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Drugs, Guns and Lies

Narrated by: Joel Jackson
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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A story from the inside when Queensland had the most corrupt police force in the country. This is what it's really like to be an undercover police officer.

'Undercover was like guerrilla warfare; to understand your enemy, you had to walk amongst them, to become them. The trick was to keep an eye on that important line between who you were and who you were pretending to be.'

This is the true story of Keith Banks, one of Queensland's most decorated police officers, and his journey into the drug scene as an undercover operative in the 1980s. In an era of corruption, often alone, with no backup, he and other undercover cops quickly learned to blend into the drug scene, smoking dope and drinking with targets, buying drugs and having dealers arrested. Very quickly, the lines were blurred between his identity as a police officer and the life he pretended to be part of. This is a raw and confronting story of undercover cops who all became casualties of that era, some worse than others, and where not everyone with a badge could be trusted.

©2020 Keith Banks and Ben Smith (P)2020 Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

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What a life! What an eye opening story - loved it.

Having lived through those year it was great to get the real back story. What was really happening in Queensland back in the 80's. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your loverly family and know that you did a lot of good. A great read.

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A clear and honest reveal of life undercover in the Sunshine State.
I couldn't put it down.
Trippy!

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BRILLIANT

One of the best books I've read. Narrator really good too which makes a difference. The stories were really easy to understand and involve yourself in. These guys are absolutely not recognised enough 🙏🏼

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amazing read

so easy to listen to & it makes you feel as if you've experienced it yourself. undercover work seems harrowing, thankless & dangerous. Ty to those who do this job to provide a safer place for us & our kids.

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I could not stop listening! finished in 3 days!

I heard an interview with the author on ABC Radio Adelaide. The book sounded very interesting. Listening to the book exceeded all my expectations, I could not stop listening. Brave story and I am glad the author shared it!

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gripping<br />

i could not stop listening to this book, and was disappointed when it ended! also perfectly narrated...

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Fantastic

Really great story , definitely can be made in to a movie , narrated so good ,
Love it !
Well done , Keith, Ben and Joel.

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Tough job

Good story I moved to Brisbane in the 80’s green and wide eyed not aware of the seedy underbelly of Brisbane . It’s a shame the correct pronunciation of the suburbs wasn’t sorted in the beginning .