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Running with the Devil: The True Story of the ATF's Infiltration of the Hells Angels

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The infamous Sonny Barger once declared that the Hells Angels would never be infiltrated. Running with the Devil chronicles the story of the ATF sting and the two undercover agents who risked their lives to prove him wrong. For two years, they posed as members of a Mexican renegade motorcycle club, earning the trust and respect of the vicious Arizona Hells Angels.

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Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 24th 2008 by Lyons Press (first published June 1st 2007)
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Leah
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Running with the Devil
tells the true story of how the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) successfully infiltrated the Arizona chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, despite major doubts and several close calls.


I found this book to be extremely interesting, and I'm glad that I entered the giveaway for it, even if it did take me a while to get to it. Reading Running with the Devil has given me an even greater respect for the men and women of law enfo
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JW
Chronicles an ATF operation to infiltrate the Arizona Hells Angels. A career agent with a family and a local rookie cop spend a year and a half trying to become full fledged members. A turned criminal who agreed to join the operation had to be removed near the end because he was about to crack. A female agent joined to give the lead agent a reason to not bang all the tweaker groupies hanging around and ended up being a crucial asset by getting info from the "old ladies". Any of them could have b ...more
Ray
After risking his life over and over, breaking up his marriage, and compiling a bounty of evidence against the Hells Angels, the undercover officer had his cases weakened, diluted, and tossed. The ATF mishandled much of the prosecution. As a result the undercover officer lives under a death threat and isn't protected under witness protection program. Quite a depressing ending; makes his sacrifice seem like a total waste of time.
Jon
Aug 28, 2007 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Interested in Crime / True Stories
Very interesting read about Law Enforcement's struggle against the Hells Angels, outlaw motorcycle gang. Covers a real undercover operation inside the Hells Angels in Arizona.
If you are from Arizona, you should read this book. If you have ever seen a Hells Angels member before you should read this book to get a real look at what the Hells Angels are really about.
Kim
Good book. Laid out well and it was an easy, interesting read. What a life for both the ATF agents undercover and the actual Hell's Angels Members. As a female and a bike rider, I wouldn't even think of living like that. Can't believe how we treated the agents once they were done with 'Black Biscuit'.
Kerrie Droban
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Ben
A retelling of my brother's/ATF's operation "Black Biscuit" vs. the motorcycle gang the Hell's Angels. Kinda flowery, a romantic type of writing, but tells a pretty accurate story.
Treena C
Feb 25, 2008 Treena C rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most
Good book, u'd have to be dedicated to what u do to go undercover with people like that. Goes to show u that you really cant trust the government to protect you either. Well worth the read.
Donald
Cool book, one amazing UC op. I have buddies that know this guy, and MOST of it's a true story. ;) Fairly good work. Under and alone is a better read on the same kind of subject.
Tbone
Good story, REally intersting read on the Hells Angels and how some undercover cops infiltrated them.......has some Vegas links in the story as well.
Malcolm
Great job detailing BATF's infiltration in the Angel's Skull Valley Chapter, AZ.
Sarah
Poorly written, difficult to follow; one ends up not caring about the characters.
Laryssa
Amazing book about deep undercover agent from the ATF.
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Kerrie M. Droban is an award winning author and criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and the University of Arizona, she studied playwriting with Edward Albee and poetry with Peter Sacks, Carolyn Kizer and Joy Harjo. Her collection of poems entitled, The Language of Butchers, earned numerous awards including the Academy of Ameri ...more
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