2011. First edition. A trade paperback copy in near fine condition.
In their highly entertaining and often shocking new book James Morton and Susanna Lobez follow up their bestselling Gangland Australia by delving into the world of Australian con artists such as Mario Condello, Helen Demidenko, Christopher Skase, Brenton Jarrett, Peter Foster, Lola Montez and Fairlie Arrow. Here are highly talented men and women and their tricks: changing paper into banknotes, selling other people's property, faking deaths, and forging paintings; promising miracle cures and impersonating aristocracy, preachers, military gents, lawyers and doctors. In fact, whatever it takes to separate the unwary from their money. Read about the scams and think twice about that offer that seems almost too good to be true.
James Morton, a former defence lawyer in England, is one of Britain's leading experts on crime, and the author of more than twenty books including his bestselling Gangland series. James Morton is also the co-author of Shotgun and Standover, an account of the Painters and Dockers' Union. Susanna Lobez is an actor-turned-barrister-turned-broadcaster. She has been an ABC specialist legal broadcaster on The Law Report (radio) and Law Matters (TV), and has written feature articles for The Age and columns for the Sunday Herald Sun. They are the co-authors of the bestselling Gangland Australia as well as Dangerous to Know, an encyclopedia of Australasian crime.