Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 1.75 in
Published: January 1, 2035
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307888487
ISBN - 13: 9780307888488
From the Publisher
Here, from Jay Dobyns, the first federal agent to infiltrate the
inner circle of the outlaw Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, is the
inside story of the twenty-one-month operation that almost cost him
his family, his sanity, and his life.
Getting shot in the chest as a rookie agent, bartering for machine
guns, throttling down the highway at 100 mph, and responding to a
full-scale, bloody riot between the Hells Angels and their rivals,
the Mongols-these are just a few of the high-adrenaline experiences
Dobyns recounts in this action-packed, hard-to-imagine-but-true
Dobyns leaves no stone of his harrowing journey unturned. At runs
and clubhouses, between rides and riots, Dobyns befriends bad-ass
bikers, meth-fueled "old ladies," gun fetishists, psycho-killer
ex-cons, and even some of the "Filthy Few"-the elite of the Hells
Angels who've committed extreme violence on behalf of their club.
Eventually, at parties staged behind heavily armed security, he
meets legendary club members such as Chuck Zito, Johnny Angel, and
the godfather of all bikers, Ralph "Sonny" Barger. To blend in with
them, he gets full-arm ink; to win their respect, he vows to prove
himself a stone-cold killer.
Hardest of all is leading a double life, which has him torn between
his devotion to his wife and children, and his pledge to become the
first federal agent ever to be "fully patched" into the Angels'
near-impregnable ranks. His act is so convincing that he comes
within a hairsbreadth of losing himself. Eventually, he realizes
that just as he's been infiltrating the Hells Angels, they've been
infiltrating him. And just as they're not all bad, he's not all
Reminiscent of Donnie Brasco's uncovering of the true Mafia, this
is an eye-opening portrait of the world of bikers-the most in-depth
since Hunter Thompson's seminal work-one that fully describes the
seductive lure criminal camaraderie has for men who would otherwise
be powerless outsiders. Here is all the nihilism, hate, and
intimidation, but also the freedom-and, yes, brotherhood-of the
only truly American form of organized crime.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
JAY DOBYNS is a highly decorated agent who's worked for the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for more than twenty years.
For his work on Operation Black Biscuit, he was awarded the ATF
Distinguished Service Medal and also a prestigious Top Cops award
from the National Association of Police Officers. Find him online
NILS JOHNSON-SHELTON, unlike Jay Dobyns, has never been a cop and
can't even ride a motorcycle. This is his first book.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Compulsively page-turning. The true story of Jay Dobyns, all-American dad and undercover cop running and gunning with the most dangerous outlaws in the USA. A high-velocity trip into a frightening American underworld told in rapid-fire, hard-boiled prose." —Evan Wright, author of the national bestseller Generation Kill “ No Angel pushes narrative nonfiction to new limits…If you wondered whether the bravura writing of Truman Capote and Hunter S. Thompson has a legacy, look no further. Dobyns leads us into the wacky, white world of the Hell''s Angels, and with empathy and precision forces us to admit that bikers are all-too human.” —Sudhir Venkatesh, author of Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets “Jay Dobyns is a hero. Out of a sense of duty, he closed his eyes and made a journey into Hell. For two years he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, but thankfully, he lived to tell this riveting story. Highly recommended!” —William “Billy” Queen, Special Agent ATF, Ret. and New York Times bestselling author of Under and Alone “A wild ride to the dark side. Jay Dobyns roars through the gritty underworld of organized crime that you never see in TV cop shows or read in the newspaper. He reveals the true, violent face of outlaw bikers — but also the tortured souls of the undercover cops who dare to infiltrate them.