The book behind the hard-hitting TV dramaArt imitates life. Crooks take life.The actor cocks his finger for the camera. Real crooks cock real guns. The actor is playing 'Teflon John' Ibrahim. A real crook shot Ibrahim's brother five times...Art imitates life - and death - in a city on the make where the cops are on the take. Where cash is king and the fix is in - from boxiThe book behind the hard-hitting TV dramaArt imitates life. Crooks take life.The actor cocks his finger for the camera. Real crooks cock real guns. The actor is playing 'Teflon John' Ibrahim. A real crook shot Ibrahim's brother five times...Art imitates life - and death - in a city on the make where the cops are on the take. Where cash is king and the fix is in - from boxing ring to betting ring, police headquarters to Parliament House.This was Australia's underbelly... and it didn't get any tougher than on the strip they call the Golden Mile....
|Title||:||Underbelly: The Golden Mile|
|Number of Pages||:||474 Pages|
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Underbelly: The Golden Mile Reviews
The people (real people) in the book are interesting...which is why this book is so freaking horrible. The writing is bad--a bunch of cliches strung together to form chapters. There are limited references sited, so it's very difficult to deduce what really is hearsay and what is fact. Dates are mixed up, spelling errors, sentences that don't make sense or form complete sentences for that matter. Granted, I haven't read any of the other Underbelly stuff--this could be par for the course. But as stated it's a shame. These are interesting people with very interesting going-ons. Perhaps the books are thrown together only to supplement the televised mini-series? Kind of like Soap Opera Digest? If that's the case, I shouldn't have expected anything better.
This book was truly awesome. I could not help turning each page. It is all based around New South Wales Police corruption and the criminal network based in Kings Cross at the time. It is quite scary to read the accusations of the whistleblowers when the level of corruption was so high. This book showed me how far our police force has come since the 80s. Thank goodness the corruption culture died out. I am still sitting on the fence as to whether Roger Rogerson is a villain or a hero, perhaps I need to read up on him a little more!
Having already seen the mini series about this chapter of history, I had a fair idea about the characters.I was a little dissapointed that they didn't branch into more of the characters. Some chapters/characters were more intersting than others and I would have loved to read more about them.Overall it was a good read into the underworld of Sydney and has sparked my interest in finding more of the book to read, finding more history on these shady characters.
This book is interesting due to the actual happenings of the events. It's easy to lose your bearings though with so many names, events. Highly recommend it to those with an interest in Australian true crime.
I do enjoy these stories but I found this a little slow and at times put it done for awhile because I found it hard to pick it up.
I was leant this and still have it!! I read it in early 2012. It was a great read. The Golden Mile on TV was stunning of course. The book was very interesting.
A short story non fiction account of kings cross underworld figures. Some accounts had me wanting more, other not so much. The gangster and corrupt cop chapters were very interesting. 3.5 stars.
I bought this because I wanted to finish the series and it's certainly worth reading if you've seen the tv series. This is the source material for that particular season and as such, it's got a lot more detail and you'll find yourself referring to it from time to time. Don't think that this is the novel version of the season, it's not. This is a series of articles about that period of Australian history when crooked cops joined forces with crooks to cash in on drugs, prostitution and other crimes. I was in the Cross several times and always felt unsafe there, it had an atmosphere about it that was heady on the surface but you knew if you lost focus for an instant you might wind up dead.Silvester has covered the slow unravelling of the corruption that gave Sydney its name as Sin City, every Australian city had its red light district but Sydney's was always high profile, almost commercial in a sense. We all knew Sydney cops were as bent as bananas, they couldn't lie straight in bed to coin another phrase but there were honest cops amongst them who worked hard to root out the corruption and end the façade. As in the other Underbelly books, this is not a novelisation, it's a series of articles but once you've seen the series you can read this book to see how much they got wrong for dramatic effect, and it's a necessary thing when making a movie or series of a book. You can't get it all in so stop trying to do the impossible. Overall I liked it because I recall the headlines, I was from Melbourne and never had much to do with Sydney but it shines a light on Sydney's underbelly.This has certainly been an interesting series to read, all three books have been well written.