'Pi' Acquaro got his big Italian funeral, but the mobsters didn't get the memo. The church was packed but nearly every gangster he knew stayed away. The handsome mafia lawyer had bungled burning down his Brunswick bar for the insurance but he had burned his bridges beyond repair. A couple of hard men turned up. The sort that wear sunglasses in church. One was the departed's last client, a cool customer who'd been a regular at Acquaro's bar. And there was a bald heavyweight wearing so much chunky gold he'd hardly need concrete boots if he had to be sent to sleep with the fishes. The dead man's son read from the Book of Wisdom. The bit that says he who lives among sinners being carried off before treachery seduces the soul. Good advice but it came too late for the guy in the coffin...Just ather tale from Australia's underbelly. There are plenty more in Shot at Close Range, the latest from the writers that have charted the rise and rise of crime in this country for more than twenty years.
John Silvester and Andrew Rule have broken, covered or followed the biggest crime stories in Australia since the 1980s. They co-authored the Underbelly series of books that inspired the landmark television drama of the same name, as well as the Chopper series that led to the cult international feature film starring Eric Bana. Silvester is senior crime editor with Fairfax media. Rule is associate editor with the Melbourne Herald Sun. Silvester appears weekly on Victoria's top-rating 3AW breakfast show and Rule is a regular contributor to the MMM FM network in Melbourne and Adelaide and is host of a new crime podcast, Good Cop Bad Cop to be launched in June.