Damian Marrett was just 19 years of age when he joined the Victoria Police in 1987 as a somewhat reluctant recruit. Four years down the track, he was handpicked to work in a covert capacity for the Drug Squad. A further six years working undercover, and Marrett had played a major role in up to 50 operations.
The young detective was responsible for some of the biggest drug busts in Australian law enforcement history. His infiltration of the previously impenetrable Griffith Mafia, codenamed Operation Afghan, is still regarded as Australia's most complex covert sting operation. Operation Afghan endured for an exhausting nine months. Throughout that time, Marrett was compelled to stay in character as knockabout drug dealer Ben Gleeson for long periods of time.
Not only did Marrett and his colleagues have the bad guys under surveillance, the bad guys were returning the favour in kind – amongst other things, listening devices planted by the Mafia were detected in Marrett's Griffith motel room.
After months of subterfuge, Afghan concluded in a tense stand–off in country NSW. Ten Mafia gangsters were arrested on 36 separate drugs and firearms charges. The trial followed, and eight were sentenced to 41 years of combined jail time.
Damian Marrett's penetrating yet darkly comic insights into undercover work reveal a style of policing that is often shrouded in secrecy. Told with grim humour and astonishing candour, Undercover is Marrett's own remarkable story.
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Covert operative 003 Damian Marrett is back with more crime–fighting yarns in White Lies. This time he pits himself against speed–dealing neo–Nazis, interstate dealers who put a price on his head, and a drug–trafficking Olympian, plus he encounters a crim who pricks his conscience ...
Damian Marrett was just 19 years of age when he joined the Victoria Police in 1987 as a somewhat reluctant recruit. Four years down the track, he
was handpicked to work in a covert capacity for the
Drug Squad. A further six years working undercover, and Marrett had played a major role in close to
White Lies picks up where Undercover left off. After Marrett helped crack the legendary secretive Griffith Mafia, he moved on to a series of drug busts, from small–time deals to large–scale trafficking – operations that required him to take on numerous identities, often at the same time. His undercover path brings him face to face with smooth operators and street scum – and that was just in the police force.
Damian Marrett's penetrating yet darkly comic insights into undercover work reveal a style of policing that is often shrouded in secrecy. Told with grim humour and astonishing candour, White Lies is often hilarious, at times chilling, and always riveting.
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At the age of 23, Damian Marrett was recruited to work as an undercover operative for the Victorian police force. For over six years, he brushed shoulders and knocked heads with the lowest of Australia’s low.
After Undercover and White Lies, Marrett returns with a third volume in the successful series. In Wired, the undercover cop befriends and betrays a volatile cocaine dealer, out-cons a conman with an extortion plan, and has his cover blown after tangling with a well-connected Melbourne underworld identity.
On a rarefied stage where one careless word can cost a life, Marrett comes out the other end with his humour and dignity intact. And only a little bit wired…
Praise for White Lies and Undercover:
‘The author is a natural storyteller, expertly conveying the hardcore grind of undercover work, the cold clunk of dread as a deal turns feral, and the will that controls nuclear-strength panic… The tension in some scenes is unbearable’ Herald Sun
‘Marrett tells his stories with the same good humour that got under the gangsters’ radars’ Weekend Australian
'A compact fix of suspense, subterfuge and an intriguing lowdown on Australia’s Mafia scumbags’ - Sun Herald
'A tale of mullets, big mobile phones, shiny suits and flannelette shirts — Marrett tells his stories with the same good humour that got under the gangsters' radars' - Weekend Australian
‘True-crime writing that is grimly educational’ – Sunday Age
'An often humorous, sometimes frightening inside story of the world of the undercover operative' - Qantas Magazine