The Kingdom of Children explores Johnny Morgan’s early development from an ordinary boy into a cold-blooded killer.
Johnny Morgan is born into a suburban working-class catholic family where he matures, on the one hand, within the strict regime of Catholicism and on the other, within a knockabout world where brute force and cunning are the preferred means of dealing with authority and survival.
The result is a value system of never dob anyone in, a misunderstanding and arrogance of sexual behaviour, and a yearning to be thought of as the best.
Morgan discovers there is a natural order of balance within society, that forces of disorder, such as himself, are soon brought to task and that certain individuals are given an unofficial green light to have their way with him. He learns he can withdraw their green light by disrupting the natural order.
Morgan excels in street-wise cunning, becoming a larrikin delinquent, torn between the feral and the ordinary human being.
The story is based on the author’s personal experiences, and those of his close friend, Chris Flannery, aka Mr Rentakill, Australia’s infamous hitman, missing, believed murdered by police.