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Dark Dames, Dastardly Deeds

Dark Dames, Dastardly Deeds


The Vanishing of Peter Falconio


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By Richard Shears
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 240
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 28 Feb 2022
Subject Classification True stories / True crime

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Full story of the Falconio murder inquiry.

On a cold July night in 2001 a panic-stricken woman dashed out of the desert scrub, bringing to a halt a huge outback roadtrain. The story that Joanne Lees told, of her abduction and boyfriend's apparent murder, has held the world's attention ever since. Award winning journalist, Richard Shears, covered the story from the first days right up until the verdict was handed down at the end of an eight week trial. After 40 years of covering wars, disasters and crimes for London's Daily Mail, Shears says the Falconio affair is one of the most curious he remembers.

Richard Shears

As a career journalist, Richard Shears has covered stories all over the world, from Yellowknife in Canada, to the African continent, the tiny island of Mog Mog in the Pacific and the Antarctic circle. There have been vast oceans and jungles in between. His assignments, one of which has resulted in being awarded a prestigious UK Press award for foreign reporting, have included wars all over the world, among them the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor. Photos he has taken have been used in magazines and exhibitions. The thirty or so books he has published encompass fiction, true crime and general nonfiction including Highway to Nowhere: The Chilling True Story of the Backpacker Murders (1996), Bloodstain: The Hunt for the Killer of Peter Falconio (2005), and Swamp: Who Murdered Margaret Clement? (2017) for New Holland Publishers.