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Publisher's Summary

John Ibrahim's incredible life story told in his own words.

Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia's most notorious underworld figure.

In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile. 

Bullets fly, blades flash and bodies fall. In a city of shadows, John builds his army and empire - partying like a playboy prince of darkness while staying one step ahead of the cops, the outlaw gangs and hungry triggermen plotting to take him and his family down. 

Crazier than Goodfellas, more compelling than The Godfather, Last King of the Cross is a colourful crime saga like no other and powerful proof that truth is always stranger than fiction. 

©2017 John Ibrahim (P)2018 Pan Macmillan AU

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  • JBO
  • Sydney
  • 09-08-2018

Enjoyed it a lot.

I spent every Saturday night of my youth in the Cross frequenting joints like The Cauldron, Jet Black, Sugar Reef and Mansions. All the time aware of the underbelly but never really paying attention.
This book bought back incredible memories and it was great to experience it all again with a different lense.
I thought the narrator was excellent and the voice was well suited.
Well done.

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Good Read

This book was a good read, although I wouldn't rave about it. For most of the book he is just telling you what he wants you to know (obviously), it feels a little fabricated.

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well done john

excellent story and very well written. good to hear from the man himself rather than the media hype. certainly have a new found respect for you john.

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great read

great book worked there in his clubs and can remember some.e of the things he was talking about. good laughs and some effin hell moments

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awesome

amazing story, to think I was probably only 20 feet away from some of the stories he told as this was the era I grew up in

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John Ibrahim well what amazing life story

I bought this book for my holiday but couldn’t leave it alone every thing about it is brilliant
As for John Ibrahim’s Mother she is amazing
Congratulations and a true saying 2 sides to every story

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Easy listening into a not so easy life

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the carefully constructed "tell-what-I-can" story of John. The narrator was spot on in his tone, delivery and voice. An easy story to get lost in and enjoy picturing the rather...unfamiliar scenes of life John has lived compared to us mere mortals.

I recommend the book if you're into having a sticky beak into the life he has lived and you may be surprised by some of the perspectives he carries within him.

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Last King of the cross

Really enjoyed this book , was easy to listen to and the reader was easy , not boring
I would recommend this story

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To anyone who frequented The Cross READ THIS

to anyone born around 1972 he frequented the cross hung around the cross and loved the cross this is a must read must listen this story with his descriptions will remind you of smells and sights and just what we have lost in Sydney long live Kings Cross

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  • Pak Warrior
  • 15-09-2018

Best book ive listened to in a long time.

Candid, Sometimes to candid John Ibrahim like him or loathe him was the undisputed King of Sydneys night time industry. The book reveals the behind the scenes people,personalities and events that shaped that very industry and at the thick of it all was John Ibrahim if you want to know or gain a gliplise of those what was behind those neon lights and glitz and the glam this book is a must read. John Ibrahim Thank you for giving the public an insight into that world.