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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 Macmillan Australia Audio

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Okay for a token

The book started strong but failed to land punches towards the latter end of the book, dragged and repeated itself.

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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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Great Story !

I loved this story ... and the excellent narration! A very easy and interesting listen.

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Excellent book, well-written and highly engaging

A fantastic insight into Sydney's underbelly in the 1990s and early 2000s. Also a fascinating look at John's journey from an immigrant kid in Western Sydney to financial independence and mixing with Sydney's and international A-listers. Highly engaging A+.

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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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AN ENTERTAINING READ FOR ANY GANGSTER OR WANNA BE

A true inspiration, how even the tough guy can do the job well, talentedly charming with his aggressive approach to doing things the right way, at least with the way he portrays himself and his businesses, which John Ibrahim does superbly well, and by listening to Last King of the Cross, you get a real identity check to the business man and entrepreneur that John Ibrahim proficiently sketches with each sentence, and chapter to this entertaining book, which has a lot of gangster to it, in a positive way, not in a thuggish way, but in a hard persona that obviously is successful enough to of done it more than once, and at many times, all at the same times as running the complexity that Last King of the Cross portrays with each slice indulged, of the John Ibrahim delicacy served within this audio books pages, words, and paragraphs.

I really look forward to throwing this on when I can and it lasts 10 hours, so you get your moneys worth, and it is always a relaxing time to hear some smart talk, which makes proper and perfect business sense, and common sense. I find it real cool, how John Ibrahim keeps his 'hardened' personality alive, with his obviously charming ways he handles himself, his staff, his venues, and all things John Ibrahim.

Thanks for being so honest about your past troubles in running most of the cross, and hell, pretty much the entire night life in Sydney, and thanks for being a god that can talk the talk still as much as you have already walked the walked, but I am sure can do much more walking and talking as he becomes ever more successful with this release, and any other items relating to this purchase. Last King of the Cross shirts would be a treat :P LONG LIVE DCM's

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a must have on any list. easy to follow

great read. the whole story make really opens your ways to the possibility that anyone can make it of they work hard.

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A captivating and entertaining book!

Growing up in this era I could fully relate to the lifestyle, people, places and clubs John talks about in his book.
An eye opening account and was both captivated and entertained from go to whoa.
I admired John’s brutal honesty as he reflects back on his upbringing with decades of both hard work and hustle on the streets of Sydney.

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trip down memory lane

clubbed in the cross between 2000-2008 what a place so sad its gone. great story. Johns clubs were always fun and you did feel safe

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Brilliant

This is definitely the ultimate looking of Australian street smarts from an entrepreneur of the Sydney’s golden mile... what a fantastic in-depth view into an absolute legends life story. I’m left awe of how interesting this mans life was..

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  • David
  • 09-10-2020

Great story with awesome naration.

Being an expat and ex-Sydneyite who was an occasional visitor to the Cross back in the day, this book made me homesick at times and eventually sad for what the powers that be have done to this famous nightlife hub of Sydney.
Having been away from Sydney for most of the period the book covers I know from the news stories I have seen that John has been defined not by his character but by association to either places or people. He had a dream and went for it. More power to him and what he achieved.
I loved the book and finished it in record time. I had to check at one stage to see if he was narrating it himself. That's how good a job Alan King does narrating one of my new favorite audio books of all time.

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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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  • rikki
  • 17-08-2020

A real gem, Great story difficult to put down.

A really gem of a find, i just wanting to keep finishing the next chapter. Not like some of the usual stupid gangster books he came over as a genuinely smart business man, ok you don't want to upset him but it was a business it to him. there was the usual funny stuff of normal life and the tragic deaths as well. it exceeded my expectations.

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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.

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