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Description - Crooks Like Us by Peter Doyle

In the 1920s, Sydney police began quietly assembling a gallery of the city's most light-fingered, fleet-footed, silver-tongued rogues - con artists, magsmen, housebreakers, thugs, gunmen, shoplifters, drug dealers, pickpockets and hooligans. These extraordinary images resurfaced in the 1980s, long after the original paperwork had been lost and the crooks, the cops and all who remembered them had passed on. Based on years of research into police files, court records, newspapers and other sources, Crooks Like Us offers a glimpse into the difficult lives of these fugitive souls - what they did, who they hurt, who hurt them, where they came from and, sometimes, where they ended up. Illustrated with rich, emotionally charged police 'special photographs' from the Justice and Police Museum, Sydney, Crooks Like Us opens a secret door on to Sydney's hidden histories.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781876991340
ISBN-10: 1876991348
Format: Paperback / softback
(248mm x 191mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Publisher: Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle is the author of City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948 (with Caleb Williams) and the novel The Devil's Jump.

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