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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; UK open market ed edition (7 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747568561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747568568
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Ferguson is one of three experts in the BBC TV series SPY, commenting on the novice spies’ progress as they learn the oldest tricks of the espionage trade

About the Author

Harry Ferguson worked with Customs and Excise for eight years and is now a full-time writer.


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Format: Paperback
Definitely recommended. Harry Ferguson details his life from university,recruitment into MI6,family problems and his joining the investigators of Customs and Excise. No holds barred account,I loved it.Page 26 has the structure of the Investigation Division. His account of the work is totally convincing,he details the highs (no pun intended) and the lows,.He's not afraid to talk about the times things go wrong on operations or surveillance against drug smugglers .Not just operations but also the problems when a case comes to court and some of the strokes pulled by defence lawyers. Don't think this is totally depressing ,there are times when I laughed out loud at some of the incidents. RECOMMENDED
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By A Customer on 10 Jun. 2003
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An unusual mix of autobiography, interesting facts and action, blended with humour. The writing has an honest feel to it making it very real and believable. It is consistently well written and flows well, setting itself up for the sequel which I look forward to reading.
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By A Customer on 4 July 2003
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An extremely enjoyable book. The action sequences are well-paced, the dialogue witty and very realistic - it's easy to imagine that these are people you know in real life. Harry Ferguson comes across as a intelligent and likable narrator in a story which, it surprised me, has not been told before.
Definitely a good one to buy this year.
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What a great read. I had to take this book to work to finish it off in one go. Its as if you are sitting in the car with Harry Ferguson while he tells you the story at a breakneck speed. He takes you with him on his very steep learning curve and you find yourself trying to take in as much information as he must have done. You begin to feel his frustration at leads that fizzle out into nothing and a judicial system that thwarts his efforts to gain a prosecution at every step of the way. I can hardly wait for the next instalment. Brilliant
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This is a great book... It's written by an Ex-customs and excise officer, Harry Ferguson... (he was one of the men who presented the TV show SPY.) He is now a full time writer but was in the Cannabis Division of Customs during the 80's, where he used to set-up and tackle people importing large amount of cannabis from abroad. He explains the different ways people have tried to smuggle it in. He also tells the story of how he became to be in customs and excise and what it is like to work there, how it is run and some of the missions he undertook and the problems he encountered. It is another one of my all time great books I have read and I can't wait to read his next one called ' Lima 3'. Keep em up Harry!
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By Guy on 13 Jan. 2005
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Harry Ferguson tells a really good story about the dark world of HM Customs Investigations Team.
The story starts with Harry at MI6 & his recruitment into that Organisation. After changes in his circumstances he moves to Customs.Very much the new boy he maintains a low profile using many of his skills from MI6 & soon he becomes a member of the Kilos Investigation Team.
Multiple plots and raids take place on drugs smugglers and the story moves with a pace that makes it very difficult to put down...
Needless to say I cannot wait for Lima 3 and I have pre ordered it
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By lifeclearout VINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2010
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This is the prequel to Lima 3 and in my opinion, it's a better read. The story of how Ferguson moved from MI6 to Customs is interesting and there's more story and character than you get in Lima 3. Recommend...
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I have read this book three or four times and bought it twice. I have just finished it, once again, having read it in two days. Fantastic insider account of the hunt for big-time drug smugglers. Car chases, big characters, tense and prolonged action scenes. Interesting insight into the drugs world, investigative techniques and the criminal justice system. Great job. There is a sequel to this book, which I have also read. The only pity is that Harry Ferguson has not written more.
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