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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

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This surely has to be a first?
Crime fiction about an undercover cop written by a former undercover cop! 

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Steve Regan is back and this time he’s alone and undercover in a seedy area of Thailand on the trail of a Texan expatriate, Les Watkins, the biggest drug smuggler in South East Asia.

Using himself as the bait, Regan attempts to score a $50,000 deal with the Thai mafia in an effort to get closer to his target.
As he finds himself embroiled deeper into the operation, Regan suspects Watkins may be connected to Regan's nemesis, ruthless Mafia boss Carlo Vitale, who has fled the United States following a triple bombing and assassination of three crime family heads.

Besides staying alive, Regan has other problems when he suddenly finds himself facing the worst dilemma an undercover cop can face.

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Steve Regan is a fictional undercover cop and has now been the protagonist in Books 1 and 2 of the Steve Regan Undercover Cop series.

Stephen Bentley introduces and talks about his new Steve Regan crime book...

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Some of you may know that I, the author, was a real undercover cop in the UK many years back. I wrote about it in my Amazon UK bestseller Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story. Indeed, it recently became a #1 Amazon UK bestseller for the fourth time, in four different categories on four separate occasions since first publication.

The fact of my memoir morphed into the fiction of Steve Regan owing to a meeting with two mobsters who wished to involve me into a plot to smuggle huge quantities of cocaine from Bolivia, via Miami, and into Britain. Those characters remained a mystery to me, and inspired the Steve Regan series.

Now, it’s easy for a reader to say, “Steve Regan is Steve Bentley.” He’s not but of course he is loosely based on me.

One reviewer of Book 1 wrote, “… He [Regan] is too “perfect… ” That is an interesting point about the fictional character and about real-life undercover cops. It’s only a few days ago I read an article claiming, “if he seems too good to be true, he probably is…,” meaning the “he” is probably an undercover cop. There is some truth in that. The quote is in the context of a woman who knew a guy for years. He was an undercover cop but she was unaware of it at the time because he was “such a nice guy.” It also highlights how people stereotype police officers.

To infiltrate a crime group, it helps if you are a likeable character. If you are obnoxious, the chances are you will be shunned. An undercover cop is trying to “wheedle” his or her way into another’s inner circle and to gain confidences.

Steve Regan inherits the “nice guy” character trait from me, I guess, but as he is part of my imagination, I can permit him to do things I could never do in real life. That’s fun. He also has a sense of humour, and “a way” with women. I make no comment if that is any reflection on me!

He is not another Jack Reacher or Milton. He is Steve Regan, an intelligent, determined thinking-man who is rather good at his job.

As the series develops, Regan may succumb to the mental stresses of his prolonged undercover role. Again, that scenario is a reflection of reality, as is the temptation to “go rogue” - to profit from criminal enterprises, a theme explored in Book 1.
Dilemma (Book 2 Steve Regan Undercover Cop) is part hard-boiled crime fiction and part romantic suspense. It is set in a seedy bar area of Thailand. Regan lost a wife and a daughter in a road traffic accident [fiction] many years back, and readers will discover if he finds real love in such an unlikely Thai setting. Whether that last part (love) is me or Regan, readers will have to make up their own minds.
So, to sum up: Regan is a complex mix of gentleness, ruthlessness , determination, and vulnerability. By necessity, he is also a great actor!

Dilemma is available now to buy! Release date was July 11, 2018.

Book 1 Steve Regan Undercover Cop can be downloaded for free if you subscribe to his monthly newsletter on his author website.

All of Stephen Bentley’s undercover themed books, fact and fiction, may be found in digital formats here on Books2Read.




A portion of all my book sales royalties are to be donated to the Jamie Bulger Memorial Trust, a UK Registered Charity. Please consider donating even if you never buy my books.


The real Stephen Bentley is a former police Detective Sergeant and barrister (trial attorney) from the UK. He is now a freelance writer and HuffPost UK blogger.

His memoir 'Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story' is a frank account of his undercover detective experiences during Operation Julie - an elite group of detectives who successfully investigated one of the world's largest drugs rings.

When he isn't writing, Stephen follows the (mis)fortunes of Liverpool Football Club from afar and relaxes on the beaches of the Philippines with his family where he now lives.

Stephen is currently working on a number of books including Book Three in the fictional Steve Regan Undercover Cop Series.

He would like you to know that he will donate a portion of all book sales royalties to the James Bulger Memorial Trust, a UK registered charity.

Credit to author and illustrator Kelly Artieri
Kelly was commissioned to produce an illustration of what Steve Regan looked like, wearing his beloved Aviators, sat astride his 1970's vintage Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Louise for giving me the opportunity of writing this guest post. One thing I need to point out is my books are no longer available in digital formats on Books2Read. I have now reverted to being exclusive on Amazon.
    Thanks once more.
    Stephen

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