By Jay Dobyns
The following, from Jay Dobyns, the 1st federal agent to infiltrate the interior circle of the outlaw Hells Angels bike membership, is the interior tale of the twenty-one-month operation that just about price him his relatives, his sanity, and his life.
Getting shot within the chest as a rookie agent, bartering for computer weapons, throttling down the road at a hundred mph, and responding to a full-scale, bloody insurrection among the Hells Angels and their competitors, the Mongols–these are only the various high-adrenaline studies Dobyns recounts during this action-packed, hard-to-imagine-but-true story.
Dobyns leaves no stone of his harrowing trip unturned. At runs and clubhouses, among rides and riots, Dobyns befriends bad-ass bikers, meth-fueled “old ladies,” gun fetishists, psycho-killer ex-cons, or even a number of the “Filthy Few”–the elite of the Hells Angels who’ve devoted severe violence on behalf in their membership. ultimately, at events staged at the back of seriously armed defense, he meets mythical membership individuals corresponding to Chuck Zito, Johnny Angel, and the godfather of all bikers, Ralph “Sonny” Barger. To mixture in with them, he will get full-arm ink; to win their admire, he vows to end up himself a stone-cold killer.
Hardest of all is prime a double lifestyles, which has him torn among his devotion to his spouse and kids, and his pledge to turn into the 1st federal agent ever to be “fully patched” into the Angels’ near-impregnable ranks. His act is so convincing that he comes inside of a hairsbreadth of wasting himself. ultimately, he realizes that simply as he’s been infiltrating the Hells Angels, they’ ve been infiltrating him. And simply as they’re now not all undesirable, he’s now not all good.
Reminiscent of Donnie Brasco’s uncovering of the genuine Mafia, this is often an eye-opening portrait of the area of bikers–the such a lot in-depth given that Hunter Thompson’s seminal work–one that totally describes the seductive trap legal camaraderie has for males who may rather be powerless outsiders. here's the entire nihilism, hate, and intimidation, but in addition the freedom–and, convinced, brotherhood–of the single actually American kind of geared up crime.
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