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.
Baker & Taylor
A chilling account by an ATF agent describes his undercover assignment to infiltrate the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, detailing the challenges of working his way up the biker gang's hierarchy and maintaining their hard-won trust, the difficulties of leading a double life, and the operation that nearly cost him everything. 60,000 first printing.
An ATF agent describes his undercover assignment to infiltrate the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, detailing the challenges of working his way up the biker gang's hierarchy and maintaining their hard-won trust.
The first federal agent to infiltrate the inner circle of the Hells Angels, Dobyns finally tells the inside story of the 21-month operation that almost cost him his family, his sanity, and his life.
my harrowing undercover journey to the inner circle of the Hells Angels
My sucking chest wound
You're looking at the loves of my life is what you're looking at
Hoedown at Harrah's
Black biscuit bbq
Rudy wanted to know where I did my time
Too broke for Sturgis, where Timmy learned the fine art of fetching sauerkraut
Jesus hates a pussy
First night in Mesa
I wanna what?
Why'd Jack give me that rock?
Feeding Smitty his cake
Fuck your guns!
We want you
Gimme a B! gimme an I! gimme an R! gimme a D!
Five years in the desert
Arresting Rudy Kramer
Motherfucker, if I ever see you in this town again I will fucking bury you in the desert where no one will ever fucking find you
Jingle bells, Batman smells, etc.
The solo temporaries
Will you be mine?
9-1-1! 9-1-1! get out of the house!
The iron skillet
Look lady, it's not like I don't give a fuck what you're saying, but I don't give a fuck what you're saying
No more solos
Big Lou and Gayland Hammack run some game
Get me that brown mustard, not that yellow shit
Bottom rockers are us
Call to arms
Title to come
Hate and money
Epilogue : where are they now?
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