Banks has told his story in a raw and honest autobiography. It is the best true crime book published in Australia in a decade.' -John Silvester, Crime Reporter for The Age
Undercover was like guerrilla warfare; to understand your enemy, you had to walk amongst them, to become them. The trick was to keep an eye on that important line between who you were and who you were pretending to be.
This is the true story of Keith Banks, one of Queensland's most decorated police officers, and his journey into the world of drugs as an undercover operative in the 1980s. In an era of corruption, often alone and with no backup, he and other undercover cops quickly learned to blend into the drug scene, smoking dope and drinking with targets, buying drugs and then having dealers arrested. Very quickly, the lines between his identity as a police officer and the life he pretended to be part of became blurred.
This is a raw and confronting story of undercover cops who all became casualties of that era, some more than others, when not everyone with a badge could be trusted.
Found this book not only informative but so easy to read.
Drugs, Guns & Lies
Wow, what a great read. Inspiring, enlightening and captivating. I loved it from start to finish. Not what I was expecting but delivered so much more.
Happy it was on special!
Whole thing reads like a police brief. Just stating of facts with no emotion or humour of any kind. I think the author tried humour a few times but fell flat like the entire book.
Guy seems as switched on as a blown lightbulb and generally unlikeable. Seems most (not all) of his big arrests were suburban users he befriended and then who helped him score. If this isn’t the case the storytelling is the fault.
Anything from Kathryn Bonella is a much better true Aussie crime read and even John Ibrahim’s King of the Cross is miles above this.