Swashbuckler, daredevil racing-car champion, gambler, smuggler, scoundrel, stud and suspected Nazi agent who died a mysterious death - this is the fascinating story of the scandalous Freddie McEvoy.
He was Australia's international man of mystery . . . but who was the real Freddie McEvoy? Born in Melbourne in 1907, Freddie's life took him from socialising with a young Errol Flynn in Sydney, wild parties among England's wealthy social set, and onto the French Riviera in the heady years leading up to World War II. A daredevil sportsman, skilled in shooting, deep-sea diving, boxing, racing cars, skiing, and bobsledding, he earned the nickname 'Suicide Freddie' for his madcap downhill runs and speed-fuelled car racing.
With his dashing good looks and charm, Freddie lived a swashbuckling life, quickly figuring out his path to easy fortune was through lonely rich women. World War II didn't stop Freddie's hedonistic pursuits - he skipped enlistment for Australia and Britain to party on in Hollywood, where he renewed his friendship with the now infamous Errol Flynn. Always short of cash, Freddie smuggled guns and diamonds on his yacht between California and Mexico and was rumoured to have worked as a Nazi agent.
It was a life lived large and Freddie's death in 1951 was under the most mysterious circumstances off the coast of Morocco: his body was found naked and scalped . . .
Frank Walker, bestselling author of THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM and MARALINGA, has for the first time uncovered the complete, outrageous and incredible true story of Freddie McEvoy, Australia's daredevil lothario.
'Freddie was one of the great livers of life. He lived it the way he saw it - he didn't give a hoot.' Errol Flynn
'Pleasure is my business.' Freddie McEvoy
'an extraordinary yarn . . . finely researched' SUN-HERALD on Frank Walker's GHOST PLATOON
Freddie was one of the great livers of life. He lived it the way he saw it - he didn't give a hoot. - Errol Flynn
Pleasure is my business. - Freddie McEvoy
an extraordinary yarn . . . finely researched - SUN-HERALD on Frank Walker s GHOST PLATOON
thoroughly researched and compelling . . . a chilling account - SUN-HERALD on Frank Walker s GHOST PLATOON
one of those great untold stories . . . Walker tells it with verve and excitement and with meticulous attention to detail - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on Frank Walker s THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM
Walker, and others like him, are doing their country a great service by bringing both the bad and good deeds of Aussie diggers out of the shadows and into the light. - SUNDAY AGE on Frank Walker s GHOST PLATOON
'An original and compelling account that succeeds in exposing the subterfuge and myopia of both British and Australian governments - SATURDAY PAPER on Frank Walker s MARALINGA
'Demonstrates powerfully why, regardless of the context in which the testing took place, the emotional legacy of Maralinga will linger in the Australian psyche - WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN on Frank Walker s MARALINGA
Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for the SUN-HERALD covering defence, veterans' affairs, national security and terrorism. He's also worked on the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, the NATIONAL TIMES, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany. In 2009, Hachette published his first book, THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM - the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was a bestseller. Frank followed this with his bestselling GHOST PLATOON in 2012, MARALINGA in 2014, COMMANDOS in 2015 and TRAITORS in 2017. He lives in Sydney with his family. For more information visit www.frankwalker.com.au