It takes a certain type of human to thrive in the high-stakes world of law enforcement. With no two days ever the same, navigating the shady regions between everyday suburbia and the criminal underworld throws up no shortage of surprises. And from among the unexpected circumstances, events, characters, scams, rip-offs, cons and tip-offs, captivating stories emerge. Here are some books full of them.
Part father-son story, part true crime, Loose Units is a race through the underbelly of policing as ex-cop John Verhoeven tells all to his son Paul about the crimes, the characters and the pitch-black humour.
A life of action.
How a dream job became a nightmare
'Birdsville, the land of plenty – plenty of heat, dust, flies, snakes, camels and salt of the earth outback folk.' Neale McShane
A criminal profiler, trained at Quantico, former Chief Superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Kate Lines recounts her remarkable story using pivotal cases she worked on in the course of her career.
An electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard
Part police story, part triumph over adversity, this is Allan Sparkes' moving account of what happened to him after he was awarded a Cross of Valour, Australia's highest civilian award for bravery.
An account of a rural cop's life as a forensic investigator
'This is the best expose of life as a British Undercover ever written.' - Joe Pistone AKA Donnie Brasco, FBI’s most famous UC. Twenty years undercover - one man's true story of life as an undercover cop. Soon to be a major TV show...
In the vein of Netflix hit Narcos, and soon to be a film starring Bryan Cranston, this is the true story of US Drugs Enforcement Agent Robert Mazur's dramatic undercover mission into the Columbian drugs underworld to pull off one of the most celebrated stings in history.
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.