U.S. Marshals: Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency [NOOK Book]

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Deputy U.S. Marshal: How often did you draw your gun?
Retiring FBI Agent: Never. You?
Deputy U.S. Marshal: Seven times before lunch.

123,006 Fugitives

That's how many wanted men and women, each with an average of four felony convictions to his or her name, the U.S. Marshals Service tracked down and arrested in 2012. Of that number, 3,962 were charged with murder, most were ...

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Overview

Deputy U.S. Marshal: How often did you draw your gun?
Retiring FBI Agent: Never. You?
Deputy U.S. Marshal: Seven times before lunch.

123,006 Fugitives

That's how many wanted men and women, each with an average of four felony convictions to his or her name, the U.S. Marshals Service tracked down and arrested in 2012. Of that number, 3,962 were charged with murder, most were violent career criminals, and all were on the run from the authorities. If you are a fugitive in America, your worst nightmare is a deputy U.S. marshal on your trail: each year the Marshals Service takes more criminals off the streets than every other federal law enforcement agency—combined.

From Mike Earp, the former associate director of operations for the Marshals Service, and New York Times bestselling author David Fisher, this book tells the thrilling inside story of today's U.S. marshals in their own words. Based on interviews with more than fifty current and former deputies, as well as Earp's personal case notes, here are the greatest cases, hairiest arrests, and most unforgettable moments, all revealed for the first time. Here also is a history of how the marshals of legend have evolved into the country's frontline law enforcement agency, charged with apprehending the most notorious and dangerous suspects.

The U.S. Marshals Service is America's oldest law enforcement agency, established in 1789 by George Washington, who called for "the selection of the fittest characters to expound the law and dispense justice." It has had a long and colorful history, famously interwoven into the mythology of the Wild West, with notable real-life marshals like Wyatt Earp and Bass Reeves and legendary fictional characters like Matt Dillon, Elmore Leonard's Raylan Givens, and Rooster Cogburn, played by John Wayne in the 1969 film True Grit.

However, what few people realize is that in the past three decades the marshals have been at the heart of a transformation of the entire structure of law enforcement in America. The Marshals Service has become the most effective U.S. law enforcement agency, responsible for tracking down the nation's most wanted fugitives. Organized under the Department of Justice, the marshals serve as the apprehension arm for most federal agencies, including the FBI and the DEA, and across the nation U.S. Marshals regional task forces aid state and local law enforcement authorities to catch the most dangerous fugitives. All told, the Marshals Service processes more than 150,000 warrants each year, and deputies make an average of 337 arrests per day. They are also charged with transporting federal prisoners, protecting judges, and operating the Witness Security Program.

This is the untold story of the new U.S. Marshals Service, as seen through the eyes of the men and women who were pivotal in solving many of the most high-profile and dangerous cases in recent history.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-17
The story behind the country's oldest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals service, as told by its former associate director for operations Earp, with veteran co-author Fisher (co-author, with Tom Coughlin: Earn the Right to Win, 2013, etc.).In this real-life version of the TV series America's Most Wanted, Earp explores the service known around the world for heroes like Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson and significant events like the Shootout at the O.K. Corral and its development over the years since its formation in 1789. Established during the administration of George Washington as the police force of the federal court system, the service has a unique function in American law enforcement, and this function has been transformed—especially since the Reagan administration—as tough-on-crime policies have increased demands on law enforcement agencies. The marshals' mandate extends across the whole republic. They are empowered to deputize agencies of federal and local government—e.g., the U.S. Forest Service, parole officers and others—to aid their operations. Anyone who has run out on a warrant for arrest, skipped court appointments, broken parole or work-release agreements, broken out of jail or comes under one of their prioritized categories of criminal can find themselves the target of pursuit. Earp recounts how such infamous figures as Panama's Gen. Manuel Noriega and Puerto Rican terrorist William Morales were brought to justice. The author describes their investigative methods, especially their mastery of modern technology to identify, locate and track down their targets. Each aspect of the narrative is introduced through its own kind of action story and brings to life the dangers and rewards of a deputy's life. Earp's tales are educational, and he highlights the ingenuity and training required to become a U.S. Marshal.A swift-moving history of and tribute to officers who are "out there at all hours of the day and night, kicking down doors, stopping vehicles, and arresting heinous fugitives."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062227263
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 56,421
  • File size: 785 KB

Meet the Author

Mike Earp retired as the third-highest-ranking official in the U.S. Marshals Service in January 2012, after twenty-nine years of service. As the associate director for operations, he supervised all operational divisions and programs of the agency. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


David Fisher is the author or coauthor of more than seventy books, including eighteen New York Times bestsellers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    This was not only an informative book, but very well done and in

    This was not only an informative book, but very well done and interesting.From the history of the U.S. Marshals to the every day work. There are not very many books I do not want to put down, and wish they would not end, but this is one of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    This story is compelling and I could not put the book down. The

    This story is compelling and I could not put the book down. The story about the tenacity of the Deputies to arrest the "Bad Guys" is unknown to the public. These guys go to work everyday and give their all! The stories in the book make this trait obvious to the reader. This is one federal agency that give the tax payer a "BANG" for the hard earned tax dollars. Grear read; great stories; and a must read for anyone thinking go becoming a Deputy Marshal. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Answer to your question

    Not a word about Ruby Ridge. Is that what you wanted to know?

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