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Last King of the Cross

Narrated by: Alan King
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Danger Prize 2018

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
  • 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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Lifestyle and Life Seemingly Explained

A really good insight into a culture and the guy within the culture over 4 decades. The changes, trial and tribulations well written and documented. I'm not sure how much is a true recollection however the book was entertaining and well worth the listen.

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Extremely self centred

This guy cannot see the hurt that he has caused to so many people. Keep pretending you are a great member of society.

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Brilliant book!

the narrator was perfect, loved his life and his attitude.
Highly recommend to everyone

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A fantastic book! Good on you John

This is amazing, honest and funny. After many years of listening to the hyberbole and rhetoric of the true crime and corrupt cops in Australia, this is truly refreshing. Thank you “Teflon John” for sharing

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great read

Well written thanks John couldn't put it down. Amazing story about Sydney X great to get some insight into real story

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crazy journey to the top! hope Sam is all good he needs to do a book as well ! the first lebo bikie 😎 so many great stories in this book I smashed it on the train every day for a week 👊👊👊

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Interesting and well worth a listen!

This podcast/book was very well written and narrated perfectly by Alan King.
Interesting to hear the other side of the story, John Ibrahims life and the history of Kings Cross Night Clubs for that era.
Recommend listening to this podcast - you will not be disappointed.

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A very interesting, funny and educational read!

This is a great read and I highly recommend it. I'm sure a few cages were rattled by writing this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a great window into how things were during those years in the cross. Huge respect to JI for being so passionate about his patrons all those years. Also the reader is perfect. RIP The X and all the best to JI.

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Great read! disappointed it finished

Always intrigued by this man, got a better insight from his book. I enjoyed it thoroughly! sad when it finished.

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  • Tom
  • 07-05-2019

Great book! Definitely worth the monthly credit.

Thank you for taking the time to share your story. There's a lot of good messages in here that I wasn't expecting.

Keep safe John.

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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.

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  • ADRIAN LEE
  • 16-06-2019

The Real Underbelly........

A great book told well. Very funny at points and being a club manager myself I can appreciate a lot of John’s views and sentiments. For real crime and what really goes on in clubland spot on.