Infiltration : The True Story Of The Man Who Cracked The Mafi
For two years police detective Colin McLaren disappeared off the face of the earth, eventually surfacing in Griffith as a dodgy art dealer with a pretty girlfriend, and talking his way into the Mafia. For days, weeks, then months and years, Colin eats with them, sits in their homes and cuddles their kids, all the while climbing the N'Dranghetta, finally befriending the Griffith godfather, Antonio Romeo. This is the world of listening devices, wire taps and of trying to stay sane while doing deals to buy pure cocaine and tonnes of cannabis. Meanwhile, the Mafiosi know they have a snitch and are leaving no stone unturned in their search for the traitor. Infiltration tells the story of two of the bloodiest decades in organised crime, when the police ethos was to shoot first and ask questions later.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 152 x 230 x 24mm | 458.13g
- 01 Apr 2010
- Melbourne University Press
- Carlton, Australia
"Memoir and true crime readers will applaud the amalgamation of these two genres in this interesting, detailed narrative." --"Australian Bookseller & Publisher" "Chilling and fascinating. . . . It's a riveting read." --"Herald Sun" "The real beauty of this book lies in combining the tense excitement of the criminal world with the head-banging frustration of working within the confines of the police force." --"Sunday Herald Sun" (February 2011) "It's a blisteringly intense book that often reads more like a fictional crime thriller than the real life recollections of the Victorian detective who orchestrated the biggest sting in Australian history." --Terry Oberg, "Courier Mail" (February 2011)
About Colin McLaren
Colin McLaren was one of Australia's most experienced taskforce detectives and investigated the Walsh Street murders, the Mr Cruel kidnappings, and the NCA bombing and murder. After his encounter with the Mafia, Colin lectured at the Detective Training School. He has resigned from the police force and divides his time between Italy and Australia.