Two bound Thai prostitutes are thrown into a Northern Territory river teeming with crocodiles. An elderly father and son are chopped to pieces by tomahawk-wielding ferals in Tasmania. A 'brave heart' youth worker is found savagely battered to death in Sydney for no apparent reason, mysteriously with false teeth in his pocket. When it comes to our most baffling, bizarre and brutal modern murders, very little is as it seems. Badlands unpacks the compelling psychological riddles, inspired investigations and sensational plot twists of 13 sordid contemporary homicides. Taking in the full sweep of humanity, from bumbling junkies to rich white rappers, illustrious art critics, deranged killers and tenacious cops, Liam Houlihan melds exclusive interviews and scrupulous research to bring us the most riveting stories from the depths of Australia's Badlands.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 152.4 x 234.95 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
- 01 Nov 2010
- Melbourne University Press
- Victory Books
- VIC, Australia
- 8 pp photos
"Houlihan gives every state a look-in with this collection of easy-to-read true but nasty tales of people doing unspeakable things to each other . . . In most instances the perpetrators are caught, but not all, and those are the most intriguing." "--MX"
About Liam Houlihan
Liam Houlihan is a multi-award-winning journalist and former lawyer. He has reported from New York (for the NY Post), Washington, DC (including a stint in the White House press pool), from Sri Lanka after the Boxing Day tsunami, and has trailed Mick Gatto's pursuit of missing Opes Prime money in Singapore. He is currently Chief of Staff the Sunday Herald Sun, whose police and underworld exclusives are regularly syndicated by other media around the country.