By Claire Booth
I recently listened to Season Two of Deep Cover, a podcast
that deconstructs the story of one undercover operative. This time it’s Bob
Cooley, a Chicago lawyer who becomes a fixer for the mob. He’s completely amoral,
until he decides he doesn’t like the way he’s being treated. So he walks into a
federal prosecutor’s office and offers to start wearing a wire.
That ultimately leads to arrests, indictments, and a serious dent in the mob’s power. The facts make for a good story, but it’s Cooley’s psychology that’s the really fascinating part of this 10-episode season. He’s full of contradictions and inconsistencies and his ability to rationalize his law-breaking is jaw-dropping. And it makes for excellent listening.
If you haven’t listened to Season One, you can find my take on it here.