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American Gangster

In 1970s New York, the ruthless Frank Lucas was the king of the Harlem drug trade, bringing in more than a million dollars a day. At the height of his power there were so many heroin addicts buying from him on 116th Street that he claimed the Transit Authority had to change the bus routes. Lucas lived a glamorous life, hobnobbing with sport stars, musicians, and politicians, but he was also a ruthless gangster. He was notorious for using the coffins of dead GIs to smuggle heroin into the United States and before his fall, when he was sentenced to 70 years in prison, he played a major role in the near death of New York City.

In American Gangster, Marc Jacobson’s captivating account of the life of Frank Lucas (the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture) joins other tales of New York City from the past thirty years. It is a vibrant, intoxicating, many-layered portrait of one of the most fascinating cities in the world from one of America’s most acclaimed journalists.

The Art of Political Murder

On a Sunday night in 1998, Bishop Juan Gerardi, Guatemala’s leading human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death. Two days earlier, a Church-sponsored report had implicated Guatemala’s government in the disappearances of 200,000 civilians. The Church, feeling that it could not rely on the legal system, took the controversial decision to assemble a team of men, Los Intocables (The Untouchables), to take down Gerardi’s killers.

In a gripping reconstruction, worthy of Graham Greene, Francisco Goldman traces Los Intocables struggle with the Guatemalan authorities to reveal the true story, uncovering the involvement of youth gangs, political corruption and organised crime. Most of all, he tells the story of an extraordinary group of courageous people and their fight for justice.

The Darkest Web

Dark…

A kingpin willing to murder to protect his dark web drug empire. A corrupt government official determined to avoid exposure. The death of a dark web drugs czar in mysterious circumstances in a Bangkok jail cell, just as the author arrives there.

Who is Variety Jones and why have darknet markets ballooned tenfold since authorities shut down the original dark web drugs bazaar, Silk Road? Who are the kingpins willing to sell poisons and weapons, identities and bank accounts, malware and life-ruining services online to anyone with a wallet full of Bitcoin?

Darker…

A death in Minnesota leads detectives into the world of dark web murder-for-hire where hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin is paid to arrange killings, beatings and rapes. Meanwhile, the owner of the most successful hitman website in history is threatening the journalists who investigate his business with a visit from his operatives – and the author is at the top of his list.

Darkest…

People with the most depraved perversions gather to share their obscene materials in an almost inaccessible corner of the dark web. A video circulates and the pursuit of the monsters responsible for ‘Daisy’s Destruction’ lead detectives into the unimaginable horror of the world of hurtcore.

There’s the world wide web – the internet we all know that connects us via news, email, forums, shopping and social media. Then there’s the dark web – the parallel internet accessed by only a select few. Usually, those it connects wish to remain anonymous and for good reason.

Eileen Ormsby has spent the past five years exploring every corner of the Dark Web. She has shopped on darknet markets, contributed to forums, waited in red rooms and been threatened by hitmen on murder-for-hire sites. On occasions, her dark web activities have poured out into the real world and she has attended trials, met with criminals and the law enforcement who tracked them down, interviewed dark web identities and visited them in prison.

This book will take you into the murkiest depths of the web’s dark underbelly: a place of hitmen for hire, red rooms, hurtcore sites and markets that will sell anything a person is willing to pay for – including another person. The Darkest Web.

Dead Man Running

‘We are the people our parents warned us about’ is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world’s most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs. For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. He arranged the security of their clubhouses and electronic surveillance and counter surveillance. He ‘cooked’ ecstasy and meth for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling was planned. He saw stolen military weapons, including deadly rocket launchers, being sold. He witnessed vicious beatings, helped dump corpses. He saw men executed in front of him.

It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the Federal Police and told them all he knew about the Bandidos. He had intimate knowledge of every facet of the Bandidos’ business in Australia and many aspects of their activities in North America. He literally knew where the bodies were buried.

This shocking, unflinching, tragic story is Steve Utah’s confession. He knows he is a dead man running – that inevitably the Bandido code will be honoured and he will be silenced. But not before Utah gets his chance to wake readers to the looming threat in their midst – the relentless rise of sophisticated organised crime networks inside outlaw motorcycle gangs and the apparent inability of the police and legal system to deal with it.

Shark Arm

It all started with a ruthless murder. An ex-boxer and petty police informer was efficiently disposed of, sending a ghastly warning to others. That would have been the end of it, had not a shark, in a million-to-one chance, vomited up the victim’s arm in an aquarium and shone an unwelcome light into some very dark places.

With so much at stake, the guilty closed ranks and gradually, with intimidation, money, and the murder of a mate who they feared would betray them, they re-imposed their control and the light was turned off again. The memory of those events, and the terrible fear they inspired, kept those who knew the truth silent unto the grave.

Others have written about the Shark Arm murder but Phillip Roope and Kevin Meagher, having digested the entire cold-case police file, reveal a very different story: an extraordinary tale of high-class smuggling, a frantic cover-up and the truth behind one of the most infamous cases in Australia. Except there were actually two gruesome murders . . .

Dancing With a Cocaine Cowboy

This is the extraordinary story of a free-spirited girl from Sydney’s northern beaches who was catapulted into the middle of a European cocaine ring on her first day in Paris. A dancer with the Moulin Rouge, her life changed irrevocably the moment she met Daniel, a handsome and charismatic Colombian. Drawn together by an irresistible chemistry, a trusting and naive Robyn takes Daniel at his word.

But he is not, as first thought, a photographer for the Nikon Gallery. While living an exotic and exciting life in Paris, partying with the beau monde, Robyn is unwittingly drawn in to the cut-throat dealings of Daniel’s Colombian drug syndicate. Her innocence is shattered and out of the uncertainty, violence and drama of this world, she finds strength to reclaim her own life and that of the son she had with Daniel.

Griffith Wars

‘Donald Mackay was not just an innocent victim tragically struck down by a criminal act. He was a casualty of the actual fight against organised crime … killed on active service, as it were … His name should never be forgotten, his passing must not be allowed to be in vain.’

The assassination of Donald Mackay was meant to solve a problem for the mafia. Instead it roused the law-abiding citizens of Griffith to fight against the powerful criminal elements who had made their town synonymous with drugs and murder.

Drawing on the personal diaries and memories of Terry Jones – who, as the editor of the local newspaper, knew everyone and heard everything – The Griffith Wars reveals startling new evidence about one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved murders. It also powerfully recounts the struggle for the soul of a country town still battling to shake off its criminal past.

Finders Keepers

‘This is the true story of disorganised crime at its most comic – and tragic’ Independent on Sunday

Times were hard for Joey Coyle. A dockworker from a struggling neighbourhood of south Philadelphia, Joey had a drug habit he could barely support. One February afternoon in 1981, he was on his way to score when he found two curious yellow containers lying in the street. They had just fallen off the back of an armoured van and contained $1.2 million, in cash, in unmarked notes from a casino.

Bursting with suspense, Finders Keepers tellsthe remarkable story of how Coyle secretly shared the money, living for seven days against the background of growing media interest, terrified he was going to be captured and killed.

‘Compelling’ Maxim
‘Bowden is a clean, crisp writer who knows how to paint a strong picture and tell a good tale’ Daily Mirror
‘The jaw-dropping true story of what happened to New Jersey boy Joey Coyle is told with pace and tenderness’ Jack‘A wonderfully written and riveting tale from the author of Black Hawk Down and Killing PabloWhat’s on in London

Above the Law

One of the astonishing revelations in Dead Man Running was the difficulty faced by the Australian police in tackling the burgeoning crime empire that outlaw motorcycle gangs were developing. The news just gets worse – in Australia and wherever else these biker gangs flourish.

Above The Law takes a hard and chilling look at the global future of organised crime, and reveals that the world’s most successful criminal empire is now being operated on a massive scale by outlaw motorcycle gangs – an empire that is growing in power, reach and ruthlessness by the day.

Far surpassing the threats posed by the Mafia, Russian syndicates, Chinese Triads and Japanese Yakuza, outlaw motorcycle gangs are now being acknowledged as the greatest current organised crime threat. Their international empire is sophisticated and bloody and brutal. It is also both strategic and opportunistic – where they cannot dominate, they broker alliances.

Above the Law investigates how it all started: the turf wars that were fought, the deals that were done, and how the sea of cash that was earned is now being legitimised. It also reveals how law enforcement at an international level is losing the battle against the gangs. Using exclusive insider sources on four continents, this is the first contemporary account of one of the biggest criminal stories of our time. Read it and be afraid.

Every Parent's Nightmare

Jock Palfreeman is a young Australian in jail in Sofia, Bulgaria, found guilty of the murder of Andrei Monov, the only son of two people well connected in Sofia’s legal fraternity.

Jock claims he went to the defence of gypsies being attacked by Monov and a bunch of soccer hooligans. The Bulgarians claim it was an act of cold-blooded murder. In a case of many twists and turns, CCTV footage that was useful to the defence and blood readings that would have revealed how drunk Monov was were kept out of the court and a crucial witness never made it to the stand.

The story focuses on the attempts by Dr Simon Palfreeman, Jock’s father and a well-respected pathologist, to obtain justice for his son and the terrifying cost (to both his health and his pocket) involved. It is also a reminder to parents of the dangers confronting their children when they travel to worlds very different to their own.