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Befriend and Betray

Infiltrating the Hells Angels, Bandidos and Other Criminal Brotherhoods

by Alex Caine

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list price: $21.00
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published: Jan 2009
ISBN:9780307355959
imprint: Vintage Canada
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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.

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.

Contributor Notes

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.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction

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