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Into the Dark: 30 Years in the Ruc Paperback – 1 May 2006
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About the Author
Johnston Brown was born in Holywood, County Down in 1950. He joined the RUC in 1972 and served as a police officer for almost thirty years. He resigned in April 2001, after a bomb attack on his family home. He has a daughter and two sons, and now lives in Co Antrim with his wife Rebecca.
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There is a very small element of his life in uniform which in my view should/could be expanded to cover these days! However even in the early days he seems to run in to real problems with Special Branch!! In essence the Special Branch seemed to run the entire RUC and they seemed to want to support Loyalist terrorists as a military support to the RUC/British Govt/Loyalist community! Jonty wanted to arrest and prosecute any and all criminals - including those protected by the Special Branch!!
The entire tale is shocking!!
You WILL enjoy the book!! It will however frighten you to death!! The left wing love to moan about a corrupt Police force but when you genuinely see one in action (or elements of corruption) you will feel your self panic!!
Jonty Brown seemed to do his best and got some great results!! He prosecuted people you will have heard of!! Serious players!!! He gives great detail - more than I would expect!! For those not familiar with Police books/work he could have done with explaining Source work a little more but that's my only gripe!!
If you want a Police book! If you want to shake in your boots!! This is the one for you!!!
They would be wrong. I was there and Brown's account of his dealings with a tiny percentage of rogue officers in what I consider to have been the bravest police force in the world, is an accurate one. Brown had amassed a tremendous reputation as an investigative police officer in his dealings with the terrorist gangs of Ulster, one that was entirely justified.
In writing this astonishing account of almost 30 years' service with a premier police force, the narrative does sometimes get a little disjointed, where some episodes are taken out of context and too little is written about different subjects; for example, I should have liked to have read more of his dealings with Johnny `Mad Dog' Adair. But that, promises Brown, will be the subject of a future book. I hope it is.
This is a gripping account of an exceptional police officer; and a very brave one.
It'll shake your faith in justice and the policing system, but at least it's reassuring to know there are people like the author trying to do what's right. Scary looking man though - judging by the photos, I don't think I'd try to break the law when he's around!
The only thing that stops this getting five stars is the brief mentions of major subjects that are not further discussed, for example he mentions that he brought down Johnny Adair but there is nothing further on the background to this or how he did it. I accept this is probably for legal reasons but that doesn't make it any less frustrating. He states that it will be a subject for another book but it does make it a slightly unsatisfactory read - it almost would have been better not to mention it rather than leave the reader feeling that they haven't got the full story.
Overall though, a well written, interesting and worrying book.
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