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Under and alone : the true story of the undercover agent who infiltrated America
William Queen
Adult Nonfiction HV6489.C2 Q44 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This harrowing, turbocharged account of undercover life is reminiscent of Joseph D. Pistone's Donnie Brasco. After military service in Vietnam, Queen began his law enforcement career, eventually spending 20 years as an ATF special agent. In 1998, through contact with a "confidential informant," he began to hang with the Mongol Nation, a violent Southern California motorcycle club ("a tight-knit collective of crazies, unpredictable and unrepentant badasses") with 20 chapters in several states and 350 members both in and out of prison. Assuming the role of bearded biker "Billy St. John," Queen entered into a 28-month undercover operation. To gather evidence of homicide, weapons and narcotics violations, he sometimes wore a wire, knowing that its discovery could lead to his murder. Indeed, he was suspected at first of being a cop and forced to prove himself in more than a few dangerous situations. But after months of hazing, he became a trusted member. Queen steers clear of melodrama and captures both sides of his double life; the sadistic characters and criminal camaraderie are contrasted with his own inner turmoil, as he thought of the Mongols as his friends while the investigation escalated. The strength and white-hot intensity of the writing make this read like a movie, and Hollywood is certain to take note. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW. (On sale Apr. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

While undercover police officers may have backup relatively close at hand, their fate lies in their ability to alter their personalities and sense of right and wrong to match those of the criminals they are attempting to bring to justice. Queen was a Vietnam veteran who had worked undercover as an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms operative, but his previous experiences were no match for his assignment to infiltrate the vicious Mongols motorcycle gang, a California-based gang involved in drugs, stolen motorcycles, weapons traffic, and murder. Queen, a motorcycle enthusiast, used his training and courage to attain high rank in the Mongols and, after a long and difficult period, see most of them arrested. The author admits that at times he felt strong emotional ties with many of these extremely violent men, and the reader gets caught up in the self-doubt that seems endemic to undercover work. The rough language, constant drinking, and violence may put off some readers but are a natural part of this story. Suitable for comprehensive criminal justice collections in academic libraries and for public libraries.-John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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