The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia's Toughest Cop

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Black Incorporated, 2010 - Crime - 304 pages
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An irresistible true-crime story from the author of the bestselling Big Shots.

There has never been a more feared or respected policeman in Australia than Brian 'Skull' Murphy. His fearsome reputation and connections with organised crime have made him an infamous figure in Melbourne police history.

In The Skull, Adam Shand tells the story of the last of the super-cops. Through interviews and dramatic recreations, we follow Murphy into the grey areas of law enforcement and the criminal underworld of the '70s and '80s. We see Murphy's unique way of dealing with corrupt officials, petty thugs and such renowned villains as Christopher Dale Flannery, the Kane brothers and Ray Chuck. And we watch him use a combination of old-school persuasion and self-styled 'slychology' to recruit his network of informers and stay on top.

Fast-paced and gritty, The Skullis the life and times of a legendary crime-fighter.

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About the author (2010)

Adam Shand is a writer with nearly thirty years' experience in television, print, radio and online media. As a freelance journalist, he covered the rise to power of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda and the corruption of Zimbabwe's democracy. He is the bestselling author of The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia's Toughest Cop; Big Shots: Carl Williams and the Gangland Murders; King of Thieves: The Adventures of Arthur Delaney and The Kangaroo Gang; Outlaws: The Truth about Australian Bikers; andCarl Williams: The Short Life and Violent Times of Melbourne's Gangland Drug Lord.

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