Three Crooked Kings

3 books in series
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Three Crooked Kings Publisher's Summary

The definitive account of an era that changed Queensland society - a searing story of greed, crime and corruption.

'It was the genius of the system.... From day to day you didn't know who was on the take or not. You didn't know who you could trust.'

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 story exposes the final pieces of the puzzle, unearths new evidence on cold cases, and explores the pivotal role that whistle-blower 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, award-winning journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has crafted the definitive account of an era that changed a state and is still reverberating to this day.

©2013 Matthew Condon (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Three Crooked Kings

    • Three Crooked Kings, Book 1
    • By: Matthew Condon
    • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

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    • By Tracey on 10-02-17

    Regular price: $36.14

  • Book 2

    • Jacks and Jokers

    • Three Crooked Kings, Book 2
    • By: Matthew Condon
    • Narrated by: Dave Treddinick
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The gripping second instalment of the rise - and spectacular fall - of one man, an entire state and generations of corruption. 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.

    Regular price: $36.14

  • Book 3

    • All Fall Down

    • Three Crooked Kings, Book 3
    • By: Matthew Condon
    • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
    • Length: 21 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The gripping finale to Three Crooked Kings and Jacks and Jokers brings to a close Matthew Condon's best-selling true-crime trilogy. In 1983, the soon-to-be-knighted Police Commissioner Terry Lewis continues to turn a blind eye to the operation of The Joke, a highly organised system of graft payments from illegal gambling, prostitution and illicit drugs. As the tentacles of this fraudulent vice network spread, the fabric holding together the police, judiciary and political system starts to unravel.

    Regular price: $37.30