Don Easton worked as an undercover Mountie for twenty years, including seven years in an RCMP Intelligence Unit. These experiences bring a unique, edgy realism to his writing. Subverting Justice is Easton's eleventh Jack Taggart Mystery in a series that includes Loose Ends, Above Ground, Corporate Asset, The Benefactor, and Art and Murder. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Undercover operative Jack Taggart is hurled into a world where morality, justice, and the legal system are pitted against one another.
Taggart investigates the murder of someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Wiretap information identifies a shadowy gang member known only as “Cocktail” as being responsible. Taggart and his partner go undercover to join one of a coalition of gangs who are at war in British Columbia. Their mission is to identify Cocktail and gain evidence to convict him of murder. Taggart soon finds himself knee-deep in drive-by shootings, meth labs, retaliatory murders, and date rapes. An offer of a truce brings Taggart, along with gang bosses, to a remote location to discuss a peace agreement. But Cocktail has been a step ahead of them the whole time.
Easton, himself a former RCMP undercover operative, makes very clear the danger and determination of such cops, and the power and ruthlessness of their opponents.
Easton's writing is rather addictive; there are moments where you can see the action as clear as if it were happening right in front of your eyes.
Easton, an ex-Mountie, knows his police work. This new novel, which takes the RCMP's Taggart undercover to ferret out a murderous killer, is one of the best of this good series.
Brusque, no-nonsense dialogue bristles with close-to-the-line action that feels authentic and fuels the juices. …Bring on number six in what is one of the best hard-nosed series in Canada.