Last King of the Cross by John Ibrahim

Last King of the Cross

By John Ibrahim

  • Release Date: 2017-07-25
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 205 Ratings
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John Ibrahim's incredible life story told in his own words.

Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia's most notorious underworld figure.

In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile.

Bullets fly, blades flash and bodies fall. In a city of shadows, John builds his army and empire - partying like a playboy prince of darkness while staying one step ahead of the cops, the outlaw gangs and hungry triggermen, plotting to take him and his family down.

Crazier than Goodfellas, more compelling than The Godfather, Last King of the Cross is a colourful crime saga like no other and powerful proof that truth is always stranger than fiction.


  • I want more

    By Tashz333
    This was amazing I couldn’t put it down. I don’t know what it is but he just oozes charisma you can see it in the photos it’s like he’s looking straight at you I can see how he’s been so successful he definitely has something special A great book which I speed through until the end when I slowed down because I didn’t want it to end!
  • Great Read Down Memory Lane

    By WammyP
    I grew up in the times recounted in the book. I worked in the Cross from the late 80's to early 90's, frequented most of the establishments mentioned and owned a nightclub on Crown St, Darlinghurst. Payments to the coppers were the norm. As a card carry member of the Piano Room and Trademark all I can say is well written John. We don't know each other directly but they were great days, nights and very late mornings in a world now gone. Destroyed by PC bureaucrats and property greed! Well done buddy. All the best Wam👍 (why didn't the ax man of Kellet St get a mention?😊)
  • Interesting read

    By Gregsbass
    I read this book just prior to some of the Ibrahim boys being arrested overseas in an alleged large scale drugs bust. Johns house was raided, but true to form, he wasn't charged. I believe because he's now a cleanskin & has had nothing to do with drugs all along. If you've frequented the cross in the past 30 years this is a must read.
  • Last King of the Cross

    By My new favourite podcast !!
    Fantastic book, couldn't put it down.
  • Talent and brilliance!

    By Cooperdan1979999999
    I have found this book enormously entertaining and fascinating. Very few authors have kept my attention the way John has, with this book, and I realise writing isn't even his number 1 forte, so even more respect for this man. A shame that the world we live in, does not permit for a book like this to be written without any hold backs in truth or stories, without getting the author into grief. Still, a marvellous book. I have nothing but a great respect for this man and how he's conducted his life thus far. Anybody that pretends the world is all law abiding and fair has rocks in their head. True success is making the best go of the one life you DO have. And he's done just that! And as for morality, going to church or preaching to others all day how holier than thou one is, does not make you a moral man. Taking the bad with the good, being human, acknowledging your imperfections and constantly trying to improve your past self and also helping the undeserving and deserving alike, that is what makes you moral. And John has done this with flying colours! Valuable read! Thank you sir !
  • Very Good Read!

    By Mzizzydizzy
    Simple read and very funny... Dont judge too much on the writing method but it writes from the heart and experience so it create the environment or stage in your imagination when you read. It help that you watch underbelly before so you can sort of understand the violence. Very proud of you John Ibrahim! Family can be in the form of blood or non related like Tongan Sam but no matter what happen, family comes first.
  • The demise of the cross!

    By butterflywings
    What a life! This book is gritty and honest, very nostalgic. Anyone who partied in Sydney during the 1990s and 2000 has this man to thank for providing the scene. From humble roots in growing up in Merrylands in Sydney's South West, to being crowned Last King of The Cross. Couldn't put this book down and the stories were crazy and entertaining. It's a shame the lockout laws and the NSW government sold Sydney's life and soul to greedy developers. Sydney went to a top international city to central even Hobart in Tasmania has a better nightlife. Thank you mister ibrahim for the memories and RIP Kings X.
  • Great read!!

    By Erin_01
    I couldn't put it down!

    WOW! WHAT A BOOK , WHAT A LIFE ! VERY VERY INSPIRING ! Loved it Good on you John you never gave up no matter what .
  • Fascinating

    By Jess76plus
    This was so good and it was fun reading the backstory of all my favourite haunts.