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Busting Bad Guys: My True Crime Stories of Bookies, Drug Dealers and Ladies of the Night [Kindle Edition]

Mark Langan
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Thirteen seconds of pure terror in a shootout with a drug dealer...

Real Crime. Real-life cop stories.

Sergeant Mark Langan relives his front-row seat working the seamier side of crime during his decorated twenty-six-year career from youngest rookie in 1978 to narcotics sergeant on the Omaha Police force.

Langan caught bold burglars who silently entered homes to get thrills off of touching sleeping victims. He hit bookie joints in smoke-filled bars, squeezed snitches for information, and arrested prostitutes and their everyday "Johns" in dangerous downtown alleys.

Langan worked his way up the ranks to command undercover narcotics operations in the 1980s when sinister LA gangbangers invaded Omaha and claimed neighborhoods to sell crack.

In his celebrated career, Langan felt the gut-wrenching pain of innocent children caught inside the wicked world of drugs and crime, their "safe" worlds shattered when the battering ram knocked down their doors--their cries haunt him every day. And two players from his past reemerge in startling ways.

Busting Bad Guys delivers a graphic and authentic look at solid policing on the streets of America's heartland and takes readers inside the high-adrenaline, top-secret investigations to develop innovative tactics to outsmart the criminals.

"Nobody knows this crime territory better than Mark Langan. His authentic experience proves that he is an expert in telling a story worth listening to."
--Alex Kava, New York Times Bestselling Thriller Author


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Mark Langan has written a book that gives rare insight into his career of busting Omaha s worst gang members and drug dealers. Marvelously detailed, this book reads like fiction yet every bit of it is true. --Eric Buske - Former Police Chief, now Police Chief in Bryan, Texas

Nobody knows this crime territory better than Mark Langan. His authentic experience proves that he is an expert in telling a story worth listening to. --Alex Kava, NY Times Bestselling Crime Novelist

About the Author

Mark Langan retired after a twenty-six-year career with the Omaha Police Department. In 1978 Mark was the youngest police officer ever hired on the Omaha Police Department at age eighteen. He worked as a uniformed officer and as a detective in the Burglary, Vice, and Narcotics Units. Mark was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1988, working as a supervisor in the Narcotics Unit until his retirement in 2004. During his career Mark wrote nationally published articles on various law enforcement topics and lectured throughout the country. Recognized as a court-authorized expert on narcotics investigations, Mark testified hundreds of times in both state and federal court. Mark is certified in teaching workplace violence and active shooter training for employees in private corporations. He has appeared on national news programs including The Nancy Grace Show, CNN, and The Today Show. Mark was awarded the Omaha Police Department’s highest honors: the Medal of Valor for his actions in the Chavez shooting and the Distinguished Service Medal for his work in the Narcotics Unit, and numerous commendations over the years. From 2000 to 2008 Mark was appointed by the Governor to the Judicial Nominating Commission and was involved in selecting candidates for judgeships in Nebraska. Mark is now Vice-President of Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society where he is responsible for the investigation of crimes involving animals. He has continued writing articles for national law enforcement publications and is a recognized national speaker on animal cruelty and dog fighting issues. He serves as a consultant on security and law enforcement topics for private clients. Mark and his wife, Annette, live in Omaha with their black Labrador Laci.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10358 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MTL838 LLC (February 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7UTQPU
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Easy read, as told by a great story teller. Upon opening the book you are instantly immersed in the underground world that most of us only know from novels, movies or television.
Reading a first account depiction of the real thing, learning about the real-life characters and participants, allows you to get a new perspective and insight, and gives a real face and place to events and the people involved in them.
Once you start, it is almost impossible to put it down.
I would highly recommend this book to all my friends and family.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Book! February 15, 2014
Format:Paperback
My Dad introduced me to Mark Langan several years ago at his Rotary Club meeting at the Nebraska Humane Society because Dad knew Mark was a personal hero of mine. I’ve since been fortunate to meet Mark’s very kind wife and their wonderful dog Laci, and I make sure to say “hi” to Mark whenever I see him at Nebraska Humane Society events.

In my mind, this tough but kind former cop had personally climbed the front porch stairs of every dog fighting scum bag in Omaha and surrounding areas, pulling the bad guys out of the houses and tossing them to waiting cops, then taking his team of equally tough humane society officers into the dark basements of those houses, tucking a Pit Bull under each arm and emerging into the sunlight, rescuing all of the fighting dogs and bait dogs there were until the crime of dog fighting – along with all of the “partner” crimes that go with it – drug dealing, illegal gambling and the like – were just an embarrassing, horrible memory in our community, and all of the rescued dogs were safe in living rooms across Omaha.

