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Life & Crimes: True Stories from Australia’s Underbelly

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Life & Crimes: True Stories from Australia’s Underbelly


Journalist and podcaster Andrew Rule brings us eighteen Australian crime stories that have fuelled fears, fired outrage and broken hearts and dreams.

Among them are events so infamous that a word or phrase propels us back to a time and place. The disappearance of the Beaumont children from an Adelaide beach in the sixties lingers in the nation's collective memory. The Easey Street murders symbolise a chilling assault on the freedom of young women in the seventies. The execution-style shooting of Gary Abdallah by a detective in the eighties heightened suspicions about the twinned worlds of cops and criminals.

The author has covered crime for decades with a novelist's eye and forensic attention to truth, and lived to tell the tales. These are the best of them.

Author Information

Andrew Rule has been telling true stories for more than 45 years. He started as a reporter in a Victorian country newspaper in the 1970s and went on to work for some of Australia's biggest news publications: The Age, the Melbourne Herald, The Herald Sun and a national magazine. He is known for writing about crime and its detection but has also covered global events from the Olympics to the Christchurch earthquake, a Papua New Guinea military coup, the Bali nightclub bombing and Japan's catastrophic tsunami. He has written and co-written many books ranging across subjects from horseracing to serious biographies, but most often about crime. He is currently an associate editor with News Corp.

Andrew Rule
Published June 2024
304 pages 
233mm x 154mm
ISBN 9781761561733

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