An investigation into Australia's biker clubs—bastions of organized crime, or useful pawns in the political law and order game? While the remaining bastions of brotherhood in Australian society are disintegrating—police are corrupt, armed forces are bastardized and demoralized—one group, the outlaw bikers, has bonded together and raised a greasy finger to the government and police. This is a book about how the same forces that have weakened social institutions are now at play inside these motorcycle clubs, as they are weakened and transformed, sometimes into vicious criminal enterprises, harboring some of the most dangerous criminals in Australia. Bikers say they are the last free men in society, an almost paramilitary force that operates on strong, inalienable codes of behavior and justice, but a struggle is underway inside the clubs between those who believe in the ideal of freedom and those who use the power of the club colors to their own criminal advantage. This is the story of how these clubs try to save their collective souls in the face of greed and self-interest.
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Adam Shand is the author of King of Thieves.
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