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Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime

Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime


"Don't worry, honey," he said. "I'll fix him if he comes snooping round here..."

From the notorious Louisa Collins in 1880s NSW, who murdered two husbands with rat poison, to a blazing shoot-out featuring prominent underworld figure Antonio Martini at Taronga Zoo in the 1940s, this book features stories of true crimes that shocked and thrilled the Australian public.

Originally published as a pocket-sized pulp fiction magazine from 1946 to 1954, and luridly illustrated, the Famous Detective Stories magazine catalogued murders, love triangles, great escapes, slave trading and robberies. This book compiles all of the original pulp magazine Famous Detective Stories, and each story is followed by the often sensationalist newspaper cuttings of the time, reporting every gruesome detail with relish.

National Library of Australia
Published 2016 
177 pages 
172mm x 234mm 
ISBN 9780642278906

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