The Reaper's Line: Life and Death on the Mexican Border

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Overview

“I’ve fallen under the spell of a fabulously infatuating mistress,”
writes Lee Morgan II in this searing memoir. “She” is Arizona’s beautiful, dangerous borderland, and this is the shocking true story of Morgan’s many years of combat there. A young Marine taught Morgan, aged 14, how to shoot a rifle. Then, he says, “my pseudo ‘big brother’ went on to infamously enter history books as the ‘Texas Tower Sniper.’” Haunted by the Grim Reaper, today’s Wild West is near anarchy. “To know the Mexican people is to love ...

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Overview

“I’ve fallen under the spell of a fabulously infatuating mistress,”
writes Lee Morgan II in this searing memoir. “She” is Arizona’s beautiful, dangerous borderland, and this is the shocking true story of Morgan’s many years of combat there. A young Marine taught Morgan, aged 14, how to shoot a rifle. Then, he says, “my pseudo ‘big brother’ went on to infamously enter history books as the ‘Texas Tower Sniper.’” Haunted by the Grim Reaper, today’s Wild West is near anarchy. “To know the Mexican people is to love them,” writes Morgan, but he hates with righteous rage the crime and corruption he’s witnessed on both sides of the border.
Discover why Morgan has been called the Serpico of the desert.
Climb down with him into a “narco-tunnel” built by slave labor to smuggle drugs. Consider the huge social and political questions raised by Morgan’s passionate exposé. “I’ve been personally shot,
shrapneled, slashed, clubbed, burned, and nearly dragged to death,” says the veteran lawman, who now lives with a Mexican bounty on his head. “It’s been a hell of a ride.” And it’s a hell of a story.

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Editorial Reviews

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The U.S.-Mexican border is one of the most violent places on earth, writes retired drug enforcement agent Morgan. He makes his case over 500 pages of gunplay, fisticuffs and bloodshed interspersed with profanity-laced denunciations of rival agencies and clueless Washington officials who believe they understand illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Having enjoyed serving in Vietnam, Morgan sought similar adventure in the Border Patrol and the Custom Service's drug enforcement service. Working mostly in Arizona, he found corrupt officials and Border Patrolmen cooperating with corrupt Mexican officials, police and soldiers to transport drugs and people into the U.S. Still, he and fellow officers intercepted countless shipments, which the author recounts in excessive but lively rounds of shootouts, car chases and murder. Reforms that created the Department of Homeland Security and shifted antidrug enforcement to the Border Patrol are disastrous, he asserts, because the patrol is hopelessly corrupt. Sneering at the current immigration debate, he insists no barrier or law can keep out Mexicans in search of work and that the money would be better spent on making Mexico prosperous enough to provide jobs for its people. Despite the incessant fireworks and macho prose style, the book provides a thoughtful view of these issues. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933855578
  • Publisher: Rio Nuevo Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/18/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 705,228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Morgan II is a retired U.S. Customs Service Special Agent. His honors include a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his Vietnam service, as well as many awards for outstanding achievements during 31 years as a federal law enforcement official with the Departments of Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security. He lives in Douglas, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 8
Author's Note 11
1 The Reaper and the Beast 13
2 The Quickening 28
3 Interdiction 55
4 The Horse Patrol 76
5 The Agua Prieta Cartel 97
6 The Douglas Tunnel 126
7 The King of Douglas 147
8 The Big Sandy Wars 176
9 Naco 199
10 The Border Bandits 221
11 Blue Trucks 246
12 Mules-R-Us 264
13 The Last Trackers 284
14 Plight of the Mexican Aliens 297
15 REMFs and the Vigilantes 323
16 The West Corrals 360
17 The Ghosts of Las Perillas 381
18 Drex and the La Copita 394
19 Informants 416
20 Traitors 445
21 Rabbits and Greyhounds 486
22 The Reaper, the Beast, and the Corrupt DHS 502
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

    The Truth Hurts

    I grew up in Douglas. It was a wonderful place to be a kid and teen. It all ended with the era of Joe Borane. If there ever was a crooked cop, he's it. He ruined a great town with his greed and 'above the law superiority.' Everyone in Douglas knew - no one said anything. I remember Borane being a Deacon or Usher at church, such a hypocrite. I knew the guy that wrote the song "Joe Cocaine" and he was right about Borane and drugs, whores, bribes. Mr. Morgan did a great job in his book. I lived a lot of that and it's sad to read everything that a great little town used to be and is now a smuggling and killing place. I don't think anything was exagerated. I think he left out a lot about Borane and would have like to see more in there.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Good read. Enlightening to non-border residence.

    There a plenty of stories in this book spanning decades. Some of the stories are a little over dramatized for my taste. If someone is looking to read what it is like to enforce the law on the border I would recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    Policing the Borderland's Backcountry

    I identify with Mr. Morgan. I, too, am a government worker and bear witness to decades of inefficiency, apathy and neglect. In parallel my own department has become a sunken ship. Morgan tells some great stories of remote Cochise County. I've been to many of these places and know some of the people he mentions. Linking his experience to the (Grim)Reaper brings it all to focus. And, if you really want to know what's going on, on our Southern Border, Mr. Morgan lets out the stops and pulls no punches.

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