'We are the people our parents warned us about' is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world's most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs. For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. He arranged the security of their clubhouses and electronic surveillance and counter surveillance. He 'cooked' ecstasy and meth for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling was planned. He saw stolen military weapons, including deadly rocket launchers, being sold. He witnessed vicious beatings, helped dump corpses. He saw men executed in front of him. It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the Federal Police and told them all he knew about the Bandidos. He had intimate knowledge of every facet of the Bandidos' business in Australia and many aspects of their activities in North America. He literally knew where the bodies were buried. This shocking, unflinching, tragic story is Steve Utah's confession. He knows he is a dead man running - that inevitably the Bandido code will be honoured and he will be silenced. But not before Utah gets his chance to wake readers to the looming threat in their midst - the relentless rise of sophisticated organised crime networks inside outlaw motorcycle gangs and the apparent inability of the police and legal system to deal with it.
After 9 years as a detective in Australia (during a very murky time), a few years doing criminal defence and poking around the intrigues of the corporate world, followed by nearly twenty years as an investigative journalist, it was pretty much inevitable that my books would be on crime. 'The Dodger' and 'Killing Mr Rent-A-Kill', both published by Pan Macmillan have quite a bit of autobiographical content from the wild days of Sydney policing in the 70's and 80's. My only break from crime is 'Mission 101' - a story my uncle told me decades ago of his mission into Italian occupied Ethiopia in 1940-41. What I found while researching in the UK was their mission was the first outing of the famous Special Operations Executive - brave men in an exotic location at an incredible time.
I'm currently working on another outlaw biker book (to be published by Pan), and it will join 'Dead Man Running' (back on the bestseller list again - 3rd time since 2008) and 'Above the Law' (both written with Ross Coulthart) on the shelves in mid 2013!