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Rat: A Cop's Secret Weapon

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Informants exist in a netherworld that very few people dare venture into. They reach out to the police from the darkness, shedding light on the worst of criminals. Their anonymity is the key to their success and survival. RAT follows one cop's career as he uses his arsenal of informants as secret weapons in his fight against crime.
Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by Booklocker.com
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[Original review, Dec 17 2018]

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[Update, Jan 25 2019]

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Sue
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Rat: A Cop's Secret Weapon by Edmond Gagnon is part of his Black and White series. Ed, a retired police officer for over 30 years, decided
to share some of his police stories. He wrote and published "Rat - A Cop's Secret Weapon" and "Bloody Friday" both books are part of his Black & White series."Torch" is next in the series and will be released soon.

In this story we follow the life of Constable Norm Strom, right from the beginning of his police service, as a rookie "walking the beat", to g
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Nadine
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book follows Norm Strom's life as a police officer, from his rookie years until he retires. It focuses mostly on when he was on the drug squad and getting a lot of help from "Rats" (informants) to catch the bad guys.

Very good book, it's based on the author's Personal experiences of being a cop so it was very interesting to know how it all works, how some people can get charges dropped and avoid jail time by helping the cops catch other bad guys,there were also some funny parts w
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Tasha Hart
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting look at the reality of working with informants or rats from the perspective of a police officer. It was an entertaining and informative read.

I enjoyed reading this as it was something of personal interest to me. If you are intrigued by police work or the workings of criminals this is a good place to start!
Marissa
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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RAT is about police informants that they rely on to take down the higher ups. They are people who are willing to sell out not to spend time in prison and their addiction to drugs.

The author a previous police officer uses his knowledge to tell us tales of a group of RATS. Set in the world of a police officer career of a Norm Storm a normal guy who grew up supporting his family and ended up on police force.

Norm struggles on the force among his p
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Mari-Tricia
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Although I found the story interesting, there were too many exclamation marks throughout this book and I found it distracting. It could have been edited a lot better than it was (ex…using "by" instead of "buy"). Working at WPS I enjoyed Gagnon's viewpoint and colourful stories. Times have definitely changed from when he started his career.
Pamela
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this was an interesting read. Its a different view of a book that I usually read, but I enjoyed it. it shows you what a cop can go through with informants and stuff. sure was interesting. I liked it :) will look for more of his books :)
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I don't think calling informants 'rats' is the best way to go about this topic. Sorry. Pass.
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Ed is a retired Police Detective, having worked for the Windsor Police Service for over 31 years. Upon retiring he traveled the world compiling a fun collection of travel stories, then self-published his first book, "A Casual Traveler."

With a new passion for writing Ed created his Norm Strom Crime Fiction Series with with Rat, Bloody Friday, Torch, Finding Hope and Border City Chronicl
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“In policing, some uniforms and cars are black and white, but on the street, in the real world, nothing is black and white” 3 likes
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