Smack Express : How organised crime got hooked on drugs
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.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 152 x 226 x 26mm | 399.16g
- 01 Apr 2010
- Allen & Unwin
- St Leonards, Australia
About Clive Small
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.
Table of contents
ContentsPreface 00AcknowledgementsAbout the Authors 00Cast of Characters 001. Bob Trimbole:The 'ndrangheta and the Mr Asia gang 002. The Big Three of Organised Crime:Lennie McPherson, George Freeman and Stan the Man' Smith 003. Murray Riley:The gentleman gangster 004. Snapper' Cornwell:A big fish in a big pond 005. Chris Flannery:Mr Rent-a-Kill' 006. The 1980s Sydney Gang War: We only kill each other ...' 007. Neddy' Smith:A life of crime and doing time 008. Stan the Man' Smith and Lawrence McLean:Mates to the end 009. Mikel' Hurley:From Balmain Boy to head honcho 0010. The Coogee MobThe head honcho's new gang 0011. Cabramatta:Rise and fall of a heroin capital 00Afterword 00What Happened To . . .? 00Bibliography 00Index 00