Could it? After all, police officers are there to uphold the law, not bend it to their own devices or desires. However, the more often I read about cases like this, where an undercover officer had a relationship with a woman, whilst operating undercover using an assumed identity, the more I realise that that ain’t necessarily so.
And this is exactly the sort of background I was thinking of when I wrote Necessity’s Door, just over three years ago now. Back then, details about cases like this were only just beginning to creep out of the woodwork, but they were there if you knew where to look. I didn’t reproduce them exactly (my hero is gay, where this case involves a heterosexual relationship) but they provided suitable inspiration for all sorts of ‘what if’ scenarios involving undercover police and just how far they would/should go to maintain their cover.
Including, it seems, lying to the people they were sleeping with about the fact that they were police.
It all goes to show that however outlandish a writer’s plots, real life almost always manages to be another shade darker, and to surprise us in all sorts of ways.
If you’d like to read Necessity’s Door for yourselves and see where I took the inspiration and ran off with it to, then it’s still available as an e-book on Amazon US or UK. Happy reading, and don’t forget – however unlikely it sounds, the book is based on fact!