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Close to the Edge. Gripping True Life Stories by Australian private investigator
Nelson, Allan
ISBN: 0646116487
AALL Graphics Toowong (Brisbane) 1992 First Edition
 Soft Cover 210pp. A novelised version by a real P.I.  Near Fine
Price: 10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 29402  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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Taken in Contempt When Parents Abduct Their Own Children
Bowles, Robin
ISBN: 073291101X
Macmillan Sydney 2001 First Edition
 Large trade Paperback x,358pp. Some heart-breaking stories.  Fine
Price: 12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 30525  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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The Valachi Papers
Maas, Peter
ISBN: 0586033645
Panther  1975 Reprint
 Mass Market Paperback 269pp, index. Story of the Mafia  Good
Price: 4.50 (AUD)
Book Number: 23525  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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Shadow of Shame How the Mafia Got Away with the Murder of Donald Mackay
Bottom, Bob
Macmillan Melbourne 1988 Reprint
 Paperback Black and White Plates and Index. The shocking story of how the Mafia planned and executed the Murder of Donald Bruce Mackay, police informer, Griffith.  Fine
Price: 10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 31036  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj
Neville, Richard; Clarke, Julie
ISBN: 033027001X
Pan Books London 1980 First Thus
 Mass Market Paperback xvi,352pp, b&w plates.Horrendous murderer who preyed on tourists in Asia.  Good
Price: 14.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 31041  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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Connections II: Crime Rackets and Networks of Influence in Australia
Bottom, Bob
Sun Books South Melbourne 1987 1st Edition
 Soft Cover vi+122pp. Card covers. Excellent unmarked condition. 16 b&w plates. ISBN 0725105348.  Fine
Price: 15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 009533  Bookseller: EldoradoBooks
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Underbelly. The Gangland War
Silvester, John; Rule, Andrew
ISBN: 0977544060
Floradale and Sly Ink Sydney 2008 Reprint
 Paperback 424pp.   Fine
Price: 12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 317998  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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Gentle Satan. My father Abe Saffron
Saffron, Alan
ISBN: 9780718104962
Michael Joseph Melbourne 2008 First Edition
 Large trade paperback 312pp, photos. The inside story of Mr Sin and his families.  Very Good
Price: 15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 100497  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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The Sunday Smuggler. The shocking true story of an innocent man jailed for over 11 years in Indonesia’s most notorious prisons.
Parnell, Christopher V. V.
ISBN: 0732271762
HarperCollins Sydney 2002 Reprint
 Trade Paperback 280pp not for the faint hearted  Near Fine
Price: 13.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 100713  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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CATCHING KILLERS
Edwards, Martin
ISBN: 1904034926
John Blake Publishing London 2003 1st Impression
 Hardcover and Dustjacket 192pp., intext, full-colour, duo-tone and b/white illustrations throughout, some of a quite graphic nature. Book clean, square and tight. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. "A fascinating and comprehensive guide to how professional investigators save murder cases..." With references to crimes that gained world-wide notoriety and others less well known, contents include: Intro., Murder basics, Means to murder, Motive, Solving murders, Murder inspired by fiction, Language of murder, more. Index. Book weight approx. 800g.   Fine
Price: 14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003528  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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JEREMY THORPE: A Secret Life
Chester, Lewis, Linklater, Magnus et al
ISBN: 023397184X
Andre Deutsch London 1979 First Edition
 Hardcover and Dustjacket 384pp., two, unpaginated, candidly-illustrated, b/white, 8-page halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Boards mildly bumped on foredge corners. Leaves clean. Pictorially-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn only. On 22 June, 1979 Jeremy Thorpe, enigmatic former leader of Britain's Liberal Party, was aquitted of charges of conspiracy and incitement to murder. This book, by three professional journalists, does not challenge these verdicts, nor seek to influence the reader. It aims to offer a full account of the extraordinary events and characters which lead to Thorpe's appearance in the dock at the Old Bailey, and to the destruction of his political career. Contents include: Preface, 22 chapters, Index, more. Book weight approx. 610g.   Very Good/Very Good
