Ebury Press has acquired Good Cop, Bad War - a true crime memoir by an ex-undercover police officer.
UK & Commonwealth rights for the book by Neil Woods, who spent 14 years infiltrating drug gangs throughout the UK, were pre-empted by Ebury Press.
TV rights for the title have been acquired by Headline Pictures.
Drawing from his experience in the field, Good Cop, Bad War charts Woods' journey from dedicated law enforcer to anti-prohibition advocate, detailing his growing disillusionment with the “War on Drugs” which demonises those who need help while empowering “the very worst elements in society”. He is now a board member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), a pro-legalisation advocacy group formed exclusively of ex-law enforcement officials.
Foley said: “I’m really pleased that Good Cop, Bad War has found a home at Ebury. It’s such a fresh perspective on the war on drugs from someone who regularly risked their life on the streets having to deal with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain. Neil’s story is unique and his book will be at once a narrative-driven true crime read and a fascinating story of a character under pressure.”
TV rights have been sold to Headline Pictures, producers of Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle for Amazon and the forthcoming adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, titled Peter & Wendy, for ITV.
Headline producer Stewart Mackinnon said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to produce a drama series based on Neil's book. It's a unique story about a man who has a striking ability to infiltrate and extinguish drug gangs but despite his success comes to believe that the drug trade must be legalised if we want to win the war on drugs."
He added: "We are certain the story will appeal to an international audience who have enjoyed shows like The Wire and Breaking Bad.”