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The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico's Deadly Crime Cartels Hardcover – April 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451632878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451632873
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hipolito Acosta's world has been one of shadows and danger of a kind seldom seen or even imagined by the average American." --Hugh Aynesworth, Washington Times

“A gut-wrenching law-enforcement yarn, simultaneously frightening and uplifting.” –Kirkus Reviews

"Acosta's account of his undercover activities is not only an exciting read but also a strong refutation of those who see illegal immigration as a victimless crime. He is a true American hero with a great story to tell." --Jeff Davidow, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

"For much of its history, America's doors have been guarded by quiet heroes. Poli's story provides an unparalleled glimpse of their world from the front lines of the border wars. It was an honor to have seen his work in real time and to understand his work with the benefit of this book twenty years later. It is both timely and timeless in its lessons." --Former U.S. Attorney, Ira Raphaelson

"Acosta’s rare glimpse into international organized crime from a federal undercover agent’s point of view reads like an action thriller jammed with shady characters and dreamers. Where’s the sequel?" --El Paso Times

"Hipolito gives an insightful look into a world in which few people are allowed to witness. His stories gives us an eye opening account of the harsh realities that many undocumented immigrants encounter while trying to reach the United States. " --Jose M. Hernandez, Former NASA Astronaut

"The Shadow Catcher is a