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GHOST: An Evening with Retired FBI Special Agent Michael R. McGowan

michael r. mcgowan

Retired FBI Special Agent, Michael R. McGowan, and New York Times bestselling author and playwright, Ralph Pezzullo, teamed up to co-author GHOST – My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent, a fascinating memoir recapping McGowan's 30+ years with the FBI. Over the course of his career, McGowan worked more than 50 undercover cases, an unusually large number in FBI circles. He spent the majority of those years working undercover against some of the most dangerous, sophisticated, and notorious criminal organizations and individuals in the world. In 1994, he was falsely accused and ultimately acquitted of stealing drugs from an evidence vault and selling them on the street.

McGowan takes readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts, to the Russian and Italian mobs, to biker gangs and contract killers, to corrupt unions and SWAT work. McGowan infiltrated groups at home and abroad, assembled teams to create the myths he lived, concocted fake businesses, coordinated the busts, and helped carry out the arrests. Along the way, we meet his partners and colleagues at the FBI, who pulled together for everything from bank jobs to the Boston Marathon bombing case, mafia dons, and, perhaps most significantly, El Chapo himself and his Sinaloa Cartel.

Released nationally on October 2, 2018, GHOST was ranked a #1 New Release on Amazon under Law Enforcement Biographies, and the book’s film rights have been optioned to Sylvester Stallone’s new production company, Balboa Productions, for development as a feature film.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase, courtesy of the Andover Bookstore.