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No Angel



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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 Mongolsthese 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 bikersthe most in-depth since Hunter Thompson's seminal workone 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 freedomand, yes, brotherhoodof the only truly American form of organized crime. From the Hardcover edition.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Bikers, Cops, and Motorcycle Clubs Involved in Operations Riverside and Black Biscuitp. ix
Note to the Readerp. xv
The End
Birdcallsp. 3
The Beginning
My sucking chest woundp. 9
"You're looking at the loves of my life is what you're looking at"p. 17
Hoedown at Harrah'sp. 28
Black Biscuit BBQp. 39
Rudy wanted to know where I did my timep. 44
The Middle
Too broke for Sturgis, where Jimmy learned the fine art of fetching sauerkrautp. 51
Jesus Hates a Pussyp. 62
First night in Mesap. 66
I wanna what?p. 74
Why'd Jack give me that rock?p. 82
Teaching Teacherp. 87
Feeding Smitty his cakep. 91
"Fuck your guns!"p. 98
Good-bye, Carlosp. 110
We want youp. 115
Gimme a B! Gimme an I! Gimme an R! Gimme a D!p. 123
Five years in the desertp. 134
Arresting Rudy Kramerp. 143
Hello, JJp. 152
Pep talkp. 158
"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"p. 162
InhaleàExhaleàInhaleàExhaleàp. 171
Jingle bells, Batman smells, etcp. 174
The Solo temporariesp. 185
Will you be mine?p. 195
"9-1-1! 9-1-1! Get out of the house!"p. 202
The Iron Skilletp. 209
"Look, lady, it's not like I don' give a fuck what you're saying, but I don't give a fuck what you're saying."p. 215
Hoover's hitp. 224
No more Solosp. 231
Big Lou and Gayland Hammack run some gamep. 238
"Get me that brown mustard, not that yellow shit"p. 248
The End, Again
Hydroxycut highwayp. 259
Bottom rockers are usp. 267
Call to armsp. 278
àp. 290
Hate and moneyp. 291
The bustp. 304
Epiloguep. 309
Where Are They Wow?p. 315
Author's Notep. 319
Glossaryp. 321
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
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