The Griffith Wars

The powerful true story of Donald Mackay's murder and the town that stood up to the Mafia

Tom Gilling and Terry Jones
AUD $32.99
Availability: Out of print

The story behind the murder that shocked a nation.

The assassination of Donald Mackay was meant to solve a problem for the mafia. Instead it roused the law-abiding citizens of Griffith to fight against the powerful criminal elements who had made their town synonymous with drugs and murder.

Drawing on the personal diaries and memories of Terry Jones - who, as the editor of the local newspaper, knew everyone and heard everything - The Griffith Wars reveals startling new evidence about one of Australia's most notorious unsolved murders. It also powerfully recounts the struggle for the soul of a country town still battling to shake off its criminal past.

Author bio:

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. His is co-author with Clive Small of the highly successful Smack Express, Blood Money, Evil Life and The Dark Side.

Terry Jones was a friend of Donald Mackay, a long-time resident of Griffith and editor of The Area News and The Griffith Times. His diaries form the basis of this book.

Category: True Crime
ISBN: 9781760295912
Table Of Contents: 1. Aussie Bob takes a punt

2. Guns and godfathers

3. A new crop

4. Boom town

5. Shame

6. Coleambally drug bust

7. Mackay has to go

8. They've killed Don

9. Follow the money

10. A clairvoyant and a royal commission

11. Another body

12. Mr Asia

13. Special tomatoes

14. Aussie Bob on the run

15. Bodies in the river

16. Aussie Bob: dead or alive?

17. Parrington pays

18. Cops and crops

19. Witness X

10. Blackmail

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 2017
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: True crime

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