Saturday, 22 October 2016

TRUE CRIME REVIEW: Undercover: A True Story - Joe Carter

Release Date: 12/06/16
Publisher: Century


Twenty years undercover - one man's true story of life as an undercover cop. A must-read for fans of Donnie Brasco.

For over 20 years Joe Carter has worked for the police as an undercover cop. He travelled the globe on different passports. He fraternised with thieves, international drugs and arms dealers. He worked alongside the most dangerous criminals. Always fearing that this life would come crashing down around him at any point.

His story is a gripping account of the secret, solitary work of an undercover officer and the many ‘sticky’ situations he found himself in, as well as the moving confession of the difficulty in reconciling his two identities with his family life. It’s a story of his beginnings from a being a young east end apprentice to the mean streets he walks today – it reveals the many highs and the painful lows of going undercover.

This book explores the resilience needed to lead a double life, the thrilling challenge of working with the biggest criminals in Britain, and maintaining a sense of justice through the many adventures he encounters.


Books like this are not only hard to read but also to process as to be honest you're reading a real person's life story. Not a fictional write up but the down and dirty gritty highs and low's that a flesh and blood person has had to deal with.

It's hardcore, dark and t times depressing as the reader gets to spend time with a man you feel is doing his best for communities and yet, the criminals aren't as clear cut as you'd like to think. Its harsh, not dressed up with any unnecessary dressing and to the point, which is pretty much what you'd expect from a police officer.

All round a title that whilst hard to read was a book that I was pleased I spent the time with, to see the real face of undercover work without the make up of Hollywood or TV to hide behind.

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