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No Angel by Jay Dobyns
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Jun 24, 2010

really liked it
Read in June, 2010

This book proves a point I've long held true that there is is a fine line between cops and their adversaries including the Hell's Angels in this case. Dobyn's is an ATF agent who essentiall fell in love with being a patching wearing member of the Angels much the way that Donnie Brasco did with the mafiosos he ran with in the 70's & 80's. The cops get to play being bad guys with the understanding that they're seerving the greater good but it's all just about having fun of a sort. That the Angels fell for this guy shows they're nothing but a bunch of egotistical thugs and Dobyn's sucked right up to their egos (to their disadvantage). I wonder where they are now - we know he (Dobyn's must be in the Witness Protection program somewhere or other). Somehow the Angels of old (Mouldy Marvin, Chester et al) that I became fascinated iwth as a kid seem to have been cut from a different anarchic cloth than the current generation of drugged out ruffians of the 21st Century portrayed in this book. Long and flawed though it is it offers a look into the dark side of human behavior that most of us can only wonder about.

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