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Note: Written by Domenico Cacciola with the assistance of Carmelo Cacciola and Ben Robertson.
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption
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'In the 1950s Mick's family migrated to Australia from war-torn Italy and, in the Sicilian tradition, as the eldest of four boys, he was considered 'il secondo padre', the second father. Growing up with racism and discrimination compelled him into a life fighting for justice and honour.

After joining the Queensland Police force in the 1960s, Mick became a 'sleeper', risking his life infiltrating illegal gambling dens. In the 1970s he saw the ugly face of entrenched corruption while working in the seedy Licensing Branch. In these turbulent days - before the corruption -busting Fitzgerald Inquiry - he waged a long and bitter battle with now disgraced police commissioner Terry Lewis and the infamous bagman Sergeant Jack Herbert. Later, as a Special Branch detective, he spied on suspected Communists and used his muscle to break up illegal street marches.

In The Second Father Domenico Cacciola breaks a 35-year silence to tell the truth behind Australia's most notorious era of crime and corruption.' (Publisher's Blurb)

Notes

  • Epigraph: 'I don't know of any illegal gambling. If there's any going on, well then of course, I don't know where it is.' Qld Police Minister Russ Hinze, October 1981
  • Includes Preface by Domenico Cacciola, Brisbane 2009.

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Works about this Work

Trauma and Grievance John Gatt-Rutter , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bilingual Cockatoo : Writing Italian Australian Lives 2014; (p. 68-101)
In Short : Nonfiction Bruce Elder , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 September 2009; (p. 31)

— Review of The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption Domenico Cacciola , Carmelo Cacciola , Ben Robertson , 2009 single work autobiography
Off the Shelf : Memoir Dianne Dempsey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 August 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption Domenico Cacciola , Carmelo Cacciola , Ben Robertson , 2009 single work autobiography
Non-Fiction Books Ian Barry , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 18 - 19 July 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption Domenico Cacciola , Carmelo Cacciola , Ben Robertson , 2009 single work autobiography
Insider Lifts the Lid, Partly Ross Fitzgerald , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 July 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption Domenico Cacciola , Carmelo Cacciola , Ben Robertson , 2009 single work autobiography
Insider Lifts the Lid, Partly Ross Fitzgerald , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 July 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption Domenico Cacciola , Carmelo Cacciola , Ben Robertson , 2009 single work autobiography
Non-Fiction Books Ian Barry , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 18 - 19 July 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption Domenico Cacciola , Carmelo Cacciola , Ben Robertson , 2009 single work autobiography
Off the Shelf : Memoir Dianne Dempsey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 August 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption Domenico Cacciola , Carmelo Cacciola , Ben Robertson , 2009 single work autobiography
In Short : Nonfiction Bruce Elder , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 September 2009; (p. 31)

— Review of The Second Father : An Insider's Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption Domenico Cacciola , Carmelo Cacciola , Ben Robertson , 2009 single work autobiography
Trauma and Grievance John Gatt-Rutter , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bilingual Cockatoo : Writing Italian Australian Lives 2014; (p. 68-101)
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