Currently Reading - King of the Cross, Mark Dapin

The blurb gives you the general outline, this is flagged as an explosive, gritty, hilarious and truly original book.  It's definitely an unexpected styling.  Still making up my mind about the rest of the claims :)

From the Blurb:

King of the Cross is a dazzling novel that explores the criminal world of Jacob Mendoza: legendary Godfather of Kings Cross and for more than four decades Australia's most powerful and notorious crime figure.  Now in his eighties, Mendoza believes it's time to record his epic life story - although finding a competent writer is never easy.  As Mendoza unfolds his seductive story of thugs and drugs, murders and mysteries, bikers, bent cops and girls, girls, girls, it emerges that he's not the only one with a past.

Opening Lines:

[Seaview House, Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point.  03-12-01.  2.05pm]

Mr Mendoza, I'm Anthony Klein, from the Australian Jewish Times.

Nice to meet you, Anthony.  Would you like a coffee?  Lazarus here can bring us a coffee.

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