Magazine article New Internationalist

Good Cop, Bad War

Magazine article New Internationalist

Good Cop, Bad War

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Good Cop, Bad War My Undercover Life Inside Britain's Drug Gangs by Neil Woods with JS Rafaeli (Ebury Press, ISBN 9781 7850 32707)

This is a riveting read at two levels. First it is a real-life story of how for 14 years the author, an undercover police officer, infiltrated drug gangs and had criminals put away for a combined total of 1,000 years. His courage and commitment are extraordinary and the risks he takes extreme. On one occasion an arm is wrapped around his neck: 'I saw something flash in his right hand. Then I felt the knife. It was pointing straight into my crotch, just hard enough that I could feel the point on the base of my penis.' He talks his way out of it.

The second level is the story of the author's gradual disillusion with his work, as he realizes the futility of prohibiting the drugs trade, exemplified when he has a brutal criminal jailed for nine years and a major drugs cartel broken up. …

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