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Deep Cover

By: Shay Doyle,Scott Hesketh
Narrated by: Christopher Coghill
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Shortlisted for the Book of the Year and Audiobook of the Year at the 2023 True Crime Awards.


Street kid turned undercover cop.

'This time he wasn't getting up. Neither were the two young women he'd just murdered. The two unarmed young police officers he cut down in a hail of 32 bullets and the fragments of a grenade, ending their promising lives so savagely, so senselessly. I felt empty. Cold. How had it come to this?'

Shay grew up on a tough Manchester council estate where drugs and gangs were rife. A life of crime would have been an easy path to take. So it went against everything that was expected of him when he joined the police.

It wouldn't be long before Shay's prodigious talent caught the attention of the top. Then came the call that changed his life: an offer to join the secret Level 1 undercover unit known as Omega. And it was easy to see why they wanted him; he wouldn't have to stray too far from what he already knew. He had all the attributes of a professional criminal - the athletic physique of a cage fighter, the talk, the walk. Streetwise and fearless, he'd be a match for the most hardened villain. He was given a new identity, his DNA and fingerprints were removed from the national database, and so began the life of Mikey O'Brien.

In a distinguished covert career spanning 17 years, former solider Shay infiltrated Moss Side gangs, was part of a hand-picked team hunting Dale Cregan and was brought in to break up a gang war wall of silence after the murder of Salford 'Mr Big' Paul Massey. But there would be a heavy price to pay for a life in the shadows, where any mistake could have lethal consequences...

©2022 Shay Doyle (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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A phenomenal story of the life of a Level 1 undercover police officer with the courage to step into the lion's den every day, not knowing if it would be his last. (James Deegan)

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great book

the best thing about the book wasn't just the actual story, the narrator makes the story because he sounds like he's from the council estate the author is from. quite a crazy life had and treated so poorly because of it. coming from a council estate and understanding the game is literally why he was so good at what he did

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Fantastic gripping listen

One of the best audio books I have listened to.

Highly recommended, wish I could get my hands on similar listens.

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Excellent listen

Really enjoyed this. Kept the interest up all the way through and didn’t want it to end

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Brilliantly read

A great background into undercover police work and try his guy went through some horrendous and frightening experience’s which inevitably effected his mental health but I couldn’t bare the amount of times he told us how amazing he was and how 90% of the time it was all down to him that things were accomplished and nothing was ever his fault.
He definitely was a very brave guy but he never forgot to tell you just how brave he was.
Don’t put your hands in the flames if you don’t want to get burnt

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brilliant 👏

I have listened to this book on numerous occasions, I wish it was longer! The authenticity and the story telling of the narrator for me was absolutely first class. I know of the narrator's ability has an actor and have always enjoyed his work. Brilliant...hope there's more to come!

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Brilliant !!!!

Couldn’t stop listening. So brave and open about mental health. Good luck in everything you do 🙏

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Whoah, what an amazing unconventional chap

This was a great true story of an undercover police officer.

Shay could have easily been on the other side of the line, but chose to work for what is right.

He a bit different from the norm, but it is that part of his demeanor that makes him blend into the under cover world.

The police force treated him outrageously for someone who gave so much and risked his life on so many occasions, just using his quick wit and unconventional personality,

Thank you for story and thank you for commitment to our safety.

Brilliant book, buy it now.

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Unsung hero

A story that rings true, told in an uncompromising way, which shines a light on Britain and the difficult job our emergency services do and the toll it can take on those inside the uniform.

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Phenomenal.

Incredible story. Awe inspiring. Couldn't stop listening. 10/10. You won't be disappointed I promise.

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Brilliant

What an extraordinary life to have had to live, adrenaline fuelled but that ultimately caught up with him taking over his life in the most frightening way!

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