Living under an assumed identity and risking his life were all in a
day's work for U.S. Government Agent Hipolito Acosta. He worked
regularly in high-stakes undercover operations infiltrating
Mexico's murderous immigrant smuggling rings and drug cartels.
Acosta's investigations are legendary, both inside law
enforcement and the crime cartels he helped neutralize. He had
himself smuggled from Mexico to Chicago with a truckload of poor
immigrants; worked his way into the confidences of a gang of
international counterfeiters; socialized with some of Mexico's most
vicious drug lords; arrested a female smuggler by luring her across
the U.S. border for an amorous rendezvous; and was the target of
multiple murder plots by the criminals he put in jail.
For three decades, Hipolito Acosta's work routinely made
national headlines, and he quickly gained a reputation as a daring
crime fighter who used his intelligence and audacity to stay one
step ahead of those who would kill him if his cover were ever
Acosta's stories read like chapters from a page-turning crime
novel, but The Shadow Catcher is more than a front-seat
ride through the criminal underworld along the U.S./Mexico border.
This heartbreaking exposé goes beyond sensational headlines and
medals of honor to divulge what an agent endures in order to ensure
that U.S. law is enforced and to reveal the unseen human side of