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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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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
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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'.
Jon
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
SouthWestZippy
Good book. It is over all look at the ricks taken by ATF agents to penetrate the Hell Angels motorcycle gang. Kinda a dry read and a bit sugar coated for my tastes but it does give you a clear picture of the whole ordeal.
Tbone
Jun 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great job detailing BATF's infiltration in the Angel's Skull Valley Chapter, AZ.
Sarita
Dec 01, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly written, difficult to follow; one ends up not caring about the characters.
Treena C
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Laryssa
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book about deep undercover agent from the ATF.
Ben
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Donald
Jan 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motorcycles
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.
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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
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