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  • Published: 26 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143007753
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

Big Shots

Carl Williams and the Gangland Murders




It wasn't a relationship without risks. Crackling with tension, Big Shots documents Shand's plunge into the other side of Melbourne. He watches as notorious criminals are transformed into red-carpet celebrities and finds himself questioning his objectivity – and even whether he is being used to further murderous ends.

'People reckon my life has been glamorous. Well if this is glamour, then they're just off their heads.'

It was to be Carl Williams' last conversation behind bars with his unlikely confidante, reporter Adam Shand. Shortly afterwards, the drug boss and killer was front-page news again, this time being buried in a gold-plated coffin.

This bestselling behind-the-scenes story of Melbourne's disorganised crime scene starts in the late 1990s, when a feud raging between rival underworld families erupted in a spate of slayings on Melbourne's streets. The new generation was clashing with the criminal Establishment. Shand got closer than anyone to unravelling the personal stories behind the headlines, talking to the key figures, the suspects and victims, including Williams, his wife Roberta, Mick Gatto, and many others.

It wasn't a relationship without risks. Crackling with tension, Big Shots documents Shand's plunge into the other side of Melbourne. He watches as notorious criminals are transformed into red-carpet celebrities and finds himself questioning his objectivity – and even whether he is being used to further murderous ends.

'Possibly Australia's best true-crime book ever.' Illawarra Mercury

  • Pub date: 26 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143007753
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Adam Shand

Adam Shand is a writer with nearly thirty years' experience in television, print, radio and online media. As a freelance journalist, he covered the rise to power of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda and the corruption of Zimbabwe's democracy. He is the bestselling author of The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia's Toughest Cop; Big Shots: Carl Williams and the Gangland Murders; King of Thieves: The Adventures of Arthur Delaney and The Kangaroo Gang; Outlaws: The Truth about Australian Bikers; and Carl Williams: The Short Life and Violent Times of Melbourne's Gangland Drug Lord.

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