The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil

The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil

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by Bob Hamer
     
 

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Bob Hamer is a 26-year veteran of the FBI. In undercover operations Hamer posed as everything from a drug dealer to an aging pedophile. His last undercover assignment-and his hardest-was infiltrating NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Now, looking back on a career rich in the kind of action that makes for great cinema, Bob tells us of the challenges… See more details below

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Bob Hamer is a 26-year veteran of the FBI. In undercover operations Hamer posed as everything from a drug dealer to an aging pedophile. His last undercover assignment-and his hardest-was infiltrating NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Now, looking back on a career rich in the kind of action that makes for great cinema, Bob tells us of the challenges he endured and overcame as he stared the dark side of humanity in the face-and never blinked. It is rare for an agent to serve undercover long-term, but he made a career out of a job that can completely consume and destroy a man. Remarkably, through all of this Bob found a way to remain true to his faith, and always put his family before his work.

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Publishers Weekly

There have been many books concerning FBI undercover agents on perilous assignments, but this one by a veteran FBI agent goes most of them one better with his full-tilt voyages into the darkest fringes of society. After his training and recruitment into the criminal netherworld, Hamer assumed several identities-such as drug dealer and contract killer-to penetrate the closed societies of the Chinese, Russian and Iraqi mobs. However, Hamer's controlled theatrics are most compelling as he infiltrates the security-obsessed North American Man/Boy Love Association disguised as an aging pedophile, to crack the group and their extensive international network. The sneak peek into that dank society of "chicken hawks" is illuminating in its depiction of child sexual abuse. With his practiced lies and disciplined behavior, Hamer is a peerless undercover agent, although his book sometimes breaks its narrative focus and wanders into several cases at once. Still, this book possesses power and conviction without being pretentious or pious. (Sept. 12)

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Kirkus Reviews
First-person account of the author's 26 years infiltrating gangs, organized-crime syndicates and other groups of lawbreakers. Hamer entered the FBI in 1980 after attending law school and serving in the Marine Corps as a judge advocate. He volunteered for undercover work, drawing strength for this demanding job from his devoted wife and children, and from "an unwavering belief that God, for whatever reason and however undeserved, had wrapped His protective arms around me." As with every book of this ilk, it is difficult to verify the details; the author notes that the Bureau required him to submit the manuscript for pre-publication review and ordered that the names of all FBI agents be deleted. Hamer's account, however, rings truer than many other books by undercover law-enforcement agents. Bravado is almost entirely absent, and a ruminative vein runs through the case accounts. The author worked undercover to expose the criminal activities of Los Angeles-based street gangs, plus various ethnic-centered organized-crime groups, including Sicilians, Mexicans, Russians and Asians. The main narrative thread concerns his infiltration of the North American Man/Boy Love Association. The group's members, adult men who desired sexual relations with boys, usually pre-teens, apparently convinced themselves that these relationships were not merely carnal and were in violation of the law only because of narrow-minded legislators, judges and police officers. Working the case year after year sickened Hamer, but he explains that he reined in his anger by keeping in mind the importance of convicting such predators. To his credit, he portrays most of his targets as complicated human beings, rather thansimple perverts. A few lengthy rehashes of conversations with his targets seem superfluous, but in general Hamer keeps the narrative interesting. Especially educational is his depiction of the lengths to which undercover agents must go to gather admissible evidence for an indictment and a trial. Above-average entry in the My Life Undercover genre.
Michael Connelly
I don't think a story could be any more gripping than THE LAST UNDERCOVER. I sat down with Bob Hamer's outstanding account of a life spent undercover and read straight on through. Every story is better than the one before it and what's most stunning of all is that it's all true!


New York Times bestselling author
New York Times bestselling author
I don't think a story could be any more gripping than THE LAST UNDERCOVER. I sat down with Bob Hamer's outstanding account of a life spent undercover and read straight on through. Every story is better than the one before it and what's most stunning of all is that it's all true!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599951805
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
599,853
File size:
1 MB

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