The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico's Deadly Crime Cartels

by Hipolito Acosta
with Lisa Pulitzer

Atria Books | December 31, 2030 | Trade Paperback

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In this gritty exposÉ, a firsthand look inside U.S. undercover operations targeting the immigrant smuggling, counterfeiting, and drug rings of Mexico's dangerous mafia.

For three decades, U.S. government agent Hipolito Acosta's undercover work against Mexico's mafia routinely made national headlines, and he quickly gained a reputation as a daring crime fighter who sent bad guys to prison, using his intelligence and audacity to stay one step ahead of those who would kill him if his cover was ever blown. Using multiple disguises and aliases, Acosta participated in scores of dangerous clandestine operations: He was locked into the back of a U-Haul truck along with a group of hopeful immigrants-half of them children-and smuggled from Mexico to Chicago without food, water, or basic hygiene; he infiltrated a gang of international counterfeiters; was mistakenly thrown into a Mexican jail where authorities purposely revealed his identity to his criminal cellmates; and was the target of multiple murder plots.

Raised in a Texas migrant worker family near the Mexican border, Acosta empathizes with the men and women who sought freedom, sanctuary, and a better life for their families in the United States. This is the first book to take readers directly onto the frontlines, via someone who is so intimately familiar with these worlds, to expose the criminal workings of illegal immigration as well as the human plight that drives it.

The Shadow Catcher reads like the best crime novels, as Acosta takes readers on a backseat ride through the unknown world of Mexico's organized crime families and goes behind the headlines to reveal the human dramas that, for him, were all in a day's work.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: December 31, 2030

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451632886

ISBN - 13: 9781451632880

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The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico's Deadly Crime Cartels

The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico's Deadly Crime Cartels

by Hipolito Acosta
with Lisa Pulitzer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: December 31, 2030

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451632886

ISBN - 13: 9781451632880

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CHAPTER ONE Playing Pollo from Ciudad Juarez to Chicago T HE CHILL OF the river cut through my body like a jolt of electricity. The night was black and starless, and the water was creeping up to my neck. I felt like I was suffocating, the coldness of the water and air were sucking the breath out of me. My fear turned to panic as the current threatened to pull me under the surface. I was too far advanced into the river to turn back, and I was not close enough to the other bank to feel confident. Our slimy smuggling guide was moving effortlessly through the swift waters of the Rio Grande, but he did not bother to offer us encouragement. He had made this crossing many times. This was his livelihood. Behind us, closer to Ciudad Juarez, I spotted what seemed to be a separate group of mostly women and children. The younger ones were being carried on the shoulders of their elders. Everyone who made it this far was exhausted from days of traveling from Central America and other parts of Mexico to reach the Rio Grande. They were risking the lives of everyone in their families in the unforgiving currents. As many as four or five hundred people drown each year trying to cross the Rio Grande where it forms the border between Mexico and the United States, but many of the deaths are not officially reported or recorded. I was thinking of my young wife and sons in Chicago waiting for me to come home from this assignment, just as the immigrants behind me must have been thinking about family t
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In this gritty exposÉ, a firsthand look inside U.S. undercover operations targeting the immigrant smuggling, counterfeiting, and drug rings of Mexico's dangerous mafia.

For three decades, U.S. government agent Hipolito Acosta's undercover work against Mexico's mafia routinely made national headlines, and he quickly gained a reputation as a daring crime fighter who sent bad guys to prison, using his intelligence and audacity to stay one step ahead of those who would kill him if his cover was ever blown. Using multiple disguises and aliases, Acosta participated in scores of dangerous clandestine operations: He was locked into the back of a U-Haul truck along with a group of hopeful immigrants-half of them children-and smuggled from Mexico to Chicago without food, water, or basic hygiene; he infiltrated a gang of international counterfeiters; was mistakenly thrown into a Mexican jail where authorities purposely revealed his identity to his criminal cellmates; and was the target of multiple murder plots.

Raised in a Texas migrant worker family near the Mexican border, Acosta empathizes with the men and women who sought freedom, sanctuary, and a better life for their families in the United States. This is the first book to take readers directly onto the frontlines, via someone who is so intimately familiar with these worlds, to expose the criminal workings of illegal immigration as well as the human plight that drives it.

The Shadow Catcher reads like the best crime novels, as Acosta takes readers on a backseat ride through the unknown world of Mexico's organized crime families and goes behind the headlines to reveal the human dramas that, for him, were all in a day's work.

Editorial Reviews

"The Shadow Catcher is a heroic narrative in which you not only find yourself infiltrating the immigrant- smuggling rings side by side with Acosta, but you also operate deep undercover to capture the criminals."--Texas Monthly
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