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Charlie Bezzina was one of Victoria’s top homicide detectives.In his 17 years in the Homicide Squad, he investigated more than 300 suspicious deaths, including 150 murders – among them the crimes of serial killer Paul Denyer, the killing of Melbourne gangland figure Alphonse Gangitano, the Silk/Miller police murders, the baffling disappearances of former gameshow model Jacquie Ramchen and Sarah McDiarmid, and the death of former Test cricketer David Hookes.
This is the never-before-told story of Bezzina’s rise from a sheltered childhood in a Maltese family in Melbourne’s western suburbs, to a widely respected senior detective who served Victoria Police with distinction and unquestioned integrity for 37 years, culminating in his acrimonious and highly controversial departure from the force.
The Job is an explosive and intriguing account of what it takes to be a criminal investigator at the highest level.
Charlie Bezzina was a top homicide detective for 17 of his 37 years in the Victoria Police, and one of its most respected and celebrated officers. Renowned for his honesty and integrity, he retired from the force in late 2009 under controversial circumstances. This is his first book.
Ben Collins is a full-time writer at The Slattery Media Group, and the author of several books. His career in journalism began in 1997 as a cadet with The Courier in Ballarat. He then worked with Fairfax Community Newspapers before becoming one of the original reporters with the Herald & Weekly Times’ free commuter publication, MX, in 2001. He was the co-author of Jason McCartney: After Bali – the highest-selling non-fiction book by an Australian author in 2003.