complicated system of corruption that ultimately collapsed under its own weight. 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's endemic generational corruption.

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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Three Crooked Kings (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Matthew Condon
ISBN: 1-4596-8730-2 / 978-1-4596-8730-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2013 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Three Crooked Kings
Author(s): Matthew Condon
ISBN: 0-7022-3891-0 / 978-0-7022-3891-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

September 2017 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: Three Crooked Kings
Author(s): Matthew Condon
ISBN: 1-4894-0960-2 / 978-1-4894-0960-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Three Crooked Kings
Author(s): Matthew Condon
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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