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Loose Units

Narrated by: Paul F. Verhoeven
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Part father-son story, part true crime, Loose Units is a race through the underbelly of policing as ex-cop John Verhoeven tells all to his son Paul about the crimes, the characters and the pitch-black humour.

Paul Verhoeven's father, John, is a cop. Well, an ex-cop. Long since retired, John spent years embroiled in some of the seediest, scariest intrigue and escapades imaginable. Paul, however, is something of an artsy, sensitive soul who can’t understand why he doesn’t have the same heroism and courage as his dad. One day, John offers Paul the chance of a lifetime: he'll spill his guts, on tape, for the first time ever, and try to get to the bottom of this difference between them.

What unfolds is a goldmine of true-crime stories, showing John’s dramatic (and sometimes dodgy) experience of policing in Sydney in the 1980s. The crims, the car chases, the frequent brushes with death and violence, and the grey zone between what’s ethical and what’s effective: finally Paul gets real insight into what’s formed his father’s character.

Thrilling, fascinating and often laugh-out-loud funny, Loose Units is a high-octane adventure in policing, integrity and learning what your father is really all about.

©2018 Paul F. Verhoeven (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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I love the Verhoevens

Love the podcast, love the book, keep the stories coming!!! I want to spend an evening listening to your Dad glass of wine in hand.

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Brilliant!

Absolutely worth the listening. Fast paced,funny and incredibly interesting. Paul’s impersonations of his dad are hilarious and I can not wait for more! Also listen to the podcast!

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Amazing story telling

I’m so glad John is reading this book, I don’t think anyone else could have read it the same way.

Excellent stories told with the right mix of humour and seriousness. I love the relationship John and Paul have. I’d actually love to hear Julian’s version of events too sometime.

If you haven’t listened to the podcast jump on it I think it gives even more insight into how the conversation would have gone whilst writing the book.

You don’t need to be into true crime to enjoy this book - just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Good fun

A real insight into the world of a cop. Graphic, intense, hilarious it’s a rollercoaster of demotion the entire way through but I want to hear more and more! Their podcast by the same name is also a weekly go to for me. Great job!

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Awesome

Loved the book listened to it in one sitting laughed a lot and cried a little.

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Pretty good book

I really enjoyed the book but did find I was easily zoning out.
It was well put together and very different to what I usually listen to.

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  • 25-09-2019

When’s the next book out!!

Please I’m addicted to the stories and the humour. Best true crime book I have listened to. Thank you and please release more.

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Awesome story telling in a new way

Would recommend to any adults and anyone considering being a police officer 😂😂😂 these guys are great

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One of the best!

This is one of the best Australia True Crime I have listen to and read. Each story that John talks about was so surreal, the way Paul narrates makes you feel you are there watching on.
Thankyou for sharing John and Paul thankyou for convincing "dad" to do it. Great team!!

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Loved the honesty!

Fantastic read or listening in this case didn't want to switch off! Loved the honesty of how things got dealt with back in the 80's

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  • bookworm1
  • 16-10-2019

Great book

I really enjoyed this and actually listened to the podcast before I bought the book. The author does a great job narrating and it’s so entertaining. I wouldn’t recommend if you’re squeamish though. There are some stories that are a bit graphic and gave me pause.

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  • Hope Garrison
  • 20-08-2019

Gripping

Loved it. Laughed, cried and shook my head through the entire thing. Wonderful storytelling of a beautifully written story. Can't wait for the next book. Can't wait for the next podcast episode!

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  • KylieAnn
  • 27-07-2019

Excellent, gritty account of 80's Policing in OZ

I came to this audiobook through the Loose Units Podcast, which in it's own right is a totally amusing off the cuff account of policing in the North Shore of Sydney Australia in the 80's. Having heard the natural, funny and engaging interchanges between father and son retelling these stories, the audiobook was definitely the only option to continue with the sometimes visceral experience of their tales. I can't recommend this audiobook enough and it is wonderful to hear Australian content told in such an Australian way. Congratulations Paul & John Verhoeven. You even had my teenage kids laughing in the car.

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  • Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC, KCB, KCIE
  • 10-08-2019

Unfunny

If you led a normal life and tried to make it sound intersting then you would have a book like this.

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  • Louise S.
  • 23-09-2019

really interesting

Don't miss this one. It tells a great story of John journey with elements that will have you gasping in hit for and laughing out loud in equal measure. Looking forward to more from this author about his father.