Billed as a true-crime version of The Sopranos, the story of Russell’s violent life as an undercover cop cum trusted associate of the Genovese crime clan in Newark, N.J., has more plot twists than the acclaimed TV series. In fact, Russell predates Tony Soprano and company by a longshot—he was the subject of an HBO documentary that aired in the late ’80s, and his is a thrill-a-minute tale. Within the first 20 pages, Russell’s taken a bullet to the head, fended off a would-be corpse robber, and stumbled out of an alley to find help. Soon after, he returns to the tough work of weaseling his way back into the arms of the Mafia. Written in a street-savvy style reminiscent of Elmore Leonard and Mario Puzo, the nail-biting narrative moves from one crisis to another as Mikey Ga-Ga—his nom de guerre—infiltrates a profitable crew while rubbing shoulders with capos and bosses, all under intense mob scrutiny. Russell’s bravery and professionalism—along with some crucial surveillance—eventually led to the busts of more than 50 “wiseguys” and public officials. This tell-all page-turner is all the better for being true. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/2013
Mike Russell, professional speaker, is a 25 year veteran N.J. police officer. He is internationally recognized from his HBO documentary "Undercover Cop", and a made for television movie for British Central Television, which aired in 1991. The HBO documentary aired in the United States from 1988 to 1991. This documentary was filmed live, an actual undercover police investigation, no re-enactments, no actors.
Mike Russell is a professional speaker on the subject of undercover police operations and the different types of aspects.
- How to target criminal organizations and determine their weak points, which will give you the starting point for your investigation.
- How to initiate, conduct and bring to fruition undercover investigations.
- Mike will talk about how to infiltrate various crime organizations.
All different types of aspects and procedures of how to work the entire case consists of confidence, evidence gathering, working wires, street operations, eyes in the back of your head, self defense tactics, since for the most part you will not be carrying a firearm and survival on the street.
- The capacity to adapt and improvise to sudden changes in your undercover operation.
- The ability to participate in the investigation in an undercover format without having to commit any crimes.
Mike will take you inside the day to day operations of cops and wiseguys on a daily basis. Critics have stated that his lectures are riveting, nothing but street talk, no cosmetic embellishment; he will leave you in awe. His speeches are very moving and motivational. During his time in his undercover career Mike was shot in the head, leaving him unable to taste or smell for the rest of his life. He fully recovered and went on to handle numerous large scale investigations.