True Crime

Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney

The story of perhaps the biggest miscarriage of justice in Australia

An investigation into an intriguing murder case and an unprecedented account of how the decisions made by organs of government can be defended and mistakes covered up. 

Anna-Jane Cheney worked at the epicentre of the conservative Adelaide legal community. She was vivacious, popular and talented, with an impeccable middle-class upbringing. The man she loved, Henry Vincent Keogh, was a divorced 39-year-old Irish migrant with three children. She died just six weeks before their wedding date.

Sydney Noir: The Golden Years

The first ever book devoted entirely to the golden years of the Sydney underworld.

In the late 1960s Sydney was one of the most prosperous places on earth and one of the most corrupt. A large proportion of the population was engaged in illegal gambling and other activities that made colourful characters such as Lennie McPherson, Abe Saffron and George Freeman wealthy and, to many, folk heroes. Thousands of American soldiers on their seven-day leave from Vietnam turned Kings Cross, with its strip shows and night clubs, into one big party.

Crime Scene Asia: When forensic evidence becomes the silent witness

The body of a woman is found in a Singapore nature park. Nobody has reported her missing and no one knows who she is. The only clue to her identity is a series of tiny numbers etched into her dental implants.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a married man is arrested for the murder of his mistress. The police are adamant that he is her killer. However, forensic evidence tells a different story altogether.

The Seventh Circle

In the tradition of Midnight Express, The Damage Done, Marching Powder and Hotel Kerobokan comes an extraordinary story of Australian resilience and survival in Afghanistan's notorious Pol-e-Charkhi prison, a place that's been described as 'the world's worst place to be a westerner'.

'I was arrested on Thursday 9th July 2009. On Wednesday I'd quit my job, killed a man and set his body on fire. I was sentenced to death. I'm not a good man, but I am an honest one. This is my story.'

The Dark Side

A fierce and compelling expose of organised crime and the role of a senior law enforcement officer in Australia's multi-billion dollar drug trade.

'Each year at least $10 billion is laundered in and through Australia. Much of this money is derived from illicit drugs.'

Sons of God

Siege? Bomb threat? Terrorist alert? Shooting spree? The Sons of God are who Australia turns to in times of extreme crisis. The SOG's top-secret methods, advanced training and incredible bravery have made them the ultimate urban warriors in the war against high-level crime and terrorism.

Last King of the Cross

Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia's most notorious underworld figure.

In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile.

The Contractor

'I fix things. I can build you a house or remodel your bathroom. I can also make bad situations - and bad people - disappear.'

Meet Mike. Runs a building site, drives a ute, likes a beer, loves his nail-gun.

But Mike is hiding in plain sight. When the Pentagon call him in as 'Big Unit', he's another kind of contractor - one as handy with a Colt M4 as he is with a Skilsaw, a man as accustomed to danger, death, and pain as he is to a hammer and nails.

False Flag Jack The Ripper

Did Jack The Ripper flee London for the colony of New South Wales at the height of the world's most notorious serial-murder rampage? Was the deadly attack on Alice McKenzie in 1889 his last bid in pursuit of what was, not just a brazen killing spree, but a macabre, politically motivated publicity stunt? Is it conceivable that a maniac took it upon himself to try and shut down the flow of Jewish refugees spilling into London's East End, just as the area was being thrust into the political spotlight?