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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

The Fatalist

Campbell McConachie

2 Reviews

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True crime, Prose: non-fiction

AS SEEN ON AUSTRALIAN STORY. The largely untold story of Australian multiple murderer Lindsey Rose - by someone who had no idea his mate was a killer.


Shortlisted for The Ned Kelly Awards Best True Crime 2018
Shortlisted for The Danger Prize (writing about Sydney and crime) 2018

'I first met Lindsey Rose playing pool at The Burwood Hotel in 1988. I was two years out of high school. He'd already committed three murders. None of us knew.

'We knew he was a brothel owner, we knew not to get on his wrong side, but we knew nothing of his lives past: fitter and turner, ambulance officer, private investigator, car thief, hijacker, arsonist, mercenary, drug dealer. Murderer.

'I drank at The Burwood on and off for six years. The last time I saw Lindsey as a free man was in early 1994 when he came to a poker game at my home. By then he'd committed two more murders - on Valentine's Day 1994 - and that made five.'

What factors are at play in the creation of a cold-blooded killer? How can a relaxed, sociable, loving man with a strong work ethic keep the truth of his inner life, his dark side, hidden from friends, family and even the woman he marries?

Informed by the science of criminal psychology, court documents and transcripts, correspondence and many interviews with Rose in the notorious Goulburn Supermax prison, Campbell McConachie's account is a unique and fascinating journey into the life and mind of a multiple murderer.

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Praise for The Fatalist

  • Campbell McConachie's first book is an interesting blend of true-crime investigative reporting and biography of one of Australia's most infamous killers - Law Society Journal

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Reader reviews (1)

  • Truth is stranger than fiction and this book is a well told compelling story that you can't put down. And it's truth. Campbell does a great job of driving the story forward and simultaneously taking us with him on his journey of discovery, fear, intrigue, analysis and abiding affection.

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Campbell McConachie

Campbell McConachie grew up in Sydney, Bahrain and Papua New Guinea. He has worked in the finance industry for twenty years. He studied Post-Graduate English at the University of Sydney and completed a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) at Western Sydney University. He interviewed Lindsey Rose in prison more than twenty-five times for THE FATALIST, his first book.

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