- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Oct. 2 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250136657
- ISBN-13: 978-1250136657
- ASIN: 1250136652
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 23.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #602,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent Hardcover – Oct 2 2018
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"Propulsive....Will appeal to readers curious about the undercover lifestyle and the inner workings of federal law enforcement." ―Kirkus Reviews
“Michael McGowan and Ralph Pezzullo’s brilliant and unflinching account of Mr. McGowan’s career as an undercover FBI Special Agent takes you into the soul of this unsung American hero, and into the strip clubs, and hotel suites where he outwitted the world’s top criminals―including three Italian Mafia families, the Russian Mob, and El Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel. Ghost is absolutely riveting. I couldn’t put it down.” ―Don Mann, longtime member of SEAL Team 6 and New York Times bestselling author.
"An excellent look into the murky world of Undercover. McGowan proves to be one of the top UCAs in the FBI. A must read." ―Joseph Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco
"Few Agents in the history of the FBI have exposed themselves to more risk and performed with equal professionalism and integrity as Mike McGowan. His story shows the FBI's success isn't based on a system but the extraordinary efforts of individual Agents who find a way to make their cases despite all obstacles. Sometimes, as Mike discovered, the bad guys you are targeting aren't your only adversary.” ―Michael German, retired FBI agent and author of Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI UCA
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.
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I never had the pleasure of working on the same squad as Mike, but I, like many in the office, knew of his excellent work ethic, his prowess as an investigator, his abilities as a SWAT Team member, and of his devotion to his work and to his family. Later, when he was working the three large drug cases he describes in the book, I was in a position wherein I saw inside those cases on nearly a daily basis. I can tell future readers of this book that what Mike describes about those investigations and about his time in Philadelphia is absolutely accurate.
I lost touch with Mike after he went off to Boston to begin his undercover work, however I have no doubt that all that he describes of those years in this book is the unvarnished truth and then some. I commend this book to the reader guaranteeing that you will enjoy the story of this very, very special Special Agent. As it turned out, Mike McGowan was not "one of the good ones," he was light years beyond that.
The incredible stories of infiltrating some of the world's most notorious gangs read like something out of Hollywood. Except, they are real, and only that much more incredible to know he did this all the while raising a family with his wife, coaching PeeWee and walking the golden retriever.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning about the mind and life of Undercover operative.