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Author Condon, Matthew, 1962- author

Title Three crooked kings / Matthew Condon
Published St Lucia, Queensland : University of Queensland Press, 2013
© 2013

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Description 346 pages ; 23 cm
regular print
Summary 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 Terence Murray 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 Glendon Patrick 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 which operated from Queensland and into New South Wales. This gripping book exposes 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 two 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
Analysis Australian
Biography
Corruption
History
Lewis, Terry
Police corruption
Police misconduct
Prostitution
Queensland
State police forces
Notes "The explosive ture story" -- Cover
Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Bischof, Francis Erich
Hallahan, Glendon Patrick
Lewis, Terence Murray, 1928-
Lewis, Terence.
Murphy, Tony.
Misconduct in office -- Australia -- Queensland.
Police corruption -- Queensland
Police corruption -- Australia -- Queensland.
Police -- Australia -- Queensland -- Biography.
Police -- Australia -- Queensland.
Political corruption -- Australia -- Queensland.
Political corruption -- Australia -- Queensland.
Queensland -- Politics and government -- 1976-1990
Genre/Form Biographies.
Author Condon, Matthew, 1962-
ISBN 9780702238918 (paperback)
Other Titles 3 crooked kings
Little Fish are Sweet: Terry Lewis, the Rat Pack and the true story of crime and corruption in Queensland