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DEA Agent Publishes Memoir Detailing Action-Packed Fight Against Mexican Drug Cartels

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mike Vigil knows a thing or two about the secret world of anti-drug agents.

The DEA’s former chief of international operations, Vigil spent 18 years abroad as an agent, Global Post reports.

Now he’s sharing that experience in a new memoir called “Deal.”

The book is packed with thrilling observations and offers a glimpse into drug cartels that are causing serious problems in the U.S.

To read Vigil’s interview with Global Post, click here.

 

ATF Agent Blasts Handling of Botched ‘Fast and Furious’


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Dodson said he’s barely hanging onto his job.

The ATF agent blew the whistle on the botched gun trafficking scheme, “Fast and Furious,” and is the author of “The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle And Expose Fast and Furious.”

Dodson said not enough people were held accountable.

“Nobody’s ever explained where this started from, who thought this was a good idea, and how no one’s been held accountable for it.”

For more on his story, click on the video above.

So Many ‘Whitey’ Bulger Books! Even He’s Writing One

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Long before James “Whitey” Bulger was captured in California in 2011, the notorious mobster was the subject of more than a dozen books.

Now that he’s been convicted and headed to prison for life, many more books are in the works – “books by relatives of his victims, books by his crime compatriots, books by cops and prosecutors,” LA Weekly reports.

One of those authors is none other than Bulger, who had written more than 100 pages of his memoir when he was arrested in his Santa Monica apartment, LA Weekly wrote.

Of all the books written about this “amazing crime story,” the LA Weekly recommended “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice,” by Boston Globe writers Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.

The book “is the product of a combined 50 years of covering Bulger. But more than densely detailed reporting, it also brings amazing human-interest insight made possible by the authors’ geographic proximity: Cullen lived in South Boston for most of Bulger’s reign; Murphy graduated from South Boston High School.”

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Prolific Retired-ATF Official Bernie La Forest Cranks Out His Third Novel

Bernie La Forest/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
 
Ex-ATF official Bernie La Forest is at it again.

The prolific La Forest has just knocked out his third mystery novel, “A Matter of Lex Talionis,” the story of a Lt. Andre de Avilés, who heads the Detroit Police Department’s Intel Squad.

Described as a forty-somethin’, ‘balls-to-the-wall” detective known for fighting organized crimes, the lieutenant gets tied up in a probe involving a bombing in Detroit’s Mexican Town that appears to be an act of terrorism.

He joins up with ATF and eventually some retired associates.

La Forest headed up ATF offices in Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Phoenix, and was a former Detroit cop. He retired from ATF in 1998.

I asked La Forest a few questions about his writing.

Here’s how he responded:

What kind of discipline does it take to write three books? Do you write everyday at a certain time?

I do not prepare an outline or chapter guide. However, I do spend a few months rolling potential plots around in my head. The first day that I begin writing is the most difficult. But, once I type the first paragraph . . . it’s off to the races. As you probably know, my novels are based loosely on a series format. I do not have one single hero or heroine, but rather, I lean on what I always believed. Most large law enforcement agencies . . . federal state or local . . . have many characters working on complex investigations. There may be one or two “case writers” or “lead detective or special agent,” but many more are involved in the day-to-day operation. For example, these are just a few tasks that might break the case wide open: Forensics, intelligence gathering, informants, surveillance, undercover, investigators on multi-agency task forces, timing of arrests or raids, etc. So in the end, on many investigations there are usually many heroes or heroines. Which in the end, allows an author using my style and POV . . . to spread the credit around instead of picking one standout.

The bottom line, while working in two DPD precincts and being an original member of the expanded TMU . . . followed by my thirteen moves around the country with ATF, I have come in contact with hundreds of cops, deputies, troopers, and specialized investigators. Stories are not a problem . . . the well is deep and the water is constantly refreshed by memories of partners, friends and associates who toiled on The Job.

How long did it take you to write this one?

I get up around 6 a.m. every day and take the mountain bike into the desert behind our place. After four or five miles on the dirt trails on the backside of the McDowell Mountains, sometimes more, I clean up, watch the news, check out Stratfor.com, WSJ, AZCentral.com for local news, and the Detroit News and the Freep for hometown “stuff.” Then I station my self next to a twenty-four cup coffee urn with a free flowing spigot . . . around Ten o’clock. Then I begin—after opening pages in Wikipedia, Google Maps and others that will provide definitions or descriptive material . . . and, most importantly Dictionary/Thesaurus.com. I began writing A Matter of Lex Talionis on October 6th of last year. I finished in May of 2012. Review and editing took us . . . my two editors and me, another three months . . . including the galley which contains errors caused by the printing setup at the publisher.

Here’s a hint, almost every street, highway, business address, and location mentioned, e.g., surveillance routes . . . is viewed by me on Google street image program . . . in every country where the trucks have uploaded images. I usually wrap up a session around 4:00 p.m., although, sometimes I will continue until dark. There are occasions where I may spend two or three hours working an one or two pages . . . or, start moving sections back toward the beginning or further into the story. That can be a dangerous proposition if I’m not careful . . . lots of copies of what is, what was, what might be, and what looks best.

Does  it get easier or harder?

It gets easier with every book, and hopefully, a much improved product.

To find out more about the book click here. 

Millenium Films Buys Rights to Ex-FBI Agent Paul Lindsay’s Book

Paul Lindsay/simon & schuster photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Good news for ex-Detroit FBI agent Paul Lindsay.

Millenium Films has acquired the rights to “The Bricklayer”, his best-selling novel penned under the pseudonym Noah Boyd, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The publication reports that Scottish actor Gerard Butler will star in the film as a rogue former agent who’s services are needed to battle a criminal group that’s been demanding multi-million dollar ransom payments.

The Hollywood reporter said Hanna Weg (Enigma) is adapting the novel for the screen. Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson are producing, with Erik Lindsay and Weg serving as executive producers.

Gerard Butler in "The Bounty Hunter"

Lindsay’s book was published by William Morrow in January of last year.

Lindsay published his first book in 1992 while he was still working as an agent in downtown Detroit. In all, he’s cranked out seven books.

EX-FBI Agent Who Was Always in the Thick of It Pens First Novel

Herman Groman

Herman Groman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — While I was a reporter at the Detroit News covering the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, FBI agent Herman Groman left his mark.

When the FBI ran a massive sting that netted a number of crooked local judges, Herman Groman was in thick of all of that.

A few years later, when the FBI conducted an undercover sting and got a bunch of crooked cops to provide protection for fake cocaine shipments, Groman was in the middle of all of that as well. Not only were cops convicted, but so was the common-law brother-in-law of then Mayor Coleman A. Young, who helped recruit some of the cops.

groman bookGroman eventually went off to the Las Vegas FBI office, where he went undercover, posing as a mobster.  In other words, if there was danger and excitement, Groman was often involved.

Now Groman, who has since retired from the FBI and is the director of security for a Las Vegas hotel/casino,  has taken all that knowledge and excitement and penned his first novel, a suspense thriller called “Pigeon Spring” that stars a fictitious lead character Matt Steel,  who happens to be an ex-FBI agent who is director of security at a Las Vegas hotel.

I should mention, for full disclosure, that I wrote one of the reviews on the book jacket before the book came out. So did entertainer Wayne Newton, ex-FBI agent Joe Pistone (aka Donny Brasco)  and NBC’s Chris Hansen.

Newton,  Mr. Las Vegas, wrote:  “Danke Schoen to Groman. His novel “Pigeon Spring” really captures the crazy hustle of Las Vegas and the wild pristine beauty of Nevada’s other side…the Sierra Nevada. He knows his way around a horse too. I enjoyed it cover to cover.”

The book goes on sale on  Tuesday.