These are the stories that you don't read in the papers or see on "Crimewatch" - and if they do appear they only skim the surface of what really happened. A senior detective and undercover agent in the Drug Squad and Regional Crime Squad - Britain's equivalent of the FBI - has broken ranks to reveal the stark truth behind the headlines. Duncan MacLaughlin, 40 years-old and a police officer all his life, is one of the elite. SAS-trained for special missions, his expertise is in surveillance and undercover work that could have got him killed at any moment. The dangerous tightrope he walked included cases involving master criminal Kenneth Noye, kidnap victim Julie Dart and the slaying of PC Keith Blakelock. He also penetrated international drug cartels and nailed the ruthless barons who control them.
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Filth: The Explosive inside Story of Scotland Yard's Top Undercover Cop based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Usually when a book states on its cover "Exposes the secrets Scotland Yard never wanted revealed” or something similar, I find that it is just a ploy to get you to read/purchase it but here it really is true. Some of the secrets make me wonder how this is legal and I can certainly see why Scotland Yard would have an issue with it. Having read up a little on Mr MacLaughlin and being someone who does not readily trust institutions such as the police, I can also understand it from his point of view. The title "The Filth" should give you some idea of MacLaughlin's opinion of his fellow officers and as a fan of true crime, I knew I had to give this a go. It did not disappoint! Now I do realise that some of you may think he is merely using the pejorative term or slang for police in the UK but there's no doubt in my mind after reading this that this is in fact MacLaughlin's opinion of his ex-colleagues. There are sensational and really quite disturbing claims that officers from the Yard's Drugs Squad and the Regional Crime Squad stole drugs, paid phantom informants and fabricated evidence. That is just for starters. Some of it is shocking and I urge anyone who decides to read it to go in with a completely open mind. An excellent and exciting read. Whether the information is true or not is up for debate. What I do know is that the police are certainly not whiter than white, as they would have us believe. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Thistle Publishing for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.