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The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil [Kindle Edition]

Bob Hamer
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Bob Hamer is a 26-year veteran of the FBI. In undercover operations Hamer posed as everything from a drug dealer to an aging pedophile. His last undercover assignment-and his hardest-was infiltrating NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Now, looking back on a career rich in the kind of action that makes for great cinema, Bob tells us of the challenges he endured and overcame as he stared the dark side of humanity in the face-and never blinked. It is rare for an agent to serve undercover long-term, but he made a career out of a job that can completely consume and destroy a man. Remarkably, through all of this Bob found a way to remain true to his faith, and always put his family before his work.

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From Publishers Weekly

There have been many books concerning FBI undercover agents on perilous assignments, but this one by a veteran FBI agent goes most of them one better with his full-tilt voyages into the darkest fringes of society. After his training and recruitment into the criminal netherworld, Hamer assumed several identities—such as drug dealer and contract killer—to penetrate the closed societies of the Chinese, Russian and Iraqi mobs. However, Hamer's controlled theatrics are most compelling as he infiltrates the security-obsessed North American Man/Boy Love Association disguised as an aging pedophile, to crack the group and their extensive international network. The sneak peek into that dank society of chicken hawks is illuminating in its depiction of child sexual abuse. With his practiced lies and disciplined behavior, Hamer is a peerless undercover agent, although his book sometimes breaks its narrative focus and wanders into several cases at once. Still, this book possesses power and conviction without being pretentious or pious. (Sept. 12)
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From Booklist

For a quarter of a century, the author was an undercover operative for the FBI, pretending to be drug dealers, killers, burglars, gamblers, and weapons dealers, among other low-lifes. The culmination of his career was his infiltration of NAMBLA, a secret organization of pedophiles; it was also one of his toughest assignments, due to the potential psychological damage that could be incurred when posing as someone so loathsome. This memoir takes us through Hamer’s professional life, from his first undercover assignment in 1980 to the NAMBLA case, which exposed this hitherto hidden club to public scrutiny and condemnation. As a writer, Hamer could not be called a stylist: his prose is straightforward and unadorned. But the stories he tells are compelling, dramatic, and often surprising. Readers familiar with such undercover-themed books as Donnie Brasco (1987) will want to add this to their reading lists. --David Pitt

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  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (September 2, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EODY36
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Up close and personal with pedophilia September 11, 2008
Most FBI agents spend little if any time doing undercover work. Bob Hamer, the author of The Last Undercover, was an exception to the rule. He spent the bulk of his 24 years as an undercover FBI agent, participating in over 20 such operations during his career.

In the course of his work he acted the part of a drug dealer, contract killer, residential burglar, degenerate gambler, international weapons dealer, racehorse fixer, and white-collar criminal. But the vast majority of this book is given over to the telling of his six-year undercover operation as an aging pedophile.

The assignment that he took with great reluctance and personal repugnance was to infiltrate the North American Man/Boy Love Association commonly known as NAMBLA. This hideously distasteful organization purports to fight for the rights of men who believe that the love between a man and a boy is natural and should be legal. They protect themselves by publicly advocating that their members do not and should not participate in any illegal activity.

The FBI was quite certain however that the membership was rife with practicing pedophiles and attempted to lure, yet not entrap, members into participating in "interstate commerce to engage in illicit sexual conduct." The specific ploy that was developed by the FBI was to plan and commence a trip to Mexico where sexual activities with young boys was a guaranteed part of the program.

Hamer's focusing on this final and personally most satisfying undercover operation, gives an elaborately detailed history of this multi-year sting. For those who enjoy an immersion in particulars of criminal activities, this story will be quite satisfying. Unfortunately, many of the other undercover assignments are given rather short shrift.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ugly Truth September 13, 2008
Bob Hamer takes us on a journey into the places that most of us like to pretend don't exist. With a blend of cynicism, humor and brutal honesty, Mr. Hamer details for the reader dangers that any of our families could experience on any given day. Whereas many would turn away from investigating individuals engaged in such repulsive activites, Mr. Hamer went above and beyond, gaining trust and acceptance, in order to get a tremendous series of Federal convictions. The topic is not pretty, but skillfully detailed. The reality of Mr. Hamer's career in the FBI is the stuff of movies. I highly recommend this book to any fan of true crime, police drama or American history. This work should be required reading for all criminal investigators.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tosho September 26, 2008
By Tosho
Most of our attention regarding national security is focused on foreign wars and protecting our homeland from terrorist attack, as well it should be. The Last Undercover draws our attention back to the ever present threat from within our society.

Criminals of all ilks and perversions stalk our streets seeking victims and sick personal satisfaction. Bob Hamer represents the very best of those who sacrifice easy, self-focused lives to catch these predators and put them where they can no longer visit their destruction on others.

This is the best book I've ever read in this genre. If you are inspired by well written books about good kicking evil's butt, get this book as soon as possible and set aside the time to read it straight through.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insight into FBI Undercover Work September 26, 2008
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Bob Hamer was an FBI undercover agent for 26 years. During his time at the Bureau, he participated in investigations ranging from illegal drug trafficking to art theft. His most intense investigation, however, was his infiltration of the North American Man/Boy Love Association, better known as NAMBLA.

In "The Last Undercover," Hamer gives the reader a glimpse into the world of an undercover agent who battles the FBI's bureaucracy while balancing family life against a time-intensive and dangerous career. His belief in God and love of his country are evident throughout. Not only does he believe that God gave him the opportunity to serve in the FBI, he also believes that a small prayer he muttered while ill allowed him the opportunity to pull off one of the greatest investigations of his career. Do not be fooled - this is not a book sprinkled with Biblical quotes. Rather, he is a hard working man asking for the occasional bit of help.

The primary focus of the book is the NAMBLA investigation. Although he paints a sickening picture of what that organization stands for, he does not go into in-depth detail causing one to have nightmares. He does, however, through an easy writing style, give an adequate description of what these "boy lovers" want to do. A crescendo of suspense builds as he adds more nails to the pedophiles' coffins. This culminates in an ending that can't be missed. Throughout his NAMBLA investigation, Hamer reflects back on other cases he's handled throughout his career. Most are dangerous and gut wrenching; some are quite humorous. He makes it clear to the reader that criminals get caught eventually because they put "greed over caution."

I recently heard the author interviewed on "The Laura Ingraham Show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Under and Alone April 27, 2010
Under and Alone.
I am ambivalent about Bob Hamer's The Last Undercover. At times the book was gripping and entertaining, while at other times it was tedious and boring. I read this book as an introduction to Mr. Hamer's very well received Enemies Among Us.
The main thrust of the book concerned Mr. Hamer's undercover investigation of NAMBLA (North America Man/Boy Love Association) and his undercover relationships with the various NAMBLA members. The structure of the book was interesting as Mr. Hamer interspersed his NAMBLA investigation saga with many of his other exciting undercover actions. I found the NAMBLA story to be rather tedious and at times more information than I needed to know. Mr. Hamer's other undercover operations were fascinating and helped to carry this book. I enjoyed Mr. Hammer's recounting of the many unsavory characters he had to deal with and eventually bust. The dark underbelly of American culture is populated with many of these losers and it amazed me how Mr. Hamer was able to maintain both his philosophical and ethical moral compass. I only wish he would have spent a little more time on his non-NAMBLA undercover operations.
This book is not for the squeamish, although Mr. Hamer does a very good job of NOT interjecting gratuitous sex, language or violence. Still, the subject of illicit sex with minors can be objectionable and disconcerting to many readers, so beware.
I can only recommend this book as a paperback. I think the book would have been a lot better if Mr. Hamer had written primarily about other undercover operations and given the NAMBLA story less play. I am looking forward to his new book Enemies Among Us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a big reader, but have read all of ...
Not a big reader, but have read all of Bob Hamer's books and could not put them down until I was finished!
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very exciting.
Published 2 months ago by Nick Servello
1.0 out of 5 stars eeck
I haven't been able to finish it. I love Bob Hamer's books, but this one is hard to swallow and enjoy.
Published 7 months ago by C. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Sneaky sneaky
I really wanted to like this book. I just couldn't. Oh bob what were you thinking? I had no idea who Bob Hamer is prior to reading this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by tony324
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book...a true eye opener!
I found Bob to be a really good writer. This is a great read...but also a tough subject. I would definitely recommend this book... Read more
Published 9 months ago by countryboyatheart
5.0 out of 5 stars NAMBLA
I read it cover to cover and couldn't put it down. Good section on taking down a pedophile ring known as NAMBLA.
Published 10 months ago by S. Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye-Opener
This was a very disturbing read of an FBI agent's encounter with an evil that is very threatening to our children & society. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartbreaking Journey to Justice
Although significant parts of the book were disturbing, I was determined to reach the end where I knew justice waited to be claimed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by V. Vasquez
3.0 out of 5 stars NAMBLA?
My main reason for buying the book was to learn some more about NAMBLA and I did. Thank you much
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
I thought this was a fascinating read! Bob's stories were captivating. It definitely takes someone with steel balls to do this kind of work! Read more
Published 14 months ago by heather40
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