THE #1 TRUE CRIME BESTSELLER. Serial killings, child abductions, organised crime hits and domestic murders. This is the memoir of a homicide detective.
WINNER OF 2021 DANGER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
Here I am: tall and broad, shaved head, had my nose broken three times fighting. Black suit, white shirt, the big city homicide detective. I've led investigations into serial killings, child abductions, organised crime hits and domestic murders. But beneath the suit, I've got an Om symbol in the shape of a Buddha tattooed on my right bicep. It balances the tattoo on my left ribs: Better to die on your feet than live on your knees. That's how I choose to live my life.
As a cop, I got paid to catch killers and I learned what doing it can cost you. It cost me marriages and friendships. It cost me my reputation. They tell you not to let a case get personal, but I think it has to. Each one has taken a piece out of me and added a piece, until there's only pieces.
I catch killers - it's what I do. It's who I am.
Gary Jubelin was one of Australia's most celebrated detectives, leading investigations into the disappearance of preschooler William Tyrrell, the serial killing of three Aboriginal children in Bowraville and the brutal gangland murder of Terry Falconer. During his 34-year career, Detective Chief Inspector Jubelin also ran the crime scene following the Lindt Cafe siege, investigated the death of Caroline Byrne and recovered the body of Matthew Leveson. Jubelin retired from the force in 2019. This is his story.
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A key investigator in some of Australia’s most high-profile cases, retired Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin shares compelling accounts from his three-decade career in this true crime memoir. Jubelin became a detective in Sydney in the mid-1980s, going on to lead landmark investigations involving missing child William Tyrrell, the gangland slaying of Terry Falconer and the 2014 siege at Sydney’s Lindt Café. These stories are tense, thorough and emotionally satisfying. Now hosting a podcast of the same name, Jubelin offers penetrating insights into both the high stakes and personal toll of police work.
Great read. Also love the podcast
Compelling need for change
I terrific read especially grassroots descriptions of treatment of indigenous people by the police force and the justice system.
I really enjoyed this story of a passionate and dedicated man.