Legal proceedings against a former police officer have forced parts of this book to be redacted. Bent law officers exist in every era, sabotaging the work of their colleagues and putting the community at risk. James Morton and Susanna Lobez have illustrated, in several Gangland books, that Australia almost certainly has out-ganged other countries. Now their spotlight is turned on corruption within the police services and identifying which state wins the bent cop handicap. Morton and Lobez examine the problems that started with the First Fleet and spread through to the present day, looking at the trouble caused by greed, power, drink, sex, money and, most recently, drugs. They compare the experience in Australia with corruption in America, England and Hong Kong, concentrating in particular on organised corruption at the highest levels, including judges, lawyers and politicians, through to the petty criminals who work our streets. Which state has the shadiest cops? The answer will surprise you.
James Morton, a former defence lawyer, is one of Britain's leading experts on crime, and the author of more than twenty books including the bestselling Gangland series. Susanna Lobez is an actor-turned-barrister-turned-broadcaster. She has been an ABC specialist legal presenter on The Law Report (radio) and Law Matters (TV). She has written feature articles for The Age and columns for the Sunday Herald Sun. They are also the co-authors of the bestselling Dangerous to Know and Kings of Stings. James Morton is also the co-author of Shotgun and Standover, an account of the Painters and Dockers' union. They have written eight books together.