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The Secret Life of Bikers

Inside the Hidden World of Organized Crime

by (author) Jerry Langton

Initial publish date
May 2019
Organized Crime, General, Criminology
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    Publish Date
    May 2018
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    Publish Date
    May 2018
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    Publish Date
    May 2019
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From the bestselling co-author of The Hard Way Out and for fans of Sons of Anarchy comes a new book that reveals the cold, dark, dirty secrets of the biker underworld

Hells Angels, Bandidos, Outlaws, Vagos. What would you do if a biker sat beside you in a bar? How about if a group of leather-and-denim–clad tough guys established a clubhouse in your neighbourhood? Television and movies glamorize bikers as freedom fighters, men who do things their own way, brothers-in-arms who party all the time and ride Harleys to escape everyday life, while news reports paint them as criminals responsible for drug trafficking, brutal assaults and murder. That paradox, each side true in its own way, is what makes outlaw motorcycle gangs so very fascinating. What really goes on behind those heavily secured steel clubhouse doors?

In The Secret Life of Bikers, bestselling true-crime author Jerry Langton tells the stories of the men who live the biker life as they have never been told before. Langton has interviewed many bikers over the past decade, and he shares their tales, often in their own words, in these pages. He has also interviewed members of law enforcement to hear the biker story from the other side of the ledger. This book offers rare insights into the everyday workings of motorcycle clubs: the hierarchies, the initiation rituals, the brawls, the bodies and the brotherhood of blood.


About the author

JERRY LANGTON is a journalist and the author of several books, including the national bestsellers Fallen Angel: The Unlikely Rise of Walter Stadnick in the Canadian Hells Angels; Showdown: How the Outlaws, Hells Angels and Cops Fought for Control of the Streets and Gangland: The Rise of the Mexican Cartels from El Paso to Vancouver. Over the past two decades, Langton’s work has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and Maclean’s and dozens of other publications.

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Editorial Reviews

“A full-throttle read.”

<em>Winnipeg Free Press</em>

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