Being Uncle Charlie

Being Uncle Charlie

A Life Undercover With Killers, Kingpins, Bikers and Druglords

Book - 2013
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Being Uncle Charlie is the intense, intimate and graphic story of one Canadian undercover cop who spent two decades infiltrating organized crime. From Russian and Italian mafias to notorious biker gangs, Bob Deasy gained access to and the acceptance of criminals who most cops in any country would never encounter or arrest, let alone befriend.

Bob Deasy had an illustrious twenty-three year career with the Ontario Provincial Police. Using little more than his quick wits, natural confidence and a deft mental equilibrium that allowed him to stay three chess moves ahead of his quarry, Deasy was the secret weapon behind some of the signature crime busts in Canadian history. Infiltrating the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the Russian and Italian mobs, he also single-handedly set up international import-export businesses, faked contract hit jobs and executed one of the largest drug buys in OPP history. He also perfected the now controversial "Mr. Big" technique of posing as a crime kingpin to solicit unwitting confessions from suspects in long-dormant cold murder cases--a tactic he defends as he practised it, and with which he enjoyed a 100% success rate.

Being Uncle Charlie is a nail-biting ride--sometimes comic, always entertaining--that reads like a one-man history of modern crime, told through the ground-level, insider's perspective of a cop who was able to blend in with the unsavoury, the desperate and the diabolical.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2013.
ISBN: 9780345812827
Branch Call Number: 363.2092 Deasy
Characteristics: 276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ebner, Mark


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Feb 27, 2020

I enjoyed the fact that it was about local crime, but was hoping the stories would be a little more exciting and more detailed.

Oct 07, 2015

Great book about undercover life. Deasy gives candid observations and reflections with his experience in a world I can't even imagine. Enjoyed this book.

Feb 17, 2014

daring, deliberate, addictive and cunning mind of an U.C. that puts the OPP as top dogs in the world of underground crime. Bob is a pompous fool at times...but never leaves his true post of being a good guy.


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Feb 27, 2020

the dude was edgier than a cat with a sparkler in his ass

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