Under And Alone : The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (Paperback)

Author: Queen, William

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In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a "confidential informant" made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance, not realizing that he was kicking-starting the most extensive undercover operation inside an outlaw motorcycle gang in the history of American law enforcement.
Nor did Queen suspect that he would penetrate the gang so successfully that he would become a fully "patched-in" member, eventually rising through their ranks to the office of treasurer, where he had unprecedented access to evidence of their criminal activity. After Queen spent twenty-eight months as "Billy St. John," the bearded, beer-swilling, Harley-riding gang-banger, the truth of his identity became blurry, even to himself.
During his initial "prospecting" phase, Queen was at the mercy of crank-fueled criminal psychopaths who sought to have him test his mettle and prove his fealty by any means necessary, from selling (and doing) drugs, to arms trafficking, stealing motorcycles, driving getaway cars, and, in one shocking instance, stitching up the face of a Mongol "ol' lady" after a particularly brutal beating at the hands of her boyfriend.
Yet despite the constant criminality of the gang, for whom planning cop killings and gang rapes were business as usual, Queen also came to see the genuine camaraderie they shared. When his lengthy undercover work totally isolated Queen from family, hisfriends, and ATF colleagues, the Mongols felt like the only family he had left. "I had no doubt these guys genuinely loved Billy St. John and would have laid down their lives for him. But they wouldn't hesitate to murder Billy Queen."
From Queen's first sleight of hand with a line of methamphetamine in front of him and a knife at his throat, to the fearsome face-off with their decades-old enemy, the Hell's Angels (a brawl that left three bikers dead), to the heartbreaking scene of a father ostracized at Parents' Night because his deranged-outlaw appearance precluded any interaction with regular citizens, "Under and Alone is a breathless, adrenaline-charged read that puts you on the street with some of the most dangerous men in America and with the law enforcement agents who risk everything to bring them in.

"From the Hardcover edition.


Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780345487520
SKU 31271819
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345487524
Release Date 3/28/2006
Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 0.75T
"This harrowing, turbocharged account of undercover life is reminiscent of Joseph D. Pistone's DONNIE BRASCO....The strength and white-hot intensity of the writing makes this read like a movie." (starred review)
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Annotation After countless hazing rituals, Billy St. John rose quickly through the ranks of the Mongols, southern California's notorious motorcycle gang. Though dangerous, criminal, and crazy, the Mongols became his best friends, guys who would without thinking sacrifice their lives for his. However, if they only knew his secret, they would have murdered him just as quickly because Billy St. John was actually William Queen, a veteran special agent for the ATF. In this wild thrill-ride memoir, Queen tells the story of his two years spent undercover, selling drugs, stealing motorcycles, and even going to war with the Hell's Angels. In the end, his testimony resulted in dozens of arrests of the people who had become Queen's only family.
Editors Note A veteran ATF agent describes his remarkably successful two-and-a-half-year stint as an undercover agent with the Mongols, a violent outlaw motorcycle gang, a time during he which he not only became a full member of the gang but also rose to the position of treasurer, documenting their violent crimes and offering profiles of individual gang members. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 The author describes his successful two-and-a-half year stint as an undercover agent with the Mongols, a violent outlaw motorcycle gang, documenting their violent crimes and offering profiles of individual gang members.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0260
Publisher Fawcett Books

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