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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555536492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555536497
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author's memoir of his years as an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency functions to some degree as a history of the DEA. Doyle joined the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) in 1971 and one year later was transferred to the newly formed DEA. He spent his professional life on the streets of Boston, infiltrating the narcotics underworld, cultivating informants, and going up against some of the country's most dangerous drug dealers. It might not have been the most pleasant lifestyle, but it sure does make for exciting reading. Doyle tells his story as though he were writing a novel, packing it with dialogue, action scenes, and suspense. But this stuff actually happened. Many people write about the "war on drugs," but Doyle shows it to us in all its graphic detail. Students of American politics will also be fascinated by the author's chronicle of an agency in the making, as the DEA shifts from idealistic new enterprise to full-fledged bureaucracy. David Pitt
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“[A] great read. The story is full of cinematic action, but is also filled with the heart and soul that most action movies can't come close to capturing on celluloid. And for a guy who never thought of himself as a writer, Doyle has a style that is clear and concise—and as honestly lyrical—as Hemingway's best prose.”—The Boston Irish Emigrant

"Hot Shots and Heavy Hits is an excellent source for understanding the life work of a drug agent who was active from the 1970s through 2000. The extensive use of recreated narrative and descriptions of the settings, people, and learning/thinking experience make for exciting reading." —Criminal Justice Review

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Didn't want to stop reading until I was finished the book.
John J. Obrien Jr.
Most of all, this book is a tremendous tribute to the brave, selfless men and women who dedicate their lives to fighting the drug war.
Martha G.
Doyle's writing reads like a novel - dialogue is superb, action scenes are palpable, and the suspense is page-turning.
Lorna Hunt Ellison

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Brogan on January 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"However, one also becomes tempted to wonder if the author would perjure himself or frame a suspect if he felt it necessary. "

I fail to see the logic of the above statement by a prior reviewer. I think Paul Doyle did an excellent job in establishing himself as an extremely moral person in all aspects of his life. I worked with Paul in the years detailed in his book and can attest to this.

As a retired narcotics agent I found the book riveting. As in many professions peers tend to be over critical when reading accounts written by colleagues. I found no such temptation. This book which was actually written by the author and not a ghost writer or "collaborator" is factual and accurate. In no other "cop" book have I seen expressed so well the emotional and spiritual toal the job takes on one. For me it was like going down memory lane. I suggest Steele walk a mile in Doyle's shoes befor posting such a naive missive.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Diaz on November 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a retired DEA agent with twenty-eight years of distinguished and honorably awarded service;twenty years of which has been undercover. I also have struggled but never succeeded in writing my own memoirs. However, Paul Doyle has done it for me. His book,"Hot Shots and Heavy Hits," reveals with great accuracy and compassion the struggle,danger and heartaches that undercover drug agents suffer and endure during the course of there respected careers. A must read if you really want to know the real life of an undercover drug agent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martha G. on June 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Doyle's book, Hot Shots and Heavy Hits, Tales of an Undercover Drug Agent, is an intense, real life drama that is hard to break away from. Free from exaggeration and melodrama, this non-fiction account of the author's experiences reads like a novel. A refreshing change from the stale mystery/crime genre, this book is both entertaining and educational. Impressed with the author's storytelling ability, I felt as though I was beside this humble federal agent in each of his undercover experiences. An incredible description of the evil drug underworld, this book opened my eyes to the real dangers of drugs, unlike any other book, article or presentation. Hot Shots and Heavy Hits provides insight to our country's debilitating drug war, but moreover, this book hammers home the importance of educating our children and remaining involved in their lives. I highly recommend this book to educators, counselors, parents, teens, college students and anyone else who may be tempted to test out drugs or who is involved in shaping the future leaders of tomorrow. Most of all, this book is a tremendous tribute to the brave, selfless men and women who dedicate their lives to fighting the drug war. I walked away from this book with a deeper appreciation of those who put their lives on the line each and everyday to protect our youth, and to make our country a better place in which to live.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorna Hunt Ellison on January 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I once read a marvelous quote by Anthony Boucher, the late great New York Times Book Review critic in which he described the sheer joy he felt when he discovered a new talented mystery writer. He said nothing gave him greater pleasure than finding that year's best debut. Among many other jobs and talents, Boucher also edited the True Crime Detective magazine, so perhaps it's befitting that it's Boucher who springs to mind when assessing Boston native Paul E.Doyle's true crime/memoir -- the sensational debut Hot Shots and Heavy Hits.

In Hot Shots and Heavy Hits, Paul Doyle (or his street pseudonym "Paulie Sullivan" or the pseudonymous moniker "Sully"), a retired DEA agent, chronicles his undercover narcotics agent experience in mostly Boston and New York City during the 1970's. Believe the passage from the introduction when Doyle prepares readers, "My purpose is to share the work of an undercover agent with you so that you may understand the heart and soul of what we do." Newcomer Doyle succeeds - actually, exceeds - his stated purpose in Hot Shots and Heavy Hits by writing a memoir that is deft and neat-handed and told with a prose that is absolutely stunning. Doyle's writing reads like a novel - dialogue is superb, action scenes are palpable, and the suspense is page-turning. Perhaps that what contributes most to the exceptionality of this book that I found so unputdownable - this ain't fiction, people! This is the brutally honest memoir of one man's - one special agent's -- undercover work in his fight against the problem of drugs during the 1970's.

Each chapter is a visceral account of Doyle's experiences; each cinematically episodic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The author tells his story in a humble and honest voice- exposing his emotions and thought processes as he journeys through this seemingly terrifying land mine of a job.
The book goes into graphic detail of fights, deals, and killings that "Sully" and his partners experienced while working undercover. At points, they seemed like they were incapable of human feelings. Although Doyle plays a tough, "fearless" drug dealer who comes off as in-control and intimidating in many scenes, I really felt like I was seeing what it was like to be "in his shoes", as I got lost in the book.
Throughout the book he shows his life not only through his eyes but those of his dealers, "friends", his wife, daughters and parents. Doyle's life as an agent- and his narrative of it- portrays a constant battle between good and bad- light and darkness.
Hot Shots and Heavy Hits is a "true crime" book laced with feelings of compassion, love, and the strength of the human spirit.
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