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Horseplay

My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip

by Norm Boucher

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list price: $21.95
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category: True Crime
published: Nov 2020
ISBN:9781988732985
publisher: NeWest Press
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Shortlisted for the Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book at the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence!
In his first true crime memoir, undercover operator Norm Boucher recounts eight months spent infiltrating Vancouver's heroin scene, a world of paranoia, ripoffs, and violence. It is 1983 and the War on Drugs is intensifying. From his barroom observer's seat, Boucher candidly reveals the lives of heroin addicts who spend each day looking for their next hit. Their dangerous subculture, centred around three gritty hotels on the Granville Strip, becomes Boucher's domain as he attempts both to gain acceptance in a world far removed from his own and to keep himself safe.

With Horseplay, decorated RCMP officer Norm Boucher takes readers back to the assignment that shaped his outlook on the role of criminal law enforcement and the human side of addiction as it collides with the ruthlessness of the drug business.

About the Author

Norm Boucher left Montreal at the age of nineteen to begin a long and rewarding career as an RCMP officer mostly dedicated to drugs and organized crime. An active member of the RCMP undercover program for over ten years, his assignments included drug trafficking, money laundering, and homicide. He eventually represented the RCMP as a member of the Canadian delegation to several Regular Sessions of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Commission of the Organization of American States, held in Washington D.C. and Mexico City, where he helped develop a community policing program aimed at drug harm reduction. His varied career included postings on the national anti-terrorist Special Emergency Response Team, as Marine drug enforcement coordinator on Canada’s West Coast, and as liaison officer in Madrid, Spain, and Santo-Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In 1983, Staff-Sergeant Boucher spent eight months infiltrating the heart of Vancouver’s heroin scene. This experience became the subject of his memoir Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip, which he wrote over a period of several years, while continuing to fulfill his RCMP responsibilities in Canada and abroad. In 2012, Norm Boucher retired from the RCMP as a Staff-Sergeant, dedicating his time to writing and his work as a consultant.

Norm Boucher studied literature at the University of Waterloo. He is the recipient of the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery, the Carnegie Medal, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is the proud father of four children and now lives in Manotick, Ontario with his wife Sally and their dog Cooper.

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Awards
  • Short-listed, Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book at the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence
Editorial Review

Praise for Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip:
"True crime buffs will find much to admire in this eye-opening personal narrative."
~ Publishers Weekly
"Boucher offers a gripping, novelistic account of his eight months as an undercover drug agent for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1983, starting with his insertion into the Granville Street drug scene.... His vivid, present-tense narration immerses readers into a gritty world of addiction and crime."
~ Harry Charles, Library Journal
"Boucher's account does not represent vainglory, but that of nitty gritty life in the underworld, a world that few care much about and fewer yet will visit. He has done himself and the RCMP proud."
~Peter M. German, Deputy Commissioner (ret'd.), Royal Canadian Mounted Police
"Horseplay ... leaves us shuddering at the life [Boucher] exposes."
~ Ron Verzuh, The Ormsby Review
"Norm pulls no punches when he writes, but I don't want to give away too many spoilers from the book. Because of that, I humbly suggest that if you have any interest in True Crime, in Addiction, or in the real operations of Canada's undercover officers that you pick up a copy of this fascinating memoir. This should be required reading for all up and coming law enforcement personnel and for anyone working with people who have addictions."
~ Amie's Book Reviews blog

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