Mick Gatto. Gambler. Underworld veteran. Melbourne gangland survivor. Mick Gatto in his bestselling autobiography finally reveals the man behind the headlines. Gatto's unique positionandmdash;of knowing all the players in the Gangland Wars but not being involved in drug traffickingandmdash;gave him a remarkable perspective to watch the battles unfold. I, Mick Gatto is an extraordinary insight into a colourful and mysterious world that few even know exists.
In 2003, Adam Shand naively set out to unravel Melbourne's bloody gangland wars. A few months' research, a guaranteed cover story. But his foray into the underworld took him deeper than that. He became embroiled in a complex world where feuds raged between rival families, and where a new generation was clashing with the criminal Establishment. Before long, he found himself counted as a friend by those who sometimes ended friendships with a hail of bullets. In this fully updated edition, taking in the events of 2010, including the murder of Carl Williams, Big Shots takes the reader into the heart of the city's multibillion-dollar 'disorganised crime' scene, as Shand meets the key figures and suspects, including Carl and Roberta Williams, Mick Gatto and many others. He discovers the human drama behind the brutal slayings that were splashed across the front pages, and in the process comes to questions his objectivity.
A powerful Melbourne crime family. A teenage protected witness. The killing of two policemen. Terror. Violence. Loyalty. On a cool spring morning two policemen were lured into a leafy street in Melbourne, Australia and gunned down. Police investigators pulled out all stops to find the killers, for an astounding two and a half years. Then the men they found were acquitted. The police's case against the two brothers and two friends of their family had fallen apart. The accused were free to leave the court. In Walsh Street, Australia's most famous criminal family comes to life: Kath Pettingill, the fierce matriarch; her eldest son, Dennis, drug dealer and killer; her daughter, Vicki, a protected police witness; her youngest, Trevor, and her other son Victor Peirce, two of the four men charged with the murders; and her grandson Jason-harassed by Kath's dogs and the family's enemies alike. Includes a new foreword from the author with updates on all the major players.