In June 1980, following the mysterious death of Nugan Hand bank CEO, Frank Nugan, his New York-born business partner, Michael Hand, disappeared from a dank terrace in Sydney and hasn’t been seen since.

 

Author/filmmaker Peter Butt reinvestigates the notorious merchant bankers and their alleged links to drug traffickers, gun-running and the CIA.

 

In the process, he achieves what Interpol and the FBI failed to do. He uncovers Michael Hand’s new identity and traces the former CIA paramilitary officer-turned-rogue banker to a small town in the United States. You'll never guess what he's up to now!

GUNS, DRUGS & THE CIA...

THESE WERE NOT YOUR AVERAGE BANKERS. THIS WAS NOT YOUR AVERAGE BANK.

"I just bought Merchants of Menace and it's incredible!"  

Ross Schneiderman, Newsweek bureau chief, Los Angeles

 

"Magnificent piece of research and told with riveting pace. It's the best book that I've read on the Nugan Hand scandal - and I've seen most of them." 

Alex Mitchell, Journalist​

"Fantastically compelling read - pacy and jaw-dropping. What a Story!"

Alec Morgan, Filmmaker