Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent

Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent

by Michael R. McGowan, Ralph Pezzullo

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250136657
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 22,204
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL R. MCGOWAN is a 35–year law enforcement veteran, having first served as a police officer before joining the FBI more than 30 years ago. He has spent the past 30 years working domestic and international undercover operations. He has been recognized at the highest levels for his undercover assignments. He lives in New England.

RALPH PEZZULLO is a New York Times bestselling author, and an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He lives in California.

Table of Contents

1 Stunned 1

2 Rub Some Dirt On It 15

3 Police Work 25

4 Quantico 41

5 Fbi Swat 55

6 Eastload 71

7 Pakistani Gold 91

8 Betrayal 111

9 Redemption 131

10 The Russian MOB 153

11 The Italian MOB-Case #1 169

12 The Italian MOB-Case #2 (Double Sessions) 191

13 Operation Double Sessions-Part Two 209

14 The Italian MOB-Case #3 221

15 The Outlaws 235

16 The Sinaloa Cartel-Part One 251

17 The Sinaloa Cartel-Part Two 268

18 Murder For Hire 281

Bon Voyage 299

Acknowledgments 307

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Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. This book pulls back the curtain on what it’s really like to be an Undercover FBI Agent. From the first chapter, McGowan had me hooked. Honest and suspenseful, I was on the edge of my seat throughout, with one shocking revelation after the next. McGowan’s sense of honesty really shines through throughout his writing. The very definition of an underdog as a result of his tough childhood, this is a man who beat the odds and spent a lifetime fighting the bad guys. Far from the common job, who goes to work like this every day? McGowan embodies what it means to serve his country, and “Ghost” is a book that everyone should read.