His first book, The Motorcycle Cafe , was widely reviewed and praised. Matthew Condon reveals a compelling account of corruption in the Queensland Police Force. At 84, he now lives a spartan life in a north Brisbane suburb. You only find out at the end that the author had initially been approached by Sir Terence Lewis to 'tell the story', but as Sir Terence had been found guilty of corruption and gaoled, his repeated denials that any of the It took me a while to get into this book, but as I started to figure out who the main players were and spent a bit of time online looking at news articles and the 4 Corners programme that blew the decades of corruption in the Queensland police wide open, I really became engaged. 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. However in his first book in a two part series Fitzgerald comes in the next installment , Matthew Condon illustrates beyond shadow of a doubt that corruption in the Sunshine State was a long term reality, dating back to the 1950s and the reign of Commissioner Frank Bischoff.
It is a searing story of greed, crime and corruption. Abstract: Three Crooked Kings is the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. Terence Murray Lewis lifted himself out of poverty and emotional neglect to reach the pinnacle of power as the knighted Commissioner of Police in Queensland. But it mightn't have been only Jack Herbert who told me lies. Then, with the advent of the Fitzgerald Inquiry into Police Corruption in 1987, his life and that of his family fell apart overnight.
At its core is Terence Murray Lewis, deposed and jailed former police commissioner. A very good read and certainly brought back lots of memories of that time in my life. Having said that, at times the book was a bit dry - almost like a recitation of information with little colour or embellishment. 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 Kingsis the first of two explosive books. 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.
Condon writes chronologically from the 50s into the 70s, with great detail, amazing candor, pulling no punches when it comes to the truth. Starting out with the shocking death of prostitute, madam and confidante of many high-ranking officials in Queensland, there was an attempt to make Shirley Brifman's death seem like an accidental, rather than forced drug overdose. I'm looking forward to the sequel All Fall Down, due out later this year. I found the first half a bit of a slog, but read the last half in a day with ease. 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. The Trout Opera, an epic novel that took him more than ten years to write, examines the Australian character through its chief protagonist Wilfred Lampe, a rabbiter and farm hand who spends his entire life in the township of Dalgety, on the banks of the Snowy River.
Campbell Newman needs it on his bedside table. 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. The definitive account of an era that changed Queensland society - a searing story of greed, crime and corruption. 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. This is the first time its real story in this country has ever been told. It goes to show you that truth is sometimes scarily stranger than fiction.
The gripping finale to Three Crooked Kings and Jacks and Jokers brings to a close Matthew Condon's best-selling true-crime trilogy. Behind the many false leads and dead ends, precious clues emerged that pointed to one man. The author of this book, Matthew Condon, is an award winning newspaper journalist and author, and it's this background and his skill that clearly make this a very readable book. Three Crooked Kings 2013 , Jacks and Jokers 2014 and All Fall Down 2015. Matthew Condon spent two years interviewing Lewis, and has additionally interviewed hundreds of his contemporaries, former premiers and politicians, petty criminals and standover merchants, and ordinary Queenslanders and their relatives who unwittingly got caught up in a corruption network that traversed decades. Awards: Short-listed for Queensland Literary Awards: Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year 2013 Description: 346 pages ; 23 cm Responsibility: Matthew Condon. 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.
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. Condon writes chronologically from the 50s into the 70s, with great detail, amazing candor, pulling no punches when it comes to the truth. Looking forward to the next one. I am looking forward to my next holiday. And why do they wear those stupid wigs? The amount of people he's interviewed and pieced together the stories of is fantastic.
This is obviously a meticulously researched book. Also, with unprecedented access to Lewis' personal papers that cover everything from his induction as a constable in 1949, his complete official police diaries and previously confidential police documents to his private prison diaries, Three Crooked Kings is the definitive account of an era that changed Queensland society. The devastating consequences of those decades of corruption still reverberate today. 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. I am not a native Queenslander and the Fitzgerald Inquiry is at the edge of my political awakening, but I do remember it. Do women rape each other? For readers not familiar with this tumultuous period of Brisbane's history, this would not be an easy read due to hundreds of names and dates and places. As a post-script, in November 2015 two of the gang allegedly responsible for the crime now both in their 70s were arrested and charged.
Matthew has done extensive research, interviewing vast numbers of people from policemen to bartenders. In Three Crooked Kings, Lewis - the missing piece in the puzzle of the story of Queensland's endemic generational corruption - speaks for the first time and offers his version of the narrative. He served ten years in prison for official corruption. Through his extensive research, Matthew Condon has spoken to hundreds of Lewis' contemporaries, criminals, former premiers, politicians and ordinary Queenslanders who were impacted by the events of the inquiry. It also reveals how law enforcement at an international level is losing the battle against the gangs. Murphy might have told them too.