Befriend and Betray by Alex Caine
Infiltrating the Hells Angels, Bandidos and Other Criminal Brotherhoods

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The Hells Angels. The Bandidos. Asian triads. Russian mobsters and corrupt cops. Even the KKK. Just part of a day’s work for Alex Caine, an undercover agent who has seen it all.
            Alex Caine started life as a working-class boy who always thought he’d end up in a blue-collar job. But after a tour in Vietnam and a stretch in prison on marijuana-possession charges, he fell into the cloak-and-dagger world of a contracted agent or “kite”: infiltrating criminal groups that cops across North America and around the globe were unable to penetrate themselves.
            Thanks to his quick-wittedness and his tough but unthreatening demeanor, Caine could fit into whatever unsavory situation he found himself. Over twenty-five years, his assignments ran the gamut from bad-ass bikers to triad toughs. When a job was over, he’d slip away to a new part of the continent or world, where he would assume a new identity and then go back to work on another group of bad guys.
            Told with page-turning immediacy, Befriend and Betray gives a candid look behind the scenes at some familiar police operations and blows the lid off others that law enforcement would much prefer to keep hidden. And it offers an unvarnished account of the toll such a life takes, one that often left Caine to wonder who he really was, behind those decades of assumed identities. Or whether justice was ever truly served.


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ALEX CAINE's memoir, Befriend and Betray, was a #1 national bestseller in Canada. He is also the author of The Fat Mexican: The Bloody Rise of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. Both books were finalists for the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction and have been published in several countries and languages. He now acts as an adviser on biker investigations, and speaks frequently at police conferences.
Published February 17, 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Infiltrator-for-hire Caine writes with disarming candor about going undercover everywhere from Newfoundland to Hong Kong.

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