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Befriend and Betray


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Alex Caine now acts as an adviser on biker investigations, and speaks frequently at police conferences. He is a certified fifth-degree black belt martial artist, recognised by the World Kickboxing Association. Befriend and Betray is his first book.


Adult/High School-Working for everyone from the Drug Enforcement Agency to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Caine spent 25 years infiltrating and taking down dangerous criminal groups. He did anything and everything he could to work his way into them: he dealt drugs, sold T-shirts, and even promoted rock-and-roll concerts. After building personal trust, he used his contacts with the inner members of a group to create a solid court case and make sure as many as possible wound up in jail. But the book works as more than a portrait of organized crime-it is also the author's personal story. Readers see him struggle many times with the complex, conflicted emotions of making friends with criminals while maintaining the secret intent to take them to jail. There are also powerful moments showcasing difficulties in his marriage-often caused by his career-as well as personality conflicts with his government handlers. Caine knows how to tell a story and doesn't waste a single dramatic moment. Immediately enticing and gripping all the way through, this volume will appeal to fans of true crime and anyone looking for a unique biography.-Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Verdict: Caine chooses his stories well; the book ends just as they threaten to become repetitive. This enthralling memoir will be a hit with all true-crime readers. Background: A chance encounter with a drug dealer led small-time Canadian hood Caine into a decades-long career as an undercover operative. A former gang member, prisoner, and Vietnam War vet, Caine had a lot of experience with the macho worlds he inhabited, and his success rate at infiltrating the gangs and gathering intelligence was remarkable. His story is a page-turner from beginning to end, as he covers his first experience infiltrating a Hong Kong Triad cell through his time with the Bandidos and Hells Angels biker gangs and a brush with the Russian mob. He also delves into the politics of undercover operations and the danger of operatives losing themselves in their own covers and overidentifying with the targets. Indeed, he came close to choosing his Bandido gang over his difficult law-enforcement handlers, who sometimes viewed him as little better than the thugs he befriended.-Deirdre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Chilling and gritty, this new account by Caine, an undercover police agent for 25 years, showcases his skills as a shrewd chameleon who could infiltrate any group while tallying their vices and offenses. Following stints in Vietnam and behind bars, he teamed with the cops to penetrate the criminal netherworld populated by cruel Asian triads and street gangs battling for territories and riches. Caine, a tough cookie, was recruited by all of the federal enforcement agencies to get the goods on the big four outlaw bike gangs-the Hells Angels, the Bandidos, the Outlaws and the Pagans-and some of his exploits are the stuff of high-tension torture and lawlessness. His resourcefulness is uncanny, as is his sheer will to survive as he matches wits with a group of Russian mobsters and lawmen on the take. It's to Caine's credit that he lived to tell this riveting tale of bloodshed and corruption. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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