Sunday, 11 March 2018

Dirty Girl (Australian True Crime) by Juliet Wills

Paperback:  In June 1975, dressed to impress in her finest ball gown, dripping with expensive jewelry and driving a limited edition luxury car, socialite and brothel madam Shirley Finn was invited to the grounds of the Royal Perth Golf Club for a special occasion - her own modern day public execution.

The killers knew they would not be caught.  Their power reigned supreme in one of the most remote and prosperous cities on earth, during an era of police protection and 'containment' of organised crime.

Rising out of an abusive welfare system to become a police-protected madam, Shirley's fate took an astonishing turn towards the top end of town.

As one of Perth's best-known socialites, she hosted fabulous parties.  But her downfall was fast and furious, following fears she might expose money laundering and high-level corruption in 'The Wild West' of the seventies.

Dirty Girl (2017) is an important historical document that reveals the secrets and lies of powerful interests, criminal and political in Australia.

Dirty Girl (2017) is a shocking book.  As the cover proclaims, it is all about what is alleged to be a "state sanctioned murder".  Perhaps we might expect such allegations to involve tales of intrigue or dirty dealings in some obscure part of a foreign country many years ago.  Instead, it involves the relatively recent activities of the police and associated agencies in Perth, Western Australia in the 1970s.  Juliet Wills has provided a valuable service to all of us who live in Australia by having held as it were a mirror up to nature, and allowed us to see an important aspect of our society for what it is.  It is a great achievement on her part - and a terrible disgrace on the part of others. - Dr Robert Moles LLB (Honours), author and retired associated Professor of Law at Adelaide University

About the author:  Juliet Wills has choppered into crocodile breeding grounds, been chased by rioting armed gangs, and jumped from a civilian plane with the 13th load at 13 000 feet on Friday the 13th.  She has also pursued the story of brothel madam Shirley Finn's murder with fearless obstinacy.  Born in Sydney, Juliet has lived and worked throughout Australia.  She has been awarded for her Excellence in Television Journalism, written for major newspapers, and lectured in broadcast journalism at two universities.

The mother of three lives in Perth and now works in real estate.  Her first book, The Diamond Dakota, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2006.

You can find out more about Juliet Wills' quest for justice for the Finn family at

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