Graft, corruption and violence - Australia's crime frontier from 1788 to now
By Duncan McNab
The colourful and gripping story of the criminal exploits, larger-than-life characters, the politics and the crooks who have populated Australia's docks, wharves and ports - from the First Fleet to today.
Ever since the First Fleet dropped anchor, Australia's ports have been our opening to the world. They are also the breeding ground for many of Australia's most notorious criminals, and a magnet for local and overseas criminal syndicates. WATERFRONT is the story of the crimes, the politics, the characters and the corruption in our nation's ports.
From the time of Phillip and Bligh to today, from the gold rushes to modern-day drug smuggling, a criminal element has always found ways to profit from the rise and dominance of waterfront unions. After a century of Royal Commissions, reports, denials and crackdowns, crime and wrongdoing in Australia's ports remains organised, entrenched and incredibly profitable.
Investigative journalist and former police detective Duncan McNab lifts the lid on the intriguing and chequered history of Australia's waterfront.
Duncan McNab is a former police detective, private investigator, investigative journalist and media adviser to government and the private sector. He is the author of over seven books, including the phenomenally bestselling OUTLAW BIKERS IN AUSTRALIA. In 2015 he wrote WATERFRONT, lifting the lid on the crime, politics, violence and corruption that has always been present on Australia's waterfront. For ROGER ROGERSON, he sat in the Gao murder trial courtroom for eighteen weeks and has been following Rogerson's career - on both sides of the law - for over 30 years.
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27 Aug 2015
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a fascinating and detailed story to keep the reader riveted like steel plates on a ship — Manly Daily
After exhaustive research, journalist and former detective Duncan McNab has produced a fascinating darkside history that makes for an enthralling read. — Qantas The Australian Way
Duncan McNab lifts the lid on the intriguing and chequered history of Australia's waterfront. — Mid-West Times
Eye-opening — Newcastle Herald
Meticulously researched — Australian Financial Review
McNab's coverage of this relationship as an investigative journalist and former member of the fuzz is both insightful and intriguing. — Salty Popcorn
McNab's book is every bit as entertaining as it is informative — Bendigo Weekly