Today, I’m featuring crime fiction author, Stephen Bentley, as my guest blogger. He’s a former undercover cop who writes fiction about his former life. Talk about writing what you know, right? 🙂
He’s also a lawyer, so needless to say, I’m thrilled to have him on my blog! Let’s hear it for the lawyer/writers!
There’s also a book giveaway, so please leave a comment per the instructions if you’d like a chance at a copy of one of Stephen’s books.
This post is part of the Army of Authors Book Blog Tour sponsored by Books Go Social. We’re all in it together! All for one and one for all! Like the Three Muskateers, only more than three, okay?
In any case, it’s my pleasure to welcome Stephen Bentley to my little corner of the Internet.
So … without further ado, here he is! 🙂
Crime Fiction About An Undercover Cop By a Former Undercover Cop
‘Crime Fiction About An Undercover Cop By a Former Undercover Cop’ is roughly how the blurb goes on the Amazon listing for my latest book ‘Who The F*ck Am I?’
The title may be a tad controversial to some, but it is part of the very fabric of an infiltrator. Identity confusion among undercover agents is a medically recognised condition.
It is Book One in a trilogy featuring Steve Regan, a fictional British undercover cop. The action takes place mainly in the United Kingdom but also takes the reader to Miami and Boston in the United States.
The book is available from October 31, 2017 in both Kindle and paperback through Amazon. It will also be available in other eBook formats through Smashwords and at most other online book stores.
The blurb also makes the claim, “This surely has to be a first! Crime fiction about an undercover cop written by a former undercover cop!
From Amazon UK bestselling author, Stephen Bentley, comes a fictional undercover cop, Steve Regan, following on the success of his true crime undercover cop memoir ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story.’
Steve Regan, undercover detective, is tempted by the riches of drug smuggling so he can be free of debt, police bureaucracy, and help a loved one. He wonders whether he can go ‘rogue’ and cross the line.
Regan gets involved in one deal with a Miami-based drug lord. But is everyone who they say they are?
Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment, from a bestselling author who knows how to suck you into a story.”
This novella was inspired by two gangsters I met in real life while undercover. I harboured thoughts about them for many years and felt obliged to deal with those thoughts in this fictional work. I believe I can safely say that is a first!
As the author and a former undercover cop, I do not profess to know with certainty if my claim about it being a “first” is fact. I mean the claim: This surely has to be a first! Crime fiction about an undercover cop written by a former undercover cop!
I could argue, in line with another former profession of mine (lawyer), that it isn’t a claim at all – merely a hypothesis. Pedants may argue there ought to be a question mark following “has to be first.” Possibly, they are correct.
But in any event, whether claim or hypothesis, it intrigues me. So, a challenge to all readers of this blog post – tell me if I am right or wrong about it being the first fictional work about an undercover cop written by a former undercover cop. At least I ask you to leave a comment letting us know your thoughts.
There is a reward for the best comment left – one free copy of the book featured here and a free copy of my bestselling memoir ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story.’
Please note there can only be one winner and the prizes will be provided in any eBook format of the winner’s choice.
The winner will be judged by the author on the basis of the insight provided by the commentator, the originality of the comment, and any tendency to humour gains extra marks. 🙂
Stephen Bentley is a former UK Detective Sergeant, undercover cop, barrister (trial counsel). He’s now a writer, author, and blogs at HuffPost UK.
Stephen is also author of ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story’ – an Amazon UK bestselling book about his undercover days on one of the world’s largest drug busts.
He lives in the Philippines, enjoys the beaches and a cold beer and follows “his team”, Liverpool Football Club from afar.
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Who-Steve-Regan-Undercover-Book-ebook/dp/B075N3158G/
Hey Debbi! Thank you so much for publishing this guest post of mine and thanks to BooksGoSocial for organising it.
Two things while I’m here – you have a great blog! And I will check out your books. It’s always interesting to see what us lawyers/writers are up to 🙂
Thank you for the comment and your interest in my books. It’s always great to find other lawyer/writers, and I’ll have to check out your books, too.
I’ve always been intrigued by the barrister/solicitor system in the UK. Trial work really is a skill that not all lawyers have or want to exercise. And I get the sense that solicitors are kind of the legal equivalent of medical general practitioners or family doctors. It would be fun to explore the topic with you. if you’re at all interested, I’d love to have you as a guest on the Crime Cafe podcast. My schedule is booked until late 2018, but I’ll put the invite out there! 🙂