After 10 years of working as an undercover agent for the Baton Rogue Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Charlie Spillers describes his harrowing experiences of crime fighting and narrow escapes in his new novel, “Confessions of an Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls, and the Toll of a Double Life.”
Spillers never thought he would one day work as an undercover agent until the Baton Rogue police captain presented the idea to him.
“Of course I jumped at the chance, not knowing what it would entail or how long it would last,” said Spillers.
“That visit began as an exciting and dangerous 10 year undercover journey.”
In “Confessions of an Undercover Agent,” Spillers describes what his life was like playing different roles and adopting multiple identities for his job.
He worked on a wide variety of criminals including drug traffickers, Dixie Mafia auto theft rings, burglars and safecrackers, Mafia-linked and Mexican drug smuggling operations, and corruption.
“Although it was wasn’t planned that way, the underlying theme of the book is the dedication, courage, and sacrifices of our law enforcement officers and their families.”
Working as an undercover agent affected him and his family immensely.
In chapter one of his book “Not a Normal Life,” Spillers goes into great detail about the struggles he and his family faced while working undercover.
“When I left to go to work, I never knew when I would be back, it might be 12 hours or 24 hours later, or even days. When I was home I was constantly on the phone with criminals and informants, writing reports, sealing evidence and transcribing recordings,” said Spillers.
During his years of working as an agent, Spillers recounted the amount of stress he had that weakened his immune system and how it had long-term effects on his health.
Spillers developed ulcers, caught every bug that came along, and suffered repeated bouts of bronchitis and pneumonia.
“For years my daily world was filled with criminals, and a minor slip-up or discovery of my real identity could lead to disaster.”
Spillers, sharing snippets of his book from many different tense situations he was in said, “When I wrote about my undercover experiences, I discovered there were more tight spots and close calls than I realized at the time.”
He shared vivid images of a safecracker pressing a cocked gun in his side and fighting a months-long battle against police corruption in Baton Rouge and dealing with the Dixie Mafia auto theft rings in northwest Mississippi.
Spillers dealt with drug smugglers over a period of months during which time they seized airplanes loaded with drugs delivering 3,000 pounds of marijuana to him in Houston, Texas.
During a Luncheon with Books program in Cleveland, Mississippi, Spillers will tell two or three dramatic stories from “Confessions” and answer questions after, and before and after the talk, he will sign and personally inscribe books.
Spillers said, “I thoroughly enjoy book talks and signings because I get to see old friends, meet people, and make new friends. Each event I’ve done has a special feel about it, and bookstore owners and people who come have commented about it.”
Years after working with the BRPD and the MBN as an agent, District Supervisor and Regional Commander, Spillers went to law school and became a federal prosecutor in Oxford, Mississippi.
He began working on drug trafficking organizations, white-collar crime, major health fraud and corruption.
Spillers worked for the Department of Justice where he volunteered and served three tours in Iraq.
He was the DOJ attorney advisor to the Iraqi High Tribunal, the court that tried Saddam Hussein, “Chemical Ali,” and other high-level regime members.
Spillers said, “In my last tour in Iraq, I served as the DOJ Justice Attaché for Iraq, worked closely with the State Department, Defense Department, Iraqi government and other countries, and led a joint project to disrupt al Qaeda financing in Iraq.”
The FBI director, the Deputy Attorney General, the British Ambassador and Britain’s Minister of State for the Armed Forces, recognized Spillers work related to Iraq.
After retiring as a federal prosecutor of 23 years, he wrote “Confessions as an Undercover Agent,” and has been busy on his book tours, which has taken him to more than 70 events in three states.
“Confessions of an Undercover Agent” was released in late March 2016, and soon after its release, Amazon recognized it as the number one new release nationwide in the category of Law Enforcement Biographies and Memoirs.
Spillers just finished writing his second novel titled “Whirlwind: An Agent Frank Marsh Novel,” and international thriller with hopes of having it published soon, and he is currently working on its sequel, “Flashpoint: An Agent Frank Marsh Novel.”
“I think readers come away with a greater understanding and respect for our law enforcement community. People in law enforcement and their families especially like the book because it tells their story,” said Spillers.