Once Upon A Time In Melbourne
Carl Williams, Paul Dale, Terrence Hodson, Simon Overland, Christine Nixon, Nicola Gobbo, David Miechel, Steve Bracks, Ted Baillieua Once upon a time in Melbourne there was a gigolo who thought he was a vampire. He bit the tongue off a prostitute and was then murdered in broad daylight on a suburban street. His execution, top brass believed, was organised by police. The aftershocks of this killing; and the murder of a state witness and his wife inside their fortress home; rocked the police force and the Victorian Parliament, vanquished one government, and brought the next to its knees. This story involves kingsandmdash;of a sortandmdash;and queens, people in power and ambitious courtiers. It involves battles fought with bloody knuckles in the street and with carefully chosen words in air-conditioned rooms. This is the story of police corruption, for years swept under the carpet to avoid a Royal Commission. It is the story of a police force politicised to the point of paralysis and a witness protection program that buries its mistakes. It involves one crooked policeman still free, and living in a very big house; a drug baron who survived the gangland war, only to be murdered in the state's most secure jail; and battles royale within a police force comprised of thousands of pistol-packing members. This is a story of truth and calumny, justice and entropy, dirty politics and shining courage, real people, dud leaders, egomaniacs, psychopaths, rats, hollow men and corpses. But you are not in Kansas anymore and this is no fairytale. This is the story of Melbourne around the first decade of the new millenniumandmdash;its lawmen, villains and politicians. It is a bizarre, tawdry, unbelievable tale. Only every word of it happened.
Liam Houlihan is an award-winning journalist and former lawyer. He has reported from New York, Washington DC, from Sri Lanka after the tsunami, and Singapore for underworld figure Mick Gatto's pursuit of missing Opes Prime money. He was the Sunday Herald Sun's crime reporter for five years from 2007 until 2011 during the rise and fall of police chiefs Christine Nixon and Simon Overland. He is currently a News Editor at the Herald Sun. This is his fourth book.