Three Crooked Kings
by Matthew Condon
Editor: University of Queensland Press
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“He was the genius of the systemDay by day, you didn’t know who was on whether or not to takeYou don’t know who you can trustThree Crooked Kings is the most shocking of Queensland’s true history and how a society has been shaped by nearly half a century of corruptionIn the heart of Terence Murray Lewis, deposed and imprisoned former police commissionerFrom its entry into force in 1949, Lewis rose through the ranks to become part of the so-called “Rat Pack” with Glendon detectives Patrick Hallahan and Tony Murphy under the guiding influence of Commissioner Frank BischofThe next four decades do for a burning story of cops and murders, bagmen and blackmail, and the sin and corruption of the Conservatives that exposes a mob police that took place in Queensland and New South WalesThis gripping book exposes the latest pieces of the puzzle, uncovers new evidence on cold cases, and explores the pivotal role that the denunciation of Shirley Brifman, prostitute and the brothel owner, played until his sudden deathBased on extensive and unprecedented access to Terry Lewis and his personal papers, as well as hundreds of interviews with key actors and conspirators, Three Crooked Kings is the first of two explosive booksAwarded to journalist and novelist Matthew Condon designed the definitive account of an era that has changed state and is still felt today
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