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The Second Father:
An Insiders Story Of Cops, Crime And Corruption


From Brisbane's sleazy 'sin triangle' to drug busts in the wild far north, former undercover cop Domenico 'Mick' Cacciola tells his incredible tale of underworld crime and police corruption.

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In the 1950s Mick's family migrated to Australia from war-torn Italy and, in the Sicilian tradition, as the eldest of four boys, he was considered 'il secondo padre', the second father. Growing up with racism and discrimination compelled him into a life fighting for justice and honour. After joining the Queensland Police force in the 1960s, Mick became a 'sleeper', risking his life infiltrating illegal gambling dens. In the 1970s he saw the ugly face of entrenched corruption while working in the seedy Licensing Branch. In these turbulent days - before the corruption-busting Fitzgerald Inquiry - he waged a long and bitter battle with now disgraced police commissioner Terry Lewis and the infamous bagman Sergeant Jack Herbert. Later, as a Special Branch detective, he spied on suspected Communists and used his muscle to break up illegal street marches.

In The Second Father, Domenico Cacciola breaks a 35-year silence to tell the truth behind Australia's most notorious era of crime and corruption.

Domenico 'Mick' Cacciola

Domenico 'Mick' Cacciola

Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola is a decorated police officer who joined the police force in 1966. He received the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct in 1977 and the National Medal in 1991, among other awards. Now retired, he runs a consultancy service and enjoys time with his wife, three children and grandchildren. He is the author, with Ben Robertson, of his memoir The Second Father: An Insider’s Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption and Who's Who in the Zoo: A Story of Corruption, Crooks and Killers.