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Underbelly: Razor

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for True Crime

Larry Writer

Pan Macmillan

The book that inspired the major TV series Underbelly Razor.

In the 1920s and ’30s in inner Sydney, some of the most terrifying criminals in Australia’s history waged war with razor and gun over the spoils of illegal drugs and alcohol, prostitution and extortion.

Ruling this savage nether world of ramshackle terraces, alleys, crime dens and nightclubs were the legendary vice queens Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh, and gangsters Norman Bruhn, Frank Green, Squizzy Taylor, Guido Calletti, ‘Snowy’ Cutmore and Big Jim Devine. As gang fought gang, the streets ran with blood.

The award-winning Razor chronicles this dark past with vivid detail and a brilliantly compelling narrative.

Unquestionably the finest and most definitive account of the period to date.

Sun Herald