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For many people, a non-fiction memoir by someone who isn’t famous, isn’t considered as reading material. This book is as far from dry as a monsoon downpour. That’s exactly what an independent review magazine said about it recently and I quote:

‘… initially thought the book was going to be very dry and dreary. I was quite wrong. Once I started on the main content, I had difficulty putting it down… I found this to be a very worthwhile book to read, it made me think and was an eye opener to the risks undertaken by this group of very brave men.’
– Yvonne Probert, Review Spot UK

Or maybe this from a British journalist who captures the essence of my book:

Undercover Operation Julie – The Inside Story,’ documents everyday life of undercover work as the author, Stephen Bentley, won the confidence of the gang members. Bentley tells in his book how he built a “perfect” relationship with Smiles, an important gang member. But this friendship almost undermined the whole operation.– Dominic Blake, BBC News England, October 2, 2016.

I could continue ad infinitum but I don’t wish to bore you, and neither will my book. I think over 130 Amazon reviews in all countries (the majority in the UK), mainly four and five stars, and the fact it has been a UK Amazon chart-topper on more occasions that I recall, speaks volumes.

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In a Liverpool night club, the Canadian mobster said, “Are you guys cops?”

Steve Jackson heard him. His blood ran cold.

Jackson wasn’t his real name. He was an undercover cop.

Ever wondered about the life of an undercover cop?

What it takes to infiltrate a worldwide drugs gang?

What it feels like to live a double life? – To ‘live a lie.’

Read this gripping true story of Britain’s biggest drug bust.

In March 1978, at the culmination of Operation Julie, fifteen defendants, including doctors, research chemists, a writer, and “professional” drug dealers were sentenced to a combined total of one hundred and twenty four years imprisonment.

Operation Julie is still today the point of reference for all British undercover operations and training. In 2011, the BBC claimed this massive and unique police operation was the start of the war on drugs.

The author, Stephen Bentley, was one of four undercover detectives engaged on Operation Julie, one of the world’s largest drug busts. Together with his undercover partner, he infiltrated the gang producing around 90 percent of the world’s LSD and uncovered a plot to import huge quantities of Bolivian cocaine into the UK.

Bentley operated in the era of no undercover training. He improvised as he went along. He was a pioneer infiltrator left to his own devices.

The underworld knew the author as Steve Jackson. How did he successfully infiltrate the two gangs? Did he have to take drugs, and how did ‘living a lie’ affect him?

The author and his book have featured on BBC Newsnight, BBC Wales News, BBC Radio 4 World at One and BBC Five Live; and also in London’s Guardian and Sunday Express newspapers. The book is also now adapted for a feature film.

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Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story is also available in the following print editions:

Hardcover ISBN 9786219619028 at Amazon and all good bookstores

Large Print ISBN 9786219619042 at Amazon and all good bookstores

Regular paperback (4th ed.) ISBN 9786219619035 at Amazon and all good bookstores