Price: 13.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 004082  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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MORE . . . COPS, CROOKS AND CATASTROPHES
Hardy-Rix, Shirley
ISBN: 1876462221
Hybrid Publishers Melbourne, Victoria 2001 First Edition
 Softcover viii, + 163pp., intext, b/white cartoon-style illustrations throughout by Vane Lindsay. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Art-illustrated [Vane Lindesay] card wrapper undamaged. A collection of more than sixty humorous anecdotes involving both sides of Victorian law enforcement. Read about the speedster who had to lend a policemen his pen so a ticket could be written, the policeman who locked himself out of his own station, the heroic policemen attempting to rescue a 'wailing' woman, only to discover she was in the throes of passion-not peril . . . lots more. Book weight approx. 300g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.   Near Fine
Price: 11.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 004324  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS : Evil Geniuses of the Underworld
Greig, Charlotte
ISBN: 9781841938660
Arcturus Publishing London 2007 First Thus
 Softcover 208pp., b/white, halftone illustrations throughout. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Montage-illustrated card wrapper mildly edgeworn and indented, several soft creases. " . . . provides a fascinating insight into the careers and character flaws of the most audacious reprobates that have come to the attention of the world's lawmakers. It will entertain, astound, and sometimes shock . . . " Contents include: Intro., Ruthless Robbers, Devious Drug Barons, Ingenious Escape Artists, Unflappable Fraudsters, Cold-Blooded Killers, Maverick Mobsters, Audacious Outlaws, Covert Spies, Terrorist Masterminds, Index, Biblio. Book weight approx. 400g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.  Very Good
Price: 16.50 (AUD)
Book Number: 007067  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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THE FRUIT PALACE
Nicholl, Charles
ISBN: 0312309260
St Martins Press New York 1985 First U.S. Edition, 1st Impres
 Hardcover and Dustjacket viii, + 307pp., b/white map. Book clean, square. Spine firm, red title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Foxing flecks to textblock edges, endpapers, and pastedowns, otherwise leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket foxed on reverse. " An odyssey through Columbia's cocaine underworld . . . a travel masterpiece to put with the most inspired writings of Paul Theroux and Hunter S. Thompson, a perilous, unpredictable journey to South America in search of 'The Great Cocaine Story' . . . " Contents include: Preface, 27 chapters, Author's Note. Book weight approx. 610g.   Very Good/Very Good
Price: 24.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 008285  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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THE WORLD IS BURNING
Shoumatoff, Alex
ISBN: 0316787396
Little Brown & Co Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 1990 First Edition (Stated), First
 Hardcover and Dustjacket xvi, + 377pp., plus 8 page, b/white, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Quarter-cloth spine firm, black title there-on. Shelf-wear to one foredge corner, otherwise plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edgeworn, with a very small area of surface abrasion to spine. "Murder in the Rainforest: The tragedy of Chico Mendes. When union leader Franscisco 'Chico' Mendes was gunned down in the remote Amazonian state of Acre late in 1988, it seemed like just another murder in the backlands of Brazil, a vast region dominated by the world's last great primeval wilderness. But Mendes' death provoked international outrage in a Western world barely beginning to come to terms with the effects of slash-and-burn policies in Amazonia . . . " Includes Index. Book weight approx. 720g.   Very Good +/Very Good +
Price: 22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 008315  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUSTRALIAN MURDERS : 200 Years of Murder
Main, Jim
ISBN: 1920910662
BAS Publishing Melbourne, VIC, Australia 2006 Reprint
 Softcover 524pp., plus 8 page, b/white, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm, reading-crease there-on. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper mildly edgeworn and indented. "This is a chronology of Australian murder, gruesome yet fascinating, featuring more than 200 cases, from axe killings to poison and even death by fire . . . murders from the colonial era, starting with the convict who turned cannibal, right up to the modern era, including the case of a Melbourne man who used a cross-bow to kill his wife and daughter . . . " Book weight approx. 565g.   Very Good +
