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Three Crooked Kings by [Condon, Matthew]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1130 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0702238910
  • Publisher: University of Queensland Press (31 March 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGNNP24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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All of the corrupt activities of politicians, police and others outlined in the book took place when I was growing up in Brisbane. I could remember people talking about these corrupt police officers and the many other junior officers who were drawn into this damning culture permeating the force in those times. It took until the Fitzgerald Inquiry 1987 - 1989 for the very greedy Lewis to be nailed, however, it still astounds many just how Murphy and Hallahan did not receive similar convictions and incarceration. I had been to most of the night clubs, the National Hotel and other coffee clubs mentioned in the book and you learned how to behave and who to steer clear of. A very good read and certainly brought back lots of memories of that time in my life. I hope the next novel is equally enjoyable.
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I am ashamed to call myself a Queenslander after reading this first of Matthew Condon's books giving insight and depth to the corruption in Queensland but I am thankful to him for having the courage and craft to bring it all to light. I cannot say I look forward to reading the second and third books in the trilogy, not because they would not be superbly written but because they will no doubt reveal more of the insidious underbelly of my home state.
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Its a great book, very important reading for Queenslanders - the topic is pretty amazing at times, with what was happening in our police force, and the anecdotes really liven up and add depth to the historical narrative. In some ways its like a long investigative journalist piece. I wish it could have covered right up to the Fitzgerald enquiry but I'm looking forward to the next book to see what comes next.
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A well written account of corruption in the Police force of the State of Queensland, Australia, in the '50s to '80s.
The first of a trilogy on the subject - necessary because of the length of time.
When you read it consider what's happening in your part of the world - could it happen where you live.
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Actually, I really enjoy this Book, it was the depths that the corruption went too, and how far they had to protect their secrets, I even felt sorry for some of the people involved a bit there, but sometimes one cannot escape the past, there always someone watching.

Good Book
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I heard the author speak on radio a few months ago, and was fascinated by what he was saying. So decided to buy the book,and get a bit more in depth. Fascinating, real life people, and the almost unbelievable things that were going on.
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Good insight into the bad old days Queensland politics. I found this enjoyable reading.
All Queenslanders should read this book and anyone else interested in Australian politics and corruption within the Police force.
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Riveting! This book was easy to read, and put into perspective all those well-know and notorious names which were floating on the periphery of my world view as a child and young adult growing up in Brisbane. Very, Ah-so!
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