Smack Express

How organised crime got hooked on drugs

Clive Small Tom Gilling
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Exposes the truth about the multi-million dollar heroin trafficking business and reveals the raw insides of the industry in a way only a policeman could.

Organised crime in Australia doesn't just exist on our television screens. The real world of serious crime operates every day and in every state of the country. It is a multi-billion dollar business and at its core are the drug trade and a world of secrecy and self-protection where intimidation and violence are used as the first and only resort.

Smack Express takes us deep into this world and unravels the web of criminal connections that are at the heart of the Australian underworld. It is about stand over merchants, big time drug dealers and small time crims, politicians, corrupt police, informants, undercover cops, contract killers, criminal gangs, and lawyers and accountants operating on the edge of the law. It is also about the Calabrian Mafia, triads and an international milieu that has connections across Southeast Asia and into Columbia.

Authoritative and meticulously researched, Clive Small and Tom Gilling fit together all the pieces of this frightening and fascinating puzzle. Theirs is the book on organised crime for this generation.

Author bio:

Now retired, CLIVE SMALL was one of NSW's most successful detectives and an Assistant Commissioner of Police before becoming ICAC's chief investigator. TOM GILLING's acclaimed novels, The Sooterkin, Miles McGinty and Dreamland, have all been published in Australia, as well as in London and New York. He co-wrote The Bagman: Final Confessions of Jack Herbert.

Category: True Crime
ISBN: 9781741756364
Table Of Contents: Contents

Preface 00

Acknowledgements

About the Authors 00

Cast of Characters 00

1. Bob Trimbole:

The 'ndrangheta and the Mr Asia gang 00

2. The Big Three of Organised Crime:

Lennie McPherson, George Freeman and Stan the Man' Smith 00

3. Murray Riley:

The gentleman gangster 00

4. Snapper' Cornwell:

A big fish in a big pond 00

5. Chris Flannery:

Mr Rent-a-Kill' 00

6. The 1980s Sydney Gang War:

We only kill each other ...' 00

7. Neddy' Smith:

A life of crime and doing time 00

8. Stan the Man' Smith and Lawrence McLean:

Mates to the end 00

9. Mikel' Hurley:

From Balmain Boy to head honcho 00

10. The Coogee Mob

The head honcho's new gang 00

11. Cabramatta:

Rise and fall of a heroin capital 00

Afterword 00

What Happened To . . .? 00

Bibliography 00

Index 00
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2009
Page Extent: 288
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: True crime

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