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Sydney novelist Wayne Grogan.

Author Wayne Grogan has penned a novel based on the Nugan Hand affair called Heavy Allies (It was launched on September 1 by former NSW Premier Bob Carr). 

“The whole subject of Nugan Hand represents both a colossal abuse of international power as well as the biggest criminal conspiracy in Australian history, at least since the Rum Corps,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. His goal was to “get in touch with the more overt criminal activity connected with the bank” and his research included reading royal commission transcripts and interviewing police officers he met through disgraced former cop Roger Rogerson. 

“I knew the Cross back then,” Rogerson told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I knew the key people in the Nugan Hand Bank. Wayne’s novel has definitely got the ring of authenticity.”

Considering Rogerson’s chequered past and fleeting associations with telling the truth, Grogan’s probably safer treating any of Rogerson’s tips as fiction rather than fact.


Written by nuganhand

September 3, 2008 at 4:42 am

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