Gangland Sydney details the exploits of an unforgettable cast of villains, crooks and mobsters who have defined the criminal and gangland scene in Sydney from the mid-1800s to the present day.In this compelling book, Britain’s top true crime author James Morton and barrister and legal broadcaster Susanna Lobez track the rise and fall of Sydney’s standover men, contract killers, robbers, brothel keepers, biker gangs and drug dealers, and also examine the role of police, politicians and lawyers who have helped and hindered the growth of these criminal empires.Vivid and explosive, Gangland Sydney is compulsive reading.
This workmanlike survey of crime in a major Australian city, from the authors of Gangland Melbourne, sacrifices depth for breadth, and raises far more questions than it answers. Readers are treated to an overly detailed litany of gangland violence, with little attempt to place those acts in a broader context. The authors state that despite extreme "mayhem" in 1939, Sydney was less violent than Melbourne, but don't even try to explain why. Readers also won't learn why women played a more prominent role than those in the U.S. mafia, why it was only in 1997 that Sydney cops were barred from drinking on duty, or why most of the cast of characters got their colorful nicknames. The pair even manage to make the dramatic story of an arrest based on a tattooed arm found in the belly of a shark hum-drum. The chronological approach isn't used consistently, with some confusing results, and the writing is sometimes sloppy. Photos.