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26 August 2019

Talks@Willoughby presents Kate McClymont speaking about Dead Man Walking

Kate McClymont  Copyright Fairfax 2

Wednesday 18 September 2019, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
FREE event

Award-winning investigative journalist, Kate McClymon will talk about the lives and shoddy business deals of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich at Chatswood Library next month.

Rumour is that Sydney is full of corruption and crime, but none of us expected to read about a Sydney businessman being shot in the back of his head, in his driveway, in front of his nine-year-old son, in Cremorne. Nor that the order would come from a Point Piper millionaire. 

Just prior to his murder, McGurk – who had a history of violence, threats, arson charges, intimidation and failed businesses – had informed McClymont that he believed there was a hit out on him. They agreed they would meet, and then he was shot.

The strands of this story traverse Moscow, Brunei, Indonesia and Hawaii and involve property deals, fraud, conspiracy, false identities and kidnapping. There are bumbling criminals, turncoats, snitches, wealthy people brought down, and devastated families. It is an extraordinary story of ten years of events that you simply could not make up.

Kate McClymont is Australia’s most-awarded journalist. As a crime reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, Kate spends her time mixing with and writing about some of the shadiest characters in the story of Sydney.

Once derided by Paul Keating for spending her time “chasing subterranean odours”, Kate’s sense of smell has led her to unearth some of the underworld’s most fascinating tales of betrayal, corruption and crime.

Constant Reader Bookshop will provide copies of the author’s book for sale on the day.

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