I do not know if that is exactly what happened – probably not since I made it up, but – I do know dog fighting is much less common around here – not because bad guys became good, but because Mark Langan led the Nebraska Humane Society – Omaha Police teamwork that ended the horrible practice of dog fighting – not only here in Omaha but also helping shut down a dog fighting ring that spanned much of the country.

So I made up HOW it happened, but I promise you, Mark is that cool. The book Busting Bad Guys covers the time span BEFORE Mark was Vice President for Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society, the twenty-six years he was a cop and detective serving Omaha.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very much worth the read! Could not put it down! February 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was an excellent read that gave an insight both professionally and personally from a respected officer of the law. This book made the reader feel the emotions of many different situations of law enforcement. I enjoyed how he made you feel like you were sitting in the police car next to him or in the alley looking for the bad buys. I definitely have more respect for those that wear blue. I recommend this read to any one who deals with law enforcement as I think there is a lot in this book that many people can learn from. I gave it 5 stars because I liked how the outline of the book kept you guessing on what was happening next and how things came full circle for this respected officer. I also enjoyed the pictures that was in the book that helped the reader get a better perception of the stories that were told.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down... February 3, 2014
Format:Paperback
This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to see what it is like to be one of the very few who are brave enough to put their life on the line to protect their community. Or for those who are just looking to hear to some new fun stories that can only be told by a cop who has seen just about anything there is to see, here you go! As they say, you just can't make this s***up!

The stories in this book snag your attention immediately, I could not put it down. I spent a few nights staying up way best my bedtime just to take in a few more pages, followed by a few more, and then a few more. I was laughing at some, and was on the edge of my seat during others. This book also takes you onto an emotional rollercoaster of events that no Police Officer wants to experience during their careers, but unfortunately, many do.

The stories and details Mark Langan shares just go to show what a professional and dedicated officer he was. Many can, and should, learn from him.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Police stories March 6, 2014
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I first became aware of Mark Langan’s new book, Busting Bad Guys, in an email promoting a book signing as a Nebraska Humane Society fundraiser. Although, I was unable to attend the book signing, I was still very interested in the book - so glad I read it. When he started working for the OPD in 1978 at age eighteen, he was the youngest police officer ever hired. His book is a quick and enjoyable read detailing his career from the patrol days through assignments in the burglary, vice, and narcotics units. Mark’s book reads as if you’re sitting across the booth from him at Leo’s Diner in Benson, one of his favorite eating establishments, listening to his stories of days on the force. It’s obvious that he loved being a police officer and now brings his law enforcement experience to the NHS where he helps investigate crimes involving animals. More information can be found at the website of the same name.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Busting Bad Guys, true to life March 10, 2014
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I liked it because it was very real. My deceased husband was an Omaha Police Officer at this time so a lot of it made sense. I also knew some of these officers. It was definitely a time frame of how things were looked at and done differently then. I would recommend it for quick reading for anyone interested in the past of Omaha in that time frame.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting.
A great read.
Published 2 days ago by David J. Dickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring book
I bought Busting Bad Guys after hearing about it at dinner with others who had read it. It was well written and easy to read. Read more
Published 5 days ago by NellieB
5.0 out of 5 stars A look inside a Cops world!
I have known Mark since my days at Roncalli High School in Omaha. Mark was every bit of a true genuine kind person in high school as I see in him at reunions. Read more
Published 20 days ago by CO
4.0 out of 5 stars insightful to say the least
Especially in light of the current state of cop shootings it's nice to hear a candid account of what happens on the streets. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aaron Schapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, law enforcement is a commendable field and deserves to be recognized as such. This book flows like a documentary well written and gritty. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo Griffith
1.0 out of 5 stars Soft on specifics
This book is lacking insight in what should be a wonderful career.. No deep digging into the 20 year career by this officer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by steve davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great real life stories.
A well intentioned honest policeman with interesting stories and anecdotes. A perfect antidote to the bad rap the press is giving police officers - these guys protect and serve.
Published 2 months ago by A Ravey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun read, very interesting highlights!
Published 2 months ago by Brian lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!...ummm a TV series might be in there!
Published 4 months ago by Terri Zimmerle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 4 months ago by Donald Alexander
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More About the Author

Mark Langan retired after a twenty-six-year career with the Omaha Police Department. In 1978 Mark was the youngest police officer ever hired on the Omaha Police Department at age eighteen. He worked as a uniformed officer and as a detective in the Burglary, Vice, and Narcotics Units. Mark was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1988, working as a supervisor in the Narcotics Unit until his retirement in 2004.

During his career Mark wrote nationally published articles on various law enforcement topics and lectured throughout the country. Recognized as a court-authorized expert on narcotics investigations, Mark testified hundreds of times in both state and federal court.

Mark is certified in teaching workplace violence and active shooter training for employees in private corporations.

He has appeared on national news programs including The Nancy Grace Show, CNN, and The Today Show.

Mark was awarded the Omaha Police Department's highest honors: the Medal of Valor for his actions in the Chavez shooting and the Distinguished Service Medal for his work in the Narcotics Unit, and numerous commendations over the years.

From 2000 to 2008 Mark was appointed by the Governor to the Judicial Nominating Commission and was involved in selecting candidates for judgeships in Nebraska.

Mark is now Vice-President of Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society where he is responsible for the investigation of crimes involving animals. He has continued writing articles for national law enforcement publications and is a recognized national speaker on animal cruelty and dog fighting issues. He serves as a consultant on security and law enforcement topics for private clients.

Mark and his wife, Annette, live in Omaha with their black Labrador Laci.


REVIEW:
BUSTING BAD GUYS
Reviewed by Steve Eskew
eskewtotherescue.com


Constabulary Duties Must Be Done With Precision

As real life narcotics sergeant Mark Langan prepared to shoot it out with crazed drug dealer Jose Chavez, dubbed "One-Eyed Jack," he concentrated on the three major dictates of marksmanship: Breath control, slow trigger squeeze and don't put the fat part of your finger on the trigger.

After a fascinating account of the entire police stakeout, Langan recalls the climax of the gunfight: "I took a deep breath, aimed at his head and slowly pulled the trigger. As soon as the shot was fired, I saw the right side of his face violently recoil backward. He dropped to the street. Finally the suspect was down."

When I write a profile, sometimes I have a beast of a time probing my interviewee to remember anecdotes that would entertain readers. Had I ever interviewed retired sergeant Langan, something tells me that he would have had no shortage of gripping stories to share.

In Busting Bad Guys, Langan takes the reader on a series of riveting adventures as he reminisces in vivid detail about his decorated 26-year career on the Omaha Police Department. His experiences also encompassed a variety of treacherous exploits outside of narcotics, such as uniform patrol, burglary and vice in the mean underbelly of that metropolitan city.

In the course of his five-year tenure on uniform patrol Langan notes that he learned invaluable life lessons. He witnessed shootings, knifings and babies who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. He saw starved and beaten children and elderly who simply succumbed to the pitfalls of poverty.

During his time in the burglary unit Langan became proficient in the art of interrogation. One of the tricks to the trade was to accuse the perp of a much more serious crime than you suspected him of doing. For example, Langan would tell a burglary suspect that he knew the guy was guilty. "What concerns us, Jerry, is this:" Langan said once, "There's a young girl that lives in that house. We've had several rapes in the neighborhood. Did you break into that house with the intent to rape that girl or just steal her TV?"

As Langan expected, the perp folded; "Oh man, I admit to stealing the television. But I ain't no rapist. You gotta believe me."

Langan lovingly practiced his interrogation skills on his own children: "Katie, Tommy says you're being mean to him. Did you punch him or just pinch him?"

Once when he had a tip that some thugs were going to steal a motorcycle, Langan organized an undercover surveillance operation. As fate would have it, the battery on the crooks' van happened to run dead. Langan pulled up in his unmarked car and, posing as a good samaritan, offered to let the thugs use his jumper cables.

"The bad guys were very appreciative, even offering twenty bucks for the effort," Langan remembers. After a successful cable-jump, Langan left the thugs to fulfill their devious plan and they promptly drove directly to the motorcycle. As they were loading it into the van. Langan arrested the surprised culprits, whose facial expressions must have been priceless.

Langan found his time working the vice unit even more exciting. One incident involved a teenaged boy pimping for his mother. In another case, after a woman propositioned him, he showed her his badge, causing her to freak out and attempt to jump out of the police car. As he grabbed her, she threw his portable radio out of the window, followed by his badge before he managed to get her under control.

But Langan says that the most dangerous working "girl" to arrest was the cross-dresser. "These were men who dressed as women so they could make money doing what they enjoyed best: blowing other men. Some of these guys looked really good, and at night it was tough to tell the difference. They fought like crazy when being arrested."

Langan relates his many adventures with meat and potatoes precision, illustrating a cop's life with detailed imagery but without sensationalizing the excitement. He balances his memoir by sharing his years-later encounter with (One-Eyed Jack) Chavez's daughter and an update on a childhood playmate who had descended into prostitution. The book's sheer readability and intriguing subject matter makes you sorry to find yourself on the final page.

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