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The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  174 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Bob Hamer is a 26-year veteran of the FBI. In undercover operations Hamer posed as everything from a drug dealer to an aging pedophile. His last undercover assignment-and his hardest-was infiltrating NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Now, looking back on a career rich in the kind of action that makes for great cinema, Bob tells us of the challenges he en ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Center Street (first published August 21st 2008)
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Jan 14, 2009 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but not particularly well-written. Hamer's story interweaves his major undercover investigations through a longer account of his infiltration of NAMBLA, which is quite chilling.
Sep 29, 2008 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Imagine life as an undercover agent for the F.B.I. Is it a lot like what we see on Television and the movies, or is it the mundane life to which we are just oblivious? Bob Hammer, a 26 year veteran of deep cover work sheds some light on that life in his new book, The Last Undercover which is a page turning real-life thriller.

Bob Hammer has written a fast paced insider’s look to undercover investigations. He focuses on his experiences working with some of the most vile elements of our society. Hi
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Bob Hamer tells about the tough life of an undercover FBI agent in his book THE LAST UNDERCOVER. Hamer has disguised himself as a drug dealer, an experienced horse gambler, a hit man, a crippled pedophile, and many other disguises.

The novel follows Hamer's tough case of cracking NAMBLA (North-American Man/Boy Love Association). In order to be integrated into the group, he became a member of NAMBLA. He went to two conventions in New York and Miami. He also p
Sep 08, 2008 Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Hamer vividly describes the job of an undercover agent. He takes the reader through a host of assignments, illustrating the preparations, the dangers, the disappointments and the triumphs of the job. By the final pages, the reader feels as though he/she has personally experienced undercover work and dealt with the personalities on both sides of the law.

There are some elements that bothered me, however. The description of Hamer's efforts to reveal criminal behavior within an organization of adult
Sep 16, 2008 Cassy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cassy by: NPR
This recount of the dangers and adventures faced by an FBI undercover agent kept me turning the pages. I am amazed by all of the despicable, dishonest people in this world and truly thankful for heros like Bob Hamer.
Eddie Snipes
Apr 23, 2010 Eddie Snipes rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Worth the read, but not the best written book.
Jocelynne Broderick
Jul 09, 2009 Jocelynne Broderick rated it it was amazing
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Ryan Jackson
May 16, 2012 Ryan Jackson rated it it was amazing
I found this book highly enjoyable. Considering the subject matter, I was concerned that I would be disturbed by the mental images I might conjur up. Thankfully, the author spares the readers any details of the terrible crimes against children that are discussed. I finished this book in two days and I enjoyed every minute that I spent with it. The main story is great, as are the numerous looks into the author's previous cases as an agent. 5 stars.
Mar 17, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
I saw Mr. Hamer give a presentation before reading this book. He gave a great presentation, and in sparked the interest in reading his book. The book was good, I really enjoyed reading it and enjoyed the undercover aspect of the story. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, don't pass it up!
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Terry Spear
Aug 21, 2010 Terry Spear rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book because it was based on a true accounting of an agent's experiences, yet I enjoyed the author's humor. :)
Apr 29, 2010 Linda added it
I am glad someone is after those guys, but it doesn't make that interesting a read.
Sara Haug
Jan 25, 2011 Sara Haug rated it really liked it
Jumps around quite a bit, but over all, a good book.
Coleen Montgomery
Sep 02, 2008 Coleen Montgomery marked it as to-read
This was written by a the husband of a woman I know, so I'm looking forward to checking it out!
Jun 11, 2008 Bryan marked it as to-read
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Jul 07, 2012 J rated it it was amazing
Interesting memoir of a retired 26yr-undercover FBI agent. This guy has some strong personality traits and opinions as I’m sure anyone in his profession would (as a coping mechanism, if nothing else). He doesn’t seem to be glorifying himself, but rather telling a long tale which focuses on his last undercover assignment - infiltrating NAMBLA. The story feels long in certain parts, but Hamer wisely includes ‘flash backs’ to other moments in his undercover career throughout the book to keep things ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was ok
The inherently interesting subject matter of this book (undercover FBI investigations) is somehow made pretty boring, primarily because of the structure of the book, which goes all over the place. The extensive flashbacks to earlier investigations in Bob Hamer's career are probably meant to enhance the literary quality of the memoir, but I just found them confusing. The subject matter is quite icky as well, as for Hamer's last undercover assignment he pretended to be a pedophile member of NAMBLA ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Bob Hamer who was an FBI agent for 26 years. He was a street agent and many of those years he spent in various undercover roles. He went undercover as a pedophile,drug dealer, contract killer, street gang member, he was in the Los Angeles Mafia family, he posed as a burglar, gambler, weapons dealer and a white collar criminal. He saw the the worst mankind in the world and he witnessed unimaginable horrors of blood, body parts and violence. He was also in constant danger. But ...more
Sam B
Feb 21, 2016 Sam B rated it liked it
Thankfully there are those like Bob Hamer out there, protecting the general population from the lowest forms of people. Man this was a dark book. I couldn't be an undercover agent, no way I could keep my composure like he did. If you're looking for a James Bond action story, this is not it. No wild car chases, explosions, or rooftop fights. Still a fascinating look at the life of an undercover agent - I especially enjoyed the part where he discussed the difficulty of maintaining your facade and ...more
Daniel  Dubay
Dec 30, 2015 Daniel Dubay rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, I would have never picked this up if I knew that the main story was about NAMBLA. That said, I am very glad I did. Hamer tells a great story that had me on the edge of my seat like a good movie does. I usually speed through books but the content slowed me down so the book took me a week to get through, as there is only so much about boy lovers that I could handle in one sitting. The book is a very easy read though.
Mar 18, 2016 Robin rated it it was ok
The subject was interesting & the author did great work, but I didn't like the way it was organized (flipping between stories, which the author stated was not his idea). I also felt it really dragged at the end, though it would be hard to decide which facts to part with to shorten it.
Sep 18, 2012 Traci rated it really liked it
Wow. I love little peeks into the lives of people I would otherwise never see. Some of this content is disturbing, but as a parent I found it valuable. On a normal day my mind can not wrap itself around the fact that groups like the NMBLA even exist.
Toesnorth's mom
Dec 06, 2012 Toesnorth's mom added it
Shelves: mom-s
interesting, but scary
Apr 18, 2016 Ariana rated it liked it
Very interesting book. Bob Hamer delves into the darker side of what it's like to be an undercover FBI agent.
Sep 24, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
Disturbing but so interesting. Guy infiltrates NAMBLA--pedophiles. Parents should read just to help protect their kids from these guys.
Stuart Tares
Mar 03, 2013 Stuart Tares rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
An interesting book on the levels which an undercover US cop has to go to.
Jun 21, 2013 Lloyd rated it liked it
Shelves: c-dropped
I think he would have been better served to stick to one story line. To much back and forth.
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