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Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent


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. read more...


"A great read on a highly successful, self-proclaimed "misfit" inside the FBI, who was OCD enough to keep great notes. There is a bit of ego in the book, but it sounds well-deserved, and doesn't interfere with the story at all. Raw language, which enhances the books overall credibility, it was very interesting. Mr. McGowan is a man who worked extremely hard, gave up his family life for a modest government salary. I think it is great that he gets to share his story and make a few bucks towards his retirement."

-5 Star review