Bigwig. The Remarkable Rise and Fall of Tony Mokbel by Liam Houlihan

By Liam Houlihan

An epic story of relatives, crime and betrayal set opposed to the backdrop of Melbourne's bullet-riddled suburbs. The cradle-to-cage tale of ways milk-bar proprietor Tony Mokbel grew to become the Mr great of Melbourne's drug exchange with tentacles attaining round Australia and the globe.

Award-winning crime author Liam Houlihan records the intense upward thrust and fall of the guy they name 'Fat Tony', from his ascension during the drug exchange to the decade-long and only-now-complete fight to carry Mokbel to account for his crimes. Houlihan explores the legal intrigue and political embarrassment bobbing up from the bold and complicated get away through public enemy no 1 — out from lower than the noses of the gurus — in addition to the way in which prosperous criminals with entry to shrewdpermanent legal professionals may be able to make the most the procedure and hold up justice.

Featuring specific interviews with best police officers and Mokbel relations — and a forged of characters starting from Zarah Garde-Wilson to Carl and...

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They can reveal a person’s real character. They can hone one’s ability to detect coffeehousing in the real world. And they can diagnose human frailties. In poker a player is ‘on tilt’ if they let their emotions disrupt their play. Tilting is what you do when annoyance or disappointment pushes you to do what you would not normally do. The milk-bar experience put Tony on tilt. If he was ever in any doubt that virtue is not its own reward, the failed business made concrete his scepticism. He walked away from milk crates and chocolate bars resolved that the only way to insure against failure was to diversify into revenue streams with huge and guaranteed returns.

1 From Lebanon with love Throw a Lebanese to the sea and he will come out of it with a fish. – Lebanese adage Fawkner Cemetery in Melbourne’s north is so large a train runs through its grounds. The fields of dead are so vast that visitors tend to drive around their mini-roundabouts and signposted streets rather than walking. It is mostly row after row of low-to-the-ground headstones poking out of green lawns. When visitors reach the Roman Catholic vaults section the real estate becomes conspicuously high-rise.

A stream of notable trainers and jockeys passed through their doors as the brothers dreamed of etching the Mokbel family name in racing’s pantheon, alongside Cummings, Waterhouse, Freedman and Hayes. Or if that didn’t happen, at least they would fix enough races and clean enough cash to justify the adventure. Some passed through, sniffed the wind, smelled something fishy about their employers and moved on. More than half a dozen jockeys and trainers, including Damien Oliver, were warned off getting too close to Mokbel.

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