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Operation George Mark Dickens

Operation George By Mark Dickens

Operation George by Mark Dickens


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Meet the real Line of Duty (TM) undercover team in this previously untold and gripping story of how a Northern Irish terrorist and murderer and one of his followers, were caught in an audacious and brilliantly executed undercover sting on the English mainland, codenamed, Operation George.

Operation George Summary

Operation George: A Gripping True Crime Story of an Audacious Undercover Sting by Mark Dickens

Meet the real Line of Duty (TM) undercover team in this previously untold and gripping story of how a Northern Irish terrorist and murderer and one of his followers, were caught in an audacious and brilliantly executed undercover sting on the English mainland, codenamed, Operation George. In 2006 at Belfast Crown Court, William James Fulton, a principal in the outlawed Loyalist Volunteer Force, was jailed for life and sentenced to a minimum of 28 years after the longest trial in Northern Ireland's legal history. Fulton was an early suspect in the Rosemary Nelson killing. Following the murder of the prominent human rights lawyer, he fled to the United States and, with help from the FBI in collusion with the British police, he was deported. On his arrival at Heathrow, Fulton 'walked through an open door,' a Lewis Carrol-like euphemism for an invitation created by the covert team, only to disappear 'down the rabbit hole' on accepting the invitation. That 'rabbit hole' led to an alternative world: an environment created and controlled by the elite covert team and only inhabited by the undercover officers and their targets. The subterfuge encouraged the terrorist targets into believing Fulton was working for a Plymouth-based 'criminal firm' over a period spanning almost two years. In that time, over fifty thousand hours of conversations between the 'firm' members were secretly recorded and used to bring the killer to justice. This unique story is told by former undercover officer Mark Dickens who was part of an elite team of undercover detectives who took part in 'Operation George,' one of the most remarkable covert policing operations the world has ever known. You won't know him under that name nor the many aliases he adopted as an undercover police officer infiltrating organised crime gangs. Together in 'Operation George,' with pioneering Operation Julie undercover officer and bestselling author, Stephen Bentley, they have written a gripping account of a unique story reminiscent of the premise of 'The Sting' film, and the 'Bloodlands' setting, combining a true-crime page-turner with a fascinating insight into early 21st-century covert policing. The publisher wishes to make clear by using the Line of Duty (TM), there is no implied association with the Line of Duty series nor World Productions Ltd and the trademark is attributed to World Productions Ltd.

Operation George Reviews

'Operation George is brilliant! It's a unique insight into the undercover world, the ingenious tactics, the outwardly serene UCOs and the fastidious adherence to rules and training are nothing like I've ever read before.;Devoting the majority of the second half of the book to the trial was inspired. It's all very well for readers to have that amazing peek into the undercover world (and the way the team created a totally illusionary one for Fulton at huge potential risk to themselves given his background and connections) but to show how the evidence obtained stands or falls in court does the whole tactic justice.' ;- Graham Bartlett, former UK senior police officer and co-author with international best seller, Peter James, of a Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling non-fiction book, Death Comes Knocking - Policing Roy Grace's Brighton. Just like Jim Carrey's character in The Truman Show, Fulton's environment had been controlled and his life manipulated, co-authors Dickens (a pseudonym) and Bentley, both former undercover officers, write in this rare and at times compelling window into the murky world of undercover policing. - Kirkus Reviews.This true crime and narrative nonfiction story of undercover policing proves fascinating... The most interesting and original aspects of this book are its look into the inner workings of undercover policing during the aftermath of the Troubles... Readers will find many aspects of this work to be compelling. - The BookLife Prize

About Mark Dickens

Stephen Bentley is a former British police Detective Sergeant, pioneering Operation Julie undercover detective, and barrister. He now writes in the true crime and crime fiction genres and contributes occasionally to Huffington Post UK on undercover policing, and mental health issues. Stephen is a member of the UK's Society of Authors and the Crime Writers' Association. His website may be found at www.stephenbentley.info where you may subscribe to his newsletter.

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NLS9781739813611
9781739813611
1739813618
Operation George: A Gripping True Crime Story of an Audacious Undercover Sting by Mark Dickens
New
Paperback
Hendry Publishing
2022-02-28
318
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