The Sting

The disappearance of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe was one of the most heartbreaking and confounding child abduction and murder cases of the century, spanning almost a decade prior to the eventual arrest of known pedophile Brett Peter Cowan, one of the original persons of interest.

The story of the police sting that resulted in his confession reads like crime fiction, featuring an elaborately staged fake crime gang run by a ‘Mr Big’ that lured Cowan in with the promise of a hefty payout.

The Sting takes you on a journey behind Australia’s most sensational undercover bust, revealing extraordinary new details. It is a shocking insight into one of the country’s most evil killers, and the operation that brought him down.

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The Sting, by the Courier-Mail’s chief crime reporter, is a meticulous reconstruction of events, including all the false leads and dead-end suspects who were investigated by police following Daniel Morcombe’s disappearance in 2003. Police were eventually convinced that they had found the right man in Brett Cowan, but they needed to use an elaborate sting operation to secure his confession. This is a gripping read that sheds light on a notorious case.

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