Running With The Devil: The True Story of ATF’s Infiltration of the Arizona Hells Angels


The infamous Sonny Barger once declared that the Hells Angels would never be infiltrated. He was wrong, thanks to the ATF agents who risked their lives.

This true crime book chronicles the story of the ATF sting and the two undercover agents who risked their lives in this landmark criminal investigation. For two years, they posed as members of a Mexican renegade motorcycle club, earning the trust and respect of the vicious Arizona Hells Angels.

Their work led to the shocking 2003 bust in which ATF agents arrested fifty people and seized 650 guns, 30,000 rounds of ammunition, and more than 100 explosive items — including grenades and napalm! Following the steps of the ATF agents, who remain undercover today, author Kerrie Droban recounts their perilous mission up through the ensuing court case and jail sentences.

Along the way, Droban provides a startling — and unprecedented — expose on the treacherous inner workings of the Hells Angels brotherhood. “Because the case was profiled on America’s Most Wanted and in the courts, we had to wait to bring out this story until the criminal case was complete,” Droban stated.

Acting as a modern day female Woodward and Berstein, Droban gives exciting and intimate details of what the agents had to do and discovered in this shocking case: “My goal was to provide readers with a voyeuristic view of life inside the Hells Angels, reveal ATF’s novel infiltration of the club and shatter the public’s image of the Hells Angels as harmless scruffy promoters of charitable organizations… Mostly, I wanted to write an accurate and compelling tribute to the operatives’ bravery and sacrifice.”

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Praise for Running with the Devil :

“Kerrie is a brillaint and talented author, and the book is a compelling masterpiece of contemporary nonfiction.” Burl Barer , Edgar Award-winning author and host of Outlaw Radio

Kerrie Droban Wins USA Book Award

“Our pal, crime hottie Kerrie Droban, just won a BIG AWARD! Yes, Ms. Droban, already famed for getting hit by a truck on her way to our True Crimes show last year, just won the USA Book Award for Best Non-Fiction True Crime for Running with the Devil. That’s the book about how our wise ATF wasted millions of dollars in the most stupid ‘infiltration’ of the Hells Angels imaginable. Well, that wasn’t the goal of the book, but that sure is how it turned out. It is a real page turner, and while there are bikers who think the undercover agent who ‘stars’ in this book is full of more crap than a Loon Lake outhouse, Kerrie deserves this award because (a) she knows how to write, (b) she looks real hot in tight jeans, and (c) she uses a quote from Burl Barer on her web site…”

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“A page turner that reads more like spy fiction than an expose”–Ironworks Magazine

“A compelling masterpiece of contemporary nonfiction” Burl Barer, Outlaw Radio and Edgar Award Winning True Crime Author