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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,...

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Overview

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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In another life Bob Hamer might have been an actor. During his 26-year career in the FBI, Hamer posed as everything from a contract killer to a street urchin drug dealer to an aging pedophile. In his last undercover assignment, this devoted family man infiltrated NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association, searching for self-avowed child molesters. He found them. This is his story of the dark side of humanity and the challenges he faced bringing it to justice.
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!

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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599951010
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Hamer is a 26-year veteran of the FBI, having worked organized crime, gangs, terrorism, and child exploitation. Although he prides himself on his career of successful undercover assignments, he has also served as case agent or co-case agent on some of the most significant headline-grabbing investigations by the Los Angeles office of the FBI. These include: the LA Mafia Family case; the Eddie Nash case (of the Laurel Canyon Murders, John Holmes, Boogie Nights and Wonderland fame); and the July 4th shooting at the EL AL ticket counter at LAX. Bob and his family live in Los Angeles, California.


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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
A Walk Toward the Beast     1
Living in the Shadow World     7
China White     17
The Welcoming Committee     26
Globe-Hopping Smuggler     33
A NAMBLE Safety Lecture     40
The Courtroom Crapshoot     49
Meet the Predators     56
Working the Hood     63
Patience Is a Virtue     70
Improvise to Survive     79
A NAMBLA History Lesson     85
The Murder of Jeffrey Curley     94
Sexual Addiction     103
The Fix Is In     111
Keeping My Shirt On     118
Half-Full or Half-Empty?     125
The Most Bizarre     132
Rub-a-Dub-Dub     140
Enough to Go On?     148
NAMBLA Pen Pals     156
The Miami NAMBLA Conference     163
Relaxing with Predators     169
Leaderless, Shirtless, Clueless     175
Criminal Admissions     183
Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean I'm Not Out to Get You     190
Six-Pack Abs and a Key of Coke     196
Predators Out on the Town     203
Legoland Makes It Unanimous     209
Age of Consent: Zero     218
Trolling for a Three-Time Offender     227
Baiting the Hook     234
Getting the Goods     242
How Much Is Too Much?     251
Swarming to the Bait     260
Greg Nusca, aka David R. Busby     267
Diary of a Sexual Predator     274
My Life as a Ghostwriter     281
Losing It?     288
Keep Those Plates Spinning     296
Intensive Care     305
Final Preparations     312
Predators Tell All     319
Springing the Trap     327
After the Arrests     333
The Trial of Sam Lindblad     340
The Verdict     346
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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Bob Hamer tells about the tough life of an undercover FBI agent in his book THE LAST UNDERCOVER. Hamer has disguised himself as a drug dealer, an experienced horse gambler, a hit man, a crippled pedophile, and many other disguises. <BR/><BR/>The novel follows Hamer's tough case of cracking NAMBLA (North-American Man/Boy Love Association). In order to be integrated into the group, he became a member of NAMBLA. He went to two conventions in New York and Miami. He also participated in the prisoner pen-pal writing activity, and he regularly received the NAMBLA newsletter The Bulletin. <BR/><BR/>The book tells of his seemingly perpetual case in snippets, broken up by Hamer's other tough cases. Hamer's humor is evident throughout. In the Christmas card exchange with NAMBLA members, Hamer took a picture of himself sitting by a Christmas tree and the blanket in his lap was the FBI seal. "But because it [the blanket] was folded in half, or maybe because I was so handsome, none of my NAMBLA pals ever realized I was flashing my government credentials at them in my Christmas card photo," Hamer said in the book. <BR/><BR/>Another favorite tactic of Hamer's is his music choice whenever he had a target in the car with him. Hamer loved to play "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley or "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash. "I once joked with a prosecutor that I gave clues to my true identity in nearly every meeting with a target." <BR/><BR/>THE LAST UNDERCOVER is full of surprising twists and tense moments that will leave readers wanting to learn about the next gruesome, yet interesting, case. This fast-paced story will capture any reader through its gruesome yet completely truthful tales of evil found in our own backyard. While the different cases are horrendous, and some may find them plain disgusting, there is no great detail into these disgusting acts. There are no sexual details about the NAMBLA members and their actions or fantasies. Hamer only tells the general idea or thought behind those acts the members performed; no greatly detailed account is ever given. <BR/><BR/>Overall, this is a good read for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective about FBI life and the people in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    Memoir¿

    Bob Hamer FBI Agent spent the majority of his 24 years with the Bureau undercover. His assignments ran the gauntlet of drug dealer, thief, weapons dealer ,and pedophile. His time undercover with NAMBLA was the most repulsive for him and yet the most satisfying. Hamer allows readers a glimpse inside the life of an FBI Agent. Usually the public can only imagine the actual events that can take place during an investigation. I admire the courage of men like Bob Hamer. They struggle to keep people safe. Fans of true crime, police drama, and biographies will enjoy The Last Undercover .

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    A Story That Must Be Told

    I had the pleasure of reading Bob Hamer's "The Last Undercover" and would strongly urge anyone considering this book to pick up a copy. In what was an unimaginable assignment, Bob faced evils and situations I can't fathom having to experience. The way he tells is story is gripping and honest.

    The non-NAMBLA experiences shared in this novel kept me on the edge of my seat while waiting for him to bring me back to his NAMBLA investigation. This book has it all from near-death experiences involving bloods and crips to a cerebral investigation involving some of the most evil men I have ever read about. The work Bob has done and chosen to share with is could have been pulled directly from a movie which makes for one excellent and necessary read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

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    Courageous in its expose of NAMBLA!!

    This was totally believeable and much of Hamer's exposure of NAMBLA's operations and tactics is right on with what i know from having known a pedophile with membership in NAMBLA and who had extensive ties and protection from the U.S. Dept. of Justice through family connections.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    An Enlightening Read

    Bob Hamer tells about the tough life of an undercover FBI agent in his new book The Last Undercover. Hamer has disguised himself as a drug dealer, an experiences horse gambler, a hit man, a crippled pedophile, and many other disguises. The novel follows Hamer's tough case of cracking NAMBLA (North-American Man/Boy Love Association). In order to be integrated into the gropu, he became a member of NAMBLA. He went to two conventions in New York and Miama. He also participated in the prisoner pen-pal writing activity, and he regularly received the NAMBLA newsletter The Bulletin.<BR/> The novel tells of his seemingly perpetual case in snippets, broken up by Hamer's other tough cases. Hamer's humor is evident in his many cases. In the Christmas card exchange with NAMBLA members, Hamer took a picture of himself sitting by a Christmas tree and the blanket in his lap was the FBI seal. "But because it [the blanket] was folded in half, or maybe because I was so handsome, none of my NAMBLA pals ever realized I was flashing my government credentials at them in my Christmas card photo," Hamer said in the book.<BR/> Another favorite tactic of Hamer is his music choice whenever he had a target in the car with him. Hamer loved to play "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley or "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash. "I once joked with a prosecutor that I gave clues to my true identity in nearly every meeting with a target," Hamer said in the book.<BR/> Hamer's novel is full of surprising twists and tense moments that will leave readers wanting to learn about the next gruesome, yet interesting, case. This fast-paced story will capture any reader through its gruesome yet completely truthful tales of evil found in our own backyard. While the different cases are gruesome, and some may find them plain disgusting, there is no great detail into these gruesome acts. There are no sexual details about the NAMBLA members and their actions or fantasies. Hamer only tells the general idea or through behind those sexual acts the members performed; no greatly detailed account is ever given.<BR/> Overall the informative novel is a good read for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective about life and the people in it.

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