Price: 26.40 (AUD)
Book Number: 008654  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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INFILTRATION : The True Story of the Man Who Cracked the Mafia
McLaren, Colin
ISBN: 9780522856798
Melbourne University Press Carlton, Victoria, Australia 2009 First Edition
 Softcover x, + 291pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper mildly indented. "For two years police detective Colin McLaren disappears off the face of the earth, surfacing in Griffith as a dodgy art dealer with a pretty girlfriend, and talks his way into the Mafia . . . This is the world of listening devices, wire taps and of trying to stay sane while doing deals to buy pure cocaine and tonnes of cannibis. In the meantime, the Mafiosi know they have a snitch and are leaving no stone unturned in their search for the traitor . . . " Contents include: Prologue, 20 chapters over 3 'parts', Epilogue. Book weight approx. 290g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.  Very Good +
Price: 22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 008671  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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THE CHURCH AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE : Towards a Pastoral Response
Eamonn Conway, Eugene Duffy and Attracta Shields (Edited by)
ISBN: 1856072797
The Columba Press Dublin, Ireland 1999 First Edition
 Softcover 93pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean, with just a hint of tanning. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly scuffed only. "An initiative of the Western Theological Institute, 'The Church and Child Sexual Abuse' brings together the insights of a psychologist/psychotherapist, a victim of Child Sexual Abuse, a professional care worker, a bishop, a priest in parish ministry, and two professional theologians." Book weight approx. 130g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.  Very Good +
Price: 16.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 008758  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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MURDER BY FAMILY : The Incredible True Story of a Son’s Treachery and a Father’s Forgiveness
Whitaker, Kent
ISBN: 9781921470110
Howard Books New York 2008 Second Impression
 Softcover xii, + 211pp., plus 8 page, b/white, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper has soft reading crease to front panel. In 2003, an intruder waited inside the home of Kent and Tricia Whitaker, and their two sons, Bart and Kevin . . . Four shots rang out; the first two killed Tricia and Kevin, and the next two wounded Kent and Bart . . . Fifteen months later Bart was arrested and charged with masterminding the shootings. Kent Whitaker tells a remarkable first person account of love and unimaginable family betrayal that puts his faith to the ultimate test. His gut-wrenching moral dilemma will have you asking, 'What would I do?' Book weight approx. 322g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.  Very Good +
Price: 20.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 008775  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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CRIME INVESTIGATION AUSTRALIA Book I : The Series That Shocked the Nation
Parry-Okeden, Ian
ISBN: 9781742484112
The Five Mile Press Scoresby, VIC, Australia 2010 First Edition
 Softcover vi, + 312pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper has soft corner crease to front and rear panel. Written and edited by Ian Parry-Okeden. Foreword by Paul B. Kidd. "Hosted by Steve Liebmann, 'Crime Investigation Australia' changed the landscape of Australian TV . . . In this, the first print volume, these chilling stories are retold in detail . . . You'll read the actual recollections of the leading detectives, important witnesses and skilled forensic experts, plus the heart-wrenching testimonies of victims' friends and families." Book weight approx. 475g.   Very Good +
Price: 20.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 009400  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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BENT COPS
Kerr, John
ISBN: 9781921667183
Wilkinson Publishing Melbourne, VIC, Australia 2009 First Edition
 Softcover 96pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly edgeworn only. "Some law enforcers have bent, broken, and abused the law since the First Fleet sailed, and some will continue to do so . . . " Book weight approx. 125g. Postage charge will be reduced as this book will post under 500g. packed weight.   Very Good +
Price: 12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 009470  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (Fourth Edition)
Gilbert, James N.
ISBN: 0137160690
Prentice Hall New Jersey, U.S.A. 1998 Fourth Edition
 Hardcover xiii, + 593pp., b/white photographic illustrations. Book clean, square. Binding firm. Leaves clean and unmarked. Very mild bump to head of spine, and a degree of fading to spine and adjacent area of gloss illustrated boards, else undamaged. " . . . designed to develop an analytical understanding of the investigative process. In doing so, this edition focuses on merging theoretical and proven practical aspects of crime detection and solution. This text can be used by students with no prior investigative knowledge or as a thorough reference source by law enforcement practitioners." Contents include: Preface, 19 chapters, Notes, Glossary, Bibliography, Index. Book weight approx. 1.3 KG. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it weighs over 1KG. Please email for quote.   Very Good
Price: 18.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 009420  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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Yakuza Japan’s Criminal Underworld
Kaplan, David E.; Dubro, Alec
University of California Press Berkeley 2003 Expanded edition
 Large trade Paperback xxii,400pp, includes colophon, glossary.  Near Fine
Price: 14.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 320901  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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PRISON BREAK : Not All Escapees Are Desperados
Tog, Joe
ISBN: 9781921221583
Brolga Publishing Melbourne, VIC, Australia 2008 First Edition
 Softcover 183pp., b/white illustrations. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper has a small, soft corner crease to front panel. " . . . follows Tog's escape from two Australian prisons as well as his life and travels on the run. Interrogation, incarceration, violence and mateship are chronicled in depth to give you an insight into the criminal mind. A true story, with some fiction to protect the guilty; it is sad, funny, but all in all a lesson in life." Book weight approx. 230g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.   Very Good +
Price: 12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 010328  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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HOMICIDES IN AUSTRALIA 1989-90
Strang, Heather
ISBN: 0642166072
Australian Institute of Criminology Canberra, ACT, Australia 1991 First Edition
 Softcover-Staplebound Booklet ix, + 39pp., intext tables, and a pie-chart. Booklet clean. Staples tight. Leaves clean. Printed limp wrapper nominally edgeworn and soiled. A stand-alone No. 4 in the Australian Institute of Criminology 'Monograph' series offers statistical data on homicide in Australia 1989-90, including Incident, Victim, Offender, Relationship, Shared characteristics, Patterns of homicide, Conclusion and Refs. Booklet weight approx. 100g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.   Very Good +
Price: 13.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 004417  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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CHEMICAL COWBOYS
Sweetingham, Lisa
ISBN: 9780732289386
HarperCollins Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 2009 First Australian Edition
 Softcover 442pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper has a soft corner crease to front and rear panels. " . . . a thrilling journey through the groundbreaking undercover investigations that led to the toppling of a billion-dollar Ecstasy trafficking network - starting in 1995 when New York DEA Agent Robert Gagne infiltrated club land to uncover a thriving drug scene supported by two cultures : pill-popping club kids and Israeli dealers. Gagne's obsessive mission to take down Ecstasy kingpin Oded Tuito's network met unexpected challenges and personal discoveries that almost crippled his own family . . . " Book weight approx. 470g.  Very Good +
Price: 12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 010378  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE
Preston, Douglas with Spezi, Mario
ISBN: 9780753517031
Virgin Books London 2008 Reprint
 Softcover 322pp., plus 1 x 8 page, b/white, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper softly corner creased. "Douglas Preston fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moved with his family to a villa in Florence. Upon meeting celebrated journalist Mario Spezi, Preston was stunned to learn that the olive grove next to his home had been the scene of a horrific double murder committed by one of the most infamous figures in Italian history. A serial killer who ritually murdered fourteen young lovers, he has never been caught. He is known as the Monster of Florence." Book weight approx. 470g.   Very Good +
Price: 14.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 010466  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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To the Ends of the Earth. The Hunt for the Jackal
Yallop, David
ISBN: 0224023683
Jonathan Cape London 1993 First Edition
 Hard Cover 580pp, endpaper maps, numerous b&w pls. The hunt for Carlos the Jackal. Near fine h/c in like dj.  Near Fine/Near Fine
Price: 5.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 20447  Bookseller: Global Village Books
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HOT TODDY : The True Story of Hollywood’s Most Sensational Murder
Edmonds, Andy
ISBN: 0688080618
William Morrow & Company New York 1989 First Edition (Stated)
 Hardcover and Dustjacket 304pp. Book clean, square. Quarter-cloth spine firm, silver title there-on. Plain boards bumped on upper foredge corners. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased at head. "When she was found battered and bloodied in her Lincoln Phaeton convertible, authorities declared it suicide. Others called it murder. Thelma Todd, one of America's most popular comediennes, was dead. And no one knew why . . . " Book weight approx. 635g.   Very Good/Very Good
Price: 12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 010684  Bookseller: Diversity Books
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THE MAN WITH THE BROWN PAPER FACE
Hamilton, Ian
Constable London 1967 1st
 Hardcover First UK edition, black boards with small gold lettering on spine. dj clipped, 224pp & 400g for post. Published when Hamilton was 32 & alternatively entitled "The Creeping Vicar," this work tells of another self-assignment of an Australian TV crime reporter, who turns night prowler in the lone hunt for a missing private eye.   Very Good/Very Good
Price: 28.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 011054  Bookseller: Little Lane Books
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