'The legend of Kate Leigh, Sydney’s famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer, has loomed large in TV’s Underbelly and every other account of Sydney’s criminal history from the 1920s to the 1960s. But she has never had a biography of her own.'
'Despite having more than 100 criminal convictions to her name, Kate Leigh is also remembered as a local hero, giving money to needy families and supporting her local community through the hard times of Depression and war. Here, novelist and historian Leigh Straw teases out the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the gender stereotyping of the time to become a leading underworld figure.' (Source: Newsouth Books website)
'DS Claire Patterson is back. It's a year since the Limestone case and rival organised crime leaders seek to turn the city into a battleground for their ruthless ambitions. When a body washes up in the river and a man is found dead near the Round House, the Fremantle team know the underworld feud just got a whole lot deadlier. Claire's former partner, Michael Halliday, is refusing to come back to work. Facing retribution for the Limestone case, Halliday is keeping a low profile managing his pub. DS Luke Groves is brought in from the Organised Crime Squad in Perth to fill Halliday's position and he's looking to make his mark at Fremantle Station. As war looks set to boil over in Fremantle's underside, Patterson and Groves know they need to end the feud before it claims another victim. Next time it could be one of their own.' (Publication summary)