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In exchange for a reduced sentence on his drug smuggling charges, Charles Falco infiltrated three of America’s most violent biker gangs: the Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws. In separate investigations that spanned years and coasts, Falco risked his life, suffering a fractured neck and a severely torn shoulder, working deep under cover to bring violent sociopaths to justice. His dedication was profound; he even served time in San Bernardino’s Murder Unit and endured solitary confinement. He recorded confessions of gangland-style killings and nearly became a target himself before he sought refuge in the Witness Security Program.
His efforts culminated in the seizure of hundreds of illegal firearms, drugs, stolen motorcycles, and sixty two arrests of members for assault, dismemberment, and murder. Executing one of this country’s most successful RICO prosecutions and effectively crippling the criminal enterprise, Falco’s engrossing account of the dangers of the biker underworld and justice is perfect for fans of FX’s Sons of Anarchy as well as Hunter S. Thompson’s classic Hell’s Angels.
Side by Side Review of: Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws and Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
“Falco rose to “officer” status in three biker gangs, and his book — “Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs” — is the more polished, measured and authoritative of the two”. Full Review: Click Here —LA Times
“Falco was facing a minimum sentence of 22 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and manufacture hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine when the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department made him an offer he couldn’t refuse—become an undercover informant instead of going to jail. The bulk of this fascinating autobiography describes in detail Falco’s work infiltrating the Vagos Motorcycle Club, an outlaw biker gang considered in 2003 to be the ‘largest urban terrorist’ organization in the U.S. Falco’s main assignment reads like a synopsis of the book: ‘Get inside, gather intelligence on the gang, identify the club’s leaders, purchase drugs from them, and collect as many illegal firearms as you can.’ Falco describes in almost excruciating detail how he rose in the Vagos ranks from a go-fer to a full-fledged member, a three-year descent into a violent world of drug abuse, Neanderthal treatment of women, and constant fighting that left Falco living constantly ‘in a state of veiled paranoia,’ even after the Vagos gang was brought down by the law. It is Falco’s unrelenting depiction of the stupidity and brutality in the Vagos biker world that makes his story powerful. Agent: Jill Marsal, the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency(Mar.)”
“The paranoia of crooks, the desperation of incarceration, the fear of getting whacked, and survival working undercover in a brutal biker world devoid of common decency. You can read about it all in this book. But Charles Falco actually lived it and miraculously came out a better man.” —Chris Blatchford, author of The Black Hand and winner of the Peabody Award for Investigative Journalism.