No Angel by Jay Dobyns
My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels

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Here, from Jay Dobyns, the first federal agent to infiltrate the inner circle of the outlaw Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, is the inside story of the twenty-one-month operation that almost cost him his family, his sanity, and his life.

Getting shot in the chest as a rookie agent, bartering for machine guns, throttling down the highway at 100 mph, and responding to a full-scale, bloody riot between the Hells Angels and their rivals, the Mongols–these are just a few of the high-adrenaline experiences Dobyns recounts in this action-packed, hard-to-imagine-but-true story.

Dobyns leaves no stone of his harrowing journey unturned. At runs and clubhouses, between rides and riots, Dobyns befriends bad-ass bikers, meth-fueled “old ladies,” gun fetishists, psycho-killer ex-cons, and even some of the “Filthy Few”–the elite of the Hells Angels who’ve committed extreme violence on behalf of their club. Eventually, at parties staged behind heavily armed security, he meets legendary club members such as Chuck Zito, Johnny Angel, and the godfather of all bikers, Ralph “Sonny” Barger. To blend in with them, he gets full-arm ink; to win their respect, he vows to prove himself a stone-cold killer.

Hardest of all is leading a double life, which has him torn between his devotion to his wife and children, and his pledge to become the first federal agent ever to be “fully patched” into the Angels’ near-impregnable ranks. His act is so convincing that he comes within a hairsbreadth of losing himself. Eventually, he realizes that just as he’s been infiltrating the Hells Angels, they’ve been infiltrating him. And just as they’re not all bad, he’s not all good.

Reminiscent of Donnie Brasco’s uncovering of the true Mafia, this is an eye-opening portrait of the world of bikers–the most in-depth since Hunter Thompson’s seminal work–one that fully describes the seductive lure criminal camaraderie has for men who would otherwise be powerless outsiders. Here is all the nihilism, hate, and intimidation, but also the freedom–and, yes, brotherhood–of the only truly American form of organized crime.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Jay Dobyns

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JAY DOBYNS is a highly decorated agent who's worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for more than twenty years. For his work on Operation Black Biscuit, he was awarded the ATF Distinguished Service Medal and also a prestigious Top Cops award from the National Association of Police Officers. Find him online at NILS JOHNSON-SHELTON, unlike Jay Dobyns, has never been a cop and can't even ride a motorcycle. This is his first book.From the Hardcover edition.
Published February 6, 2009 by Broadway Books. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Crime. Non-fiction

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Book Geeks

If you say “Hells Angels” to me, my first response is likely to be “right turn, Clyde” – the hapless Black Widows motorcycle crew, modelled on the Hells Angels and other Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMGs), were my first taste of outlaw bikers in popular culture, but they hardly inspired fear.

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Shelf Awareness

Rose extolling the virtues of the e-book with much dismay on several levels (bypassing a fave indy because it was too cold and out of the way) but was immediately struck by the conflict of release dates.

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The book’s over-the-top moments can be off-putting, but if readers feel set up, they can only be feeling a bit of how the Arizona Hells Angels must have felt after discovering the true nature of Dobyns and his crew.

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The Army Rumour Service

What follows is a harrowing account of what it takes to be a long term undercover operator who enters the underworld of one of the world's most infamous Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, The Hells Angels, Dobyns does not hold back as his undercover role takes over his life, and almost destroys his health ...

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