Life of an Undercover Mountie

Life of an Undercover Mountie

Posted on November 16 by Don Easton in Mystery
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What would you do if your family was targeted for murder by the head of a criminal empire? Most people would call the police – but what if you are the police and it is up to you alone to protect them? What steps would you be willing to take?

Hello, my name is Don Easton and I worked as an undercover Mountie over a span of twenty years, including seven years in an Intelligence Unit targeting organized crime. I lived in a world of lies, deception, treachery, extreme violence and have survived multiple contracts on my life. Some of my work involved working in foreign countries, such as Mexico.

I was being hunted by murderers when I first met my wife. At that time she thought it was exciting and no doubt figured I was an interesting character. That changed after we were married and had children. Children I taught to lie as soon as they could talk about what their real names were and what our cover story was. I still remember the fear on my wife’s face and her locking the doors and hugging our children when it was discovered yet another contract had been placed on my life.

Going to bed at night with a loaded gun within reach became a normal routine. A routine that included teaching my children to call out to me at night if they used the washroom so that I wouldn’t go into attack mode. I describe that as normal because that became our life – but it wasn’t normal. When the last contract came out on my life and two hit-men came dangerously close to where I lived, my wife was no longer scared. She was angry. She jabbed her finger in my chest and said, “I’m fed up with this bullshit! You deal with this and you deal with it now!” Who could blame her? And yes, I dealt with it. I also knew it was time to retire before my luck ran out, both on a professional level and a personal level. 

Upon retiring I found it cathartic to write and developed a series based on an undercover Mountie called Jack Taggart. Since the release of my first novel in the series entitled Loose Ends in 2005, the Jack Taggart Mystery series has continued to grow. My eleventh novel entitled Subverting Justice was released by Dundurn in November 2017.

Much of what I write is based on personal experience. Subverting Justice is no exception and involves the personal issues that arise when Jack’s family is threatened – and what he does to “deal” with the problem. It is not only a fast-paced and exciting read, but a novel that should cause you to question your own moral values.

For those who may be interested in learning more about my series, please check out my website at: www.jacktaggart.wordpress.com.

Don Easton

Posted by KathrynB on December 6, 2014
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Don Easton

Don Easton worked as an undercover Mountie for twenty years, including seven years in an RCMP Intelligence Unit. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.