Jacks and Jokers

Jacks and Jokers : The Extraordinary True Story Continues

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'The message was powerfully clear. If you threatened the harmony of the Joke, you didn't last long.' Continuing on from the bestselling Three Crooked Kings, Jacks and Jokers opens in 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. Meanwhile, ex-cop and 'Bagman' Jack Herbert collects the payments and efficiently takes police graft to a whole new level. The Joke heralds an era of hard drugs, illegal gambling and prostitution, and leaves in its wake a string of unsolved murders and a trail of dirty money. With the highest levels of police and government turning a blind eye, the careers of honest police officers and the lives of innocent civilians are threatened and often lost as corruption escalates out of control. Revealing more incredible facts and previously untold stories, award-winning journalist and novelist Matthew Condon once again exposes the shocking behaviour outside the law by the law. Jacks and Jokers is the gripping second instalment of the rise - and spectacular fall - of one man, an entire state and generations of corruption.

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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 38.1mm | 612.35g
  • University of Queensland Press
  • St LuciaAustralia
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0702249963
  • 9780702249969
  • 34,720

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About Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist. He is currently on staff with the "Courier-Mail"'s "Qweekend" magazine and previously worked for leading newspapers and journals including the "Sydney Morning Herald," the "Daily Telegraph," and the "Sunday Age." He is also the author of several books of fiction, including" The Ancient Guild of Tycoons," "Brisbane," and "The Lulu Magnet," "Three Crooked Kings," and "The Trout Opera."

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