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Befriend and Betray

Infiltrating the Hells Angels, Bandidos and Other Criminal Brotherhoods

by Alex Caine

Befriend and Betray by Alex Caine
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2009
    304 pages
    Genre: Biographies/Memoirs

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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 from Quebec 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 demeanour, Caine could fit into whatever unsavoury 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.

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"His resourcefulness is uncanny, as is his sheer will to survive as he matches wits with a group of Russian mobsters and lawmen on the take." - Publishers Weekly.

"A refreshingly open and clearheaded account of the dirty side of law enforcement." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Alex Caine now acts as an adviser on biker investigations, and speaks frequently at police conferences. He is a certified fifth-degree black belt martial artist, recognized by the World Kickboxing Association. Befriend and Betray is his first book.

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