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Murder for Hire : My Life as the Country's Most Successful Undercover Agent - Jack Ballentine

Murder for Hire

My Life as the Country's Most Successful Undercover Agent

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After joining the Phoenix Police Department in 1978, Jack Ballentine quickly rose to the top as one of the nation's most successful undercover operatives

His speciality : posing as a hit man. Ballentine led a schizophrenic life, changing assumed identities at the drop of a hat as he developed a network in the criminal underworld and was "hired" to kill business partners, spouses, or, in one case, a couple's son. In twenty-four cases, he produced a 100 percent conviction rate on murder conspiracy charges.

Murder For Hire details his most shocking assignments while also showing how he balanced his rough-and-tumble assignments with the demands of his personal life as he built a family with his new stepson. Ballentine's story is a gritty and revealing look at how law enforcement delves into the heart of the criminal world.

"Jack Ballentine is a force to be reckoned with. "Murder for Hire "delves into the seedy netherworld of murder for hire, close scrapes, and life under cover. A fascinating read."--Kerrie Droban, author of "Running with the Devil: The True Story of the ATF's Inflitration of the Hells Angels""He effectively captures the violence and degradation of underclass criminality, where the lives of drug dealers, bikers, white supremacists, prostitutes, strippers and career criminals intersect."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "A unique look at how law enforcement delves into the heart of the criminal world."--"The Arizona Law Channel""" "A fascinating close-up of the criminal world."--"Booklist""" """An undercover cop's raw voice, filled with outrage and sometimes humor, with the kind of details that can't be made up . . . A fascinating close-up of the criminal world."--"Booklist "

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Other Side of Hellp. 1
Slaying the Serpentp. 7
Love Struckp. 18
Abandoned by the Manp. 30
Kristie and the Candy Storep. 39
Gun for Hirep. 45
Deadeye and the Sharkp. 61
Can't Run Fast Enoughp. 75
Four Eyes Are Better than Twop. 81
The Karate Kidp. 90
The Inner Circlep. 114
This Was the Onep. 128
Ma and Pa Kettle's Revengep. 137
Coming in from the Outsidep. 146
A Massage to Die Forp. 158
The Scar Face Chasep. 176
Just Like a Kid in a Candy Storep. 191
Lost in Nightmaresp. 217
Waiting a Lifetime for Youp. 233
Time for a Change of Sceneryp. 250
Wayne's Strange, Twisted Worldp. 259
Regrets? I Have Onep. 278
Finally, Home Againp. 285
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780312667771
ISBN-10: 9780984228348
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 15th February 2011
Publisher: Griffin Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.286