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Underbelly - Razor : Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh and the Razor Gangs

Pan Macmillan Australia

Underbelly - Razor : Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh and the Razor Gangs


This edition of Razor is the acclaimed, award-winning history of the Razor gangs and is the basis for Channel 9's 13-part blockbuster Underbelly Razor.

In the 1920s and '30s in inner Sydney, some of the most terrifying criminals in Australia's history waged war with razor and gun. As gang fought gang, the streets echoed with the sound of violence and ran with blood.

Razor chronicles in compelling detail the nether word ruled by fabled vice queens Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh, and financed by the spoils of illegal drugs and alcohol, prostitution, gambling and extortion. Gangsters such as Guido Calletti, Big Jim Devine and Frank 'the Little Gunman' Green killed, robbed and slashed with impunity. Facing them were the police – some corrupt, some honest, and a few as tough and feared as the razor gangs they fought.

Razor is the fascinating true story of the people who lived and died in this world of violence and vice. Razor brings a city's dark past back to life, and ensures that you will never look at inner Sydney in quite the same way again.

About the Author

Larry Writer is an award-winning author and freelance magazine feature writer. He is the co-author of Newk, John Newcombe's bestselling autobiography, as well as Chrissy Amphlett's memoir, Pleasure and Pain. Writer was previously a senior journalist and editor at Time Inc. Australia, working out of the London Bureau for two years before assuming the role of executive editor. Writer was also an editor, writer and London bureau chief for Australian Consolidated Press, and a co-founder of Ironbark Press.

Larry Writer
Published July 2011 
456 pages
201mm x 135mm
ISBN 9781742610702

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