Jacks And Jokers
by Matthew Condon
Editor: University of Queensland Press
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The message has been powerfully clearIf you threatened the harmony of the joke, you did not last longBy continuing on the bestseller of Trois Crooked Rois, Valets et les Jokers opens in 1976Terry Lewis, exiled in West Queensland, is soon controversial appointed Police CommissionerAs for the other two original Tordu Kings, Tony Murphy is set to mercilessly take control of the operation of the’joke’, while Glen Hallahan, retired from the gendarmerie, begins to show a keen interest in the new drug tradeMeanwhile, ex-cop and “Bagman” Jack Herbert collects payments and efficiently takes the police registry to a whole new levelThe joke heralds an era of hard drugs, illegal gambling and prostitution, and leave it in its wake a chain of unsolved murders and a trail of dirty moneyWith the highest levels of police and government to close their eyes, the careers of honest police officers and the lives of innocent civilians are threatened, and often lost as corruption gets worse out of controlRevealing more incredible facts and, previously, unpublished stories, award-winning journalist and novelist Matthew Condon, once again exposes the shocking behavior outside the law by lawJacks and Jokers is the grip, the second slice of the spectacular rise and fall of a single man, an entire state and generations of corruption
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