A paperback bundle consisting of:
- Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story
- Operation George; A Gripping True Crime Story of an Audacious Undercover Sting
- Undercover Legends: The Real Mr and Mrs Smith
Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story
Forget Breaking Bad, this is the extraordinary story of the 1970s Welsh LSD ring that supplied the world, told by a cop in deepest cover on the case.
'Life undercover was one great adrenaline rush fuelled by copious amounts of alcohol, hash, weed and some cocaine. I was off the leash.'
In the mid-1970s, at the age of 29, Stephen Bentley, a fresh-faced detective, turned himself into Steve Jackson, a dope-smoking, hard-drinking hippie. His time spent undercover with a gang making and distributing LSD helped bring down two criminal networks - but the operation also led to deep personal aftershocks felt long after the case closed.
As we get up-close-and-personal with the people who were the operators of the drug supply chain that fuelled 70s counter-culture, the story becomes laden with heavy drug-taking, blurred lines between cop, criminal and friend, and creeping doubts about who Steve really is. Taking us into the unlikely setting of the rural Welsh valleys and infiltrating the gang that was responsible for about 90% of the LSD production in the UK, Steve Bentley's insider account shows what it really takes to go undercover - to befriend, to betray and to bury your sense of self.
Now in development as an 8-part TV series.
Operation George; A Gripping True Crime Story of an Audacious Undercover Sting
This huge and complex operation is almost unbelievable, the bravery and courage, the risks, the challenges - it creates an epic tale that would rival any fictional thriller or detective novel. - NetGalley UK Review
‘Operation George’ ranks up with true crime classics such as 'Donnie Brasco' and 'The Infiltrator' in its pulse-pounding narrative of undercover operations with significant ramifications. – Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review
Meet the real Line of Duty ™ undercover team in this previously untold and gripping story of how a Northern Irish terrorist and murderer and one of his followers, were caught in an audacious and brilliantly executed undercover sting on the English mainland, codenamed, Operation George.
Following the horrific murder of Rosemary Nelson, the prominent human rights lawyer, Jim Fulton, a prominent LVF paramilitary, fled to the United States. He was deported with help from the FBI and in collusion with the British police, on his arrival at Heathrow, Fulton ‘walked through an open door,’ a Lewis Carrol-like euphemism for an invitation created by the crack undercover covert police team, only to disappear ‘down the rabbit hole’ on accepting the invitation.
The invitation turned undercover policing methods on its head. Normally, undercover officers infiltrate organised crime groups. In this case, the Operation George team of undercover officers was the organised crime group.
The ‘rabbit hole’ led to an alternative world: an environment created and controlled by the elite covert team and only inhabited by the undercover officers and their targets. The subterfuge encouraged the terrorist targets into believing Fulton was working for a Plymouth-based ‘criminal firm’ over a period spanning almost two years. In that time, over fifty thousand hours of conversations between the ‘firm’ members were secretly recorded and used to bring the killer and one of his followers to justice.
This unique story is told by former undercover officer Mark Dickens who was part of the elite team of Operation George undercover detectives. This deception is one of the most remarkable covert policing operations the world has ever known.
Together with pioneering Operation Julie undercover officer and bestselling author, Stephen Bentley, they have written a gripping account of a unique story reminiscent of the premise of ‘The Sting’ film, combining a true-crime page-turner with a fascinating insight into early 21st-century covert policing
Undercover Legends: The Real Mr and Mrs Smith
What do you really know about the people around you?
To the residents of leafy Acacia Avenue, Mr and Mrs Smith were like any other couple. Living a very ordinary life, in a very ordinary suburb, on the outskirts of a very ordinary city.
But behind closed doors, Mr and Mrs Smith were at the heart of a world filled with deception and organised crime - and they were the good guys.
Inspired by true events and detailing Mr and Mrs Smith’s covert deployments, this is first in a series of gripping tales.
‘Undercover Legends’ is a fascinating insight into the double lives of two undercover officers. First as individuals and then as a couple, they had to balance the stresses and strains of their real lives, families and relationships, with the murky underworld they found themselves enmeshed in.
In many ways, their legends, those false identities and lives that inhabited the criminal world, were no less real than the lives they were born into. That was a must as their lives may have depended on the robustness of their cover. Four lives… two people.
One question… will you join them on their extraordinary story?