Mike Detty’s firsthand narrative of his role in “Operation Wide Receiver” has been selected as one of the top 10 books written by Southern Arizona writers in 2013, J.C. Martin of The Arizona Daily Star announced Sunday.
The book is “Guns across the Border: How and Why the U.S. Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico,” introduced to readers of this column last April. Emmy Award and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson wrote the foreword to the book, and this correspondent wrote the introduction.
Noting a goal “to provide a place where local authors could get recognition and readers could learn about books -- not easily found -- that might be of genuine interest,” Martin admitted “it isn’t easy to whittle the 100-plus titles that have appeared in the column during 2013 to 10.”
Detty, a gun writer, a firearms dealer, and a confidential informant working with ATF, repeatedly risked his life dealing with Mexican drug cartel gun purchasers while under varying degrees of surveillance, only to find the obvious bad guys weren’t the only ones he couldn’t trust.
“I'm honored to have my book included!” Detty shared with friends and followers on his Facebook page.
That’s not all he shared.
“Well, apparently I bruised some feelings today at the gun show,” Detty wrote Saturday, sharing a photo of his book-signing table at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show. “ATF Industry Ops investigators’ complained to show management because I set up next to them. Said one of the ‘investigators’, ‘He (meaning me) wrote a very unflattering book about us.’”
In a related development, Detty shared with this correspondent an email he sent to ATF Phoenix Field Division’s Carlos Canino after he noticed an agent at the show taking his picture.
“You can spend a lot of time, effort and resources trying to discredit me and make me look like a criminal,” Detty told Canino. “The simple truth is that I am an honest man and do not lie. That is something your agency and former SAC [Special Agent in Charge William] Newell cannot claim.”
So that ATF would have updated photos of him for their files, Detty included several recent ones, presented in the slideshow accompanying this column.
Interested readers can order a copy of “Guns across the Border” from Amazon, including a Kindle and audio edition, in hardcover or as a Nook book from Barnes & Noble, from Books-A-Million, or directly from Skyhorse Publishing.
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