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My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent

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The explosive memoir of an FBI field operative who has worked more undercover cases than anyone in history.

Within FBI field operative circles, groups of people known as “Special” by their titles alone, Michael R. McGowan is an outlier. 10% of FBI Special Agents are trained and certified to work undercover. A quarter of those agents have worked more than one undercover assignment in their careers. And of those, less than 10% of them have been involved in more than five undercover cases. Over the course of his career, McGowan has worked more than 50 undercover cases.

In this extraordinary and unprecedented book, McGowan will take readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts, to the Russian and Italian mobs, to biker gangs and contract killers, to corrupt unions and SWAT work. Ghost is an unparalleled view into how the FBI, through the courage of its undercover Special Agents, nails the bad guys. McGowan infiltrates groups at home and abroad, assembles teams to create the myths he lives, concocts fake businesses, coordinates the busts, and helps carry out the arrests. Along the way, we meet his partners and colleagues at the FBI, who pull together for everything from bank jobs to the Boston Marathon bombing case, mafia dons, and, perhaps most significantly, El Chapo himself and his Sinaloa Cartel.

Ghost is the ultimate insider's account of one of the most iconic institutions of American government, and a testament to the incredible work of the FBI.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 08, 2018 – McGowan, a three-decade FBI veteran, narrates his impressive career in this intense memoir. Raised by an alcoholic Irish cop in a rough northeastern Massachusetts industrial city, McGowan left home in 1979 to attend college in Florida. Afterward, he returned to New England and worked as a cop in Burlington, Vt., for several years before being accepted into the FBI in 1988. McCowan became one of the rare special agents trained to work undercover and given multiple assignments. He takes great care in depicting the risks he took as an agent in more than 50 undercover cases, working on international drug investigations, tracking Italian and Russian mafia members (he used a wire while meeting with Matty Guglielmetti of the New England based Patriarca crime family), and investigating Mexican drug lord Joaqu n "El Chapo" Guzm n (his office set up "a major international drug deal with the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel" in Mexico) and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. McGowan gives readers a thrilling insider's view of being an undercover FBI agent, "the most exciting and challenging job in the world."
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 02, 2018
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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