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The Thinner Blue Line: The Life And Times Of A Dedicated Customs Officer


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Author: Barry M. Risk
A former Canada customs officer shares his adventures in The Thinner Blue Line: The Life and Times of a Dedicated Customs Officer.

Barry Risk was a customs officer for many years, working his way up through the hierarchy from working in the field to working security and intelligence. He served in air operations, postal customs, pornography, smuggling, organized crime operations, counterterrorism, security, and guns.

When he was working in the field, Risk had many odd and amusing experiences with travellers. One woman tried to smuggle a baby in a gym bag. Someone else had cocaine dissolved in a bottle of rum. Or a mother with a baby in a carriage has filled the baby’s diaper full of hash.

He describes the political and social interaction that a Custom Officer must deal with on a day to day basis, and it goes on and on. Risk has a great many of these fascinating vignettes—along with the endless variety of frustrations caused by the policymakers in Ottawa.

Paperback: 435 pages

Price: $31.50 (GST Included)