Crime Fiction About An Undercover Cop By a Former Undercover Cop
A guest post by Stephen Bentley, former UK Detective Sergeant, undercover cop, barrister (trial counsel) and now writer and author, on Who The F*ck Am I?, the first book in his new Steve Regan Undercover Cop series.
‘Crime fiction about an undercover cop by a former undercover cop’ is roughly how the blurb goes on the Amazon listing for my latest book ‘Who The F*ck Am I?’
The title may be a tad controversial to some, but it is part of the very fabric of an infiltrator. Identity confusion among undercover agents is a medically recognised condition.
It is Book One in a trilogy featuring Steve Regan, a fictional British undercover cop. The action takes place mainly in the United Kingdom but also takes the reader to Miami and Boston in the United States.
The book is available for Kindle and as a paperback through Amazon.
It will also be available in other eBook formats through Smashwords and at most other online bookstores.
The blurb also makes the claim, “This surely has to be a first! Crime fiction about an undercover cop written by a former undercover cop!
From Amazon UK bestselling author, Stephen Bentley, comes a fictional undercover cop, Steve Regan, following on the success of his true crime undercover cop memoir ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story.’
Steve Regan, undercover detective, is tempted by the riches of drug smuggling so he can be free of debt, police bureaucracy, and help a loved one. He wonders whether he can go ‘rogue’ and cross the line.
Regan gets involved in one deal with a Miami-based drug lord. But is everyone who they say they are?
Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment, from a bestselling author who knows how to suck you into a story.”
This novella was inspired by two gangsters I met in real life while undercover. I harboured thoughts about them for many years and felt obliged to deal with those thoughts in this fictional work. I believe I can safely say that is a first!
As an author and a former undercover cop, I do not profess to know with certainty if my claim about it being a “first” is fact. I mean the claim: This surely has to be a first! Crime fiction about an undercover cop written by a former undercover cop!
I could argue, in line with another former profession of mine (lawyer), that it isn’t a claim at all – merely a hypothesis. Pedants may argue there ought to be a question mark following “has to be first.” Possibly, they are correct.
But in any event, whether claim or hypothesis, it intrigues me. So, a challenge to all readers of this blog post – tell me if I am right or wrong about it being the first fictional work about an undercover cop written by a former undercover cop. At least I ask you to leave a comment letting us know your thoughts.
There is a reward for the best comment left – one free copy of the book featured here and a free copy of my bestselling memoir ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story.’
NOTE: Post your comments in the comments section of Win two free books before 15 December 2017. (link takes you to Stephen’s blog)
Please note there can only be one winner and the prizes will be provided in any eBook format of the winner’s choice.
The winner will be judged by Stephen Bentley on the basis of the insight provided by the commentator and the originality of the comment, with any tendency to humour gaining extra marks.