Smokescreen: One Man Against the Underworld

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Raincoast Books, 2004 - True Crime - 364 pages
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Cal Broeker-tall, handsome, larger-than-life-was a man to reckon with in his hometown in upstate New York. He was a successful businessman with a wife and two kids. It all went wrong when he discovered his business partners in Montreal were linked to organized crime.To regain his good name, Cal became an undercover agent for the RCMP, working his way into the confidence of criminals large and small. Soon his handlers realized they were handling one of the best undercover agents they had ever encountered. A virtuoso. Neither a cop nor an informer, Cal was unique. He could go undercover into the heart of biker gangs, drug cartels, Mohawk smuggling operations and the Russian Mafia. Smokescreen is Cal's amazing real-life story as told by two of Canada's best writers."A rare and gripping behind-the-scenes glimpse of several undercover operations ... the reader is given a bone-chilling portrait of the players and their illegal enterprises ... Smokescreen reads like a thriller. It is both riveting and entertaining. And Cal Broeker's life is the stuff of Hollywood movies." -Victor Malarek in the Globe and Mail

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SMOKESCREEN: One Man Against the Underground

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Fascinating account of an American recruited as an undercover agent by—of all things—the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to expose and bring down an international crime complex.Globe-roaming writer ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Paul William Roberts is the author of Journey of the Magi: In Search of the Birth of Jesus; The Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein; and Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India. He lives in Toronto where he writes for Harper's and the Globe and Mail. Norman Snider is a screenwriter whose credits include the screenplay for David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.

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