The Australian Book of True Crime: Crimes that Shocked Australia

Allen & Unwin
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Twenty-one of Australia's most startling real-life crimes, from the late 1800s to the present day are collected here in one gripping volume. Using exhaustive research, court records, police statements and original interviews, Larry Writer offers fascinating new insights into the lives of some of Australia's most notorious villains and their victims.
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About the author

Larry Writer is the author of The Australian Book of True Crime and The Australian Book of Heroism, the Ned Kelly Award-winning Razor, Bumper: The Life and Legend of Frank 'Bumper' Farrell, Pleasure and Pain, and Never Before, Never Again. He is a former editor, senior journalist and London bureau chief with Australian Consolidated Press and Time Inc. Magazines. Larry lives in Sydney with his family.
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Allen & Unwin
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Jul 1, 2008
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True Crime / General
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Eligible for Family Library

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