Bigwig: The Remarkable Rise and Fall of Tony Mokbel

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HarperCollins Australia, Jul 20, 2012 - True Crime - 336 pages
Finally the Tony Mokbel story can be told. the inspiration for Channel Nine's FAt tONY & CO, the new crime series from the producers of UNDERBELLY.An epic tale of family, crime and betrayal set against the backdrop of Melbourne's bullet-riddled suburbs. the cradle-to-cage story of how milk-bar owner tony Mokbel became the Mr Big of Melbourne's drug trade with tentacles reaching around Australia and the globe.Award-winning crime writer Liam Houlihan documents the extraordinary rise and fall of the man they call 'Fat tony', from his ascension through the drug trade to the decade-long and only-now-complete struggle to hold Mokbel to account for his crimes. Houlihan explores the criminal intrigue and political embarrassment arising from the daring and complex escape by public enemy number one - out from under the noses of the authorities - as well as the way wealthy criminals with access to smart lawyers are able to exploit the system and delay justice. Featuring exclusive interviews with top cops and Mokbel family members - and a cast of characters ranging from Zarah Garde-Wilson to Carl and Roberta Williams, Mick Gatto to Chopper Reed and Judy Moran - it's a stranger-than-fiction story of sex, pills, perfidy and pizza.

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Liam Houlihan is currently the crime reporter with the Sunday Herald Sun. An award-winning journalist and qualified lawyer he has reported from New York for the New York Post, Washington DC as part of the press pool, Sri Lanka after the tsunami and around Australia. His crime stories are syndicated throughout News Limited’s national papers.

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