A Necessary Evil
By (author) Bruce Venables
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Necessary Evil by Bruce Venables
Book DescriptionA family of cops, a code of honour, a world of corruption - an uncompromising thrilled from the acclaimed author of The Time of the Dragons. 'One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock...' The year was 1956 and the world was in the grip of rock 'n' roll. Sydney's youth flocked to the local dance halls and juvenile crime rocketed out of control. Teenage gangs like the Overlords ruled the streets, forcing the NSW Police Commissioner to form 33 Division, an elite group of tough plainclothes cops presided over by none other than George Arthur Everard, feared by the criminal world, and known to all as The Prince of Darlinghurst. Within a year the problem was solved and, as a reward, 33 Division was placed in charge of State Gaming and Vice. It was a licence to print money. Corrupted from within, the cops of the 'Dirty Tree', as the division became known, ruled the streets and the city and created the biggest crime syndicate Sydney had ever seen. A Necessary Evil traces the lives of three generations of policemen, from George the uncompromising grandfather; to Harold, the weak, psychotic father; to Shayne, the new breed of cop. Three men living in the shadows of
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781741660401
(182mm x 114mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Arrow (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: Australia
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"Two tigers cannot live on one mountain" is a Chinese proverb. There can only be one winner in a battle. A truce, the Chinese say, merely delays the inevitable. In Korea, two brothers fight on opposing sides in a war where black market profiteering is rife, and patriotism and honour have lost their meanings.
Time of the Dragons, Paperback (July 2005)
For the first time in 3,000 years no emperor sits on the Dragon Throne. China is a seething cauldron of vice and corruption. Soon the Japanese will invade, and China will bleed like never before. In the eye of the storm sits the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, jewel of the South China Sea.
Spirit of the Bush, Paperback (June 2003)» View all books by Bruce Venables
Bruce Venables has long been delighting crowds with performances of his poetry, written under the pen name of 'The Larrikin'. Patriotic, funny, sentimental and heartfelt, his verse pays tribute to the Australian spirit and sense of humour, celebrating such iconic subjects as The Bush, The City, War and rememberance and sport.
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Author Biography - Bruce Venables
Bruce Venables was born in Hobart and was a member of the Tasmanian Police Force. In 1976 he joined the Royal Hong Kong police as an Inspector. He served in the Hong Kong Marine Police as a launch commander and in the Tactical Unit as a platoon commander. In 1984 Bruce took up residence in Sydney and began his career as a writer of film and television scripts. He is also well known to Australian audiences as an actor. His first novel, A Necessary Evil, was published in 1995; his collection of poetry , The Spirit of the Bush, was published in 2003; and his saga of Hong Kong, The Time of the Dragons, was published in 2004. Bruce lives at Bondi Beach and the Central Coast, NSW, and is married to best- selling novelist and actress, Judy Nunn. They have two dogs, Lucy and Baxter.
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