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The gripping second instalment of the rise - and spectacular fall - of one man, an entire state and generations of corruption.

'The message was powerfully clear. If you threatened the harmony of the Joke, you didn't last long.'

1976. Terry Lewis, exiled in Western Queensland, is soon to be controversially appointed Police Commissioner. As for the other two original Crooked Kings, Tony Murphy is set to ruthlessly take control of the workings of 'The Joke' while Glen Hallahan, retired from the force, begins to show a keen interest in the emerging illicit drug trade. Meanwhile, ex-cop and 'Bagman' Jack Herbert collects the payments and efficiently takes police graft to a whole new level.

The Joke heralds an era of hard drugs, illegal gambling and prostitution and leaves in its wake a string of unsolved murders and a trail of dirty money. With the highest levels of police and government turning a blind eye, the careers of honest police officers and the lives of innocent civilians are threatened and often lost as corruption escalates out of control.

Revealing more incredible facts and previously untold stories, award-winning journalist and novelist Matthew Condon once again exposes the shocking behaviour outside the law by the law.

©2014 Matthew Condon (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Keith
  • 03-07-21

Compelling

A little disjointed, especially in the beginning. But if you grew up in Brisbane during this era, as I did, it is a compelling story. Dark though, oh so very dark.

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  • Hank
  • 11-14-19

Great narration but story too long- winded

I couldn't finish this book. There was so much meandering in the plot that I lost sight of how each twist was connected with Terry Lewis. I often wondered where it was going because new characters, a different scene and different time would often be introduced. I loved the Fair-Dinkum (so to speak) Aussie narration. Gave the story a great local Australian feel set in the 60s and 70s. Being a Brisbane-ite also loved reading about the places I'm familiar with today and what they were back in the 60s and 70s. Most people today would not realise the inconspicuous places today that were once massage parlors, gambling dens or illegal brothels that corrupt police would frequent. But apart from that it was very long- winded and could have easily been condensed into half it's size.