Chopper 2: How to Shoot Friends and Influence People
‘It was just after dawn on Thursday, November 14, 1991. The hatch on the cell door slid back. I could see the screw’s face through the slit. I’ve seen better heads on a pig dog, but this time I could have kissed him.’
Underworld standover man and executioner Mark Brandon ‘Chopper’ Read was released from Pentridge Prison in November, 1991, vowing never to return. He became an instant celebrity when his autobiography Chopper: From the Inside hit the bestseller lists (it also holds the record as Australia’s most shop-lifted book). Six months later, he was back in jail charged with the shooting of a biker, and busy writing his second volume of memoirs.
In this sequel, Chopper gives us more stories of crime and criminals that made his first book an international publishing sensation, from bookie robberies to hitmen, slavery and kidnapping.
Written with dark humour and an intimate knowledge of some of Australia’s most notorious criminals and crimes, Hits and Memories is a unique look at Australia’s underbelly.
Mark Brandon Read remains one of Australia’s most controversial public figures. An ex-convict, author and celebrity, he was also a recording and performance artist. He died after a long battle with liver cancer in 2013.