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90 Church : inside America's notorious first narcotics squad
90 Church : inside America's notorious first narcotics squad
Unkefer, Dean, author.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : Picador, 2015.
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423 pages ; 22 cm
"Before Nixon famously declared a "war on drugs, " there was the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. New York City in the mid-1960s. Free love is sweeping the nation--but so is something else. Clandestine and chaotic, but equally ruthless, the agents of the bureau were feared by the Mafia, dealers, pimps, prostitutes--anyone who did their business on the streets. With few rules and almost no oversight, the battle-hardened agents of the bureau were often more vicious than the criminals they chased. Agent Dean Unkefer was a naive kid with notions of justice and fair play when he joined up. But all that quickly changes once he gets thrown into the lion's den of 90 Church, the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, where he is shocked to see the agents he revered are often more like thugs than lawmen. When he finally gets the chance to prove his mettle by going undercover in the field, the lines become increasingly blurred. As he spirals into the hell of addiction and watches his life become a complex balancing act of lies and half-truths, he begins to wonder what side he is really on. 90 Church is both the unbelievable memoir of one man's confrontation with the dark corners of the human experience, and a fascinating window into a little known time in American history. Learn the story of the agents who make the DEA look like choir boys. - For fans of David Simon, and the TV shows Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men - Film rights optioned by Universal Studios"--
Preface -- Chapter One The Rookie -- Chapter Two The Sorcerer's Apprentice -- Chapter Three Things Are Looking Up -- Chapter Four Settling In -- Chapter Five Dangerous Liaisons -- Chapter Six A Tangled Web -- Chapter Seven Honor Among Thieves -- Chapter Eight All In The Family -- Chapter Nine Small-Town Sport -- Chapter Ten Law And Order -- Chapter Eleven A Guilty Conscience -- Chapter Twelve Turning The Tables -- Chapter Thirteen A Career Move -- Epilogue -- Suggested Reading.
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