Book Review: Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney

Graham Archer’s Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney is crucial reading for anyone curious about the corruption and cronyism inherent in South Australia’s legal and political circles.

Few in Adelaide are unfamiliar with the names Anna-Jane Cheney and Henry Keogh; Unmaking a Murder capitalises on this familiarity to force deeper, systematic failings to the surface.

Cheney and Keogh become footnotes to the larger story. The greatest intrigue and outrage come from the evidence of corruption and cronyism in South Australia’s legal and political systems.

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Everyone understands Adelaide’s ‘two degrees of separation’. Archer explores the relationships between powerbrokers, and how, when abused, these connections have truly heinous consequences. The book chronicles decades of appalling miscarriages of justice – Keogh’s conviction is one among many, arguably more atrocious, cases – and the inexcusable protection of incompetent public figures.

Meticulously researched and documented, Unmaking a Murder is crucial reading about the influence and real cost of Adelaide’s ‘old boys’ club’.

Author: Graham Archer
Publisher: Penguin

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