HUNDREDS of people crowded the St Paul's Anglican Church Hall for the first day of the annual Drug Arm Book Affair.
The four-day sale of donated books helped raise important funds for Drug Arm's drug and alcohol counselling programs.
Potential buyers sifted their way through thousands of titles, with everything from westerns, to sci-fi and paperback fiction on offer.
Retired detective-turned author Domenico "Mick" Cacciola was also at the launch to sell and sign copies of his new book, Who's Who in the Zoo.
Co-written with Ben Robertson, the book describes Mr Cacciola's experiences while working as a police officer and detective in Brisbane in the 70s and 80s, covering much of the infamous Fitzgerald-era of corruption.
Mr Cacciola talks about the serious threats - both to his career and even his life - that he endured as a result of refusing to be a part of the corruption he witnessed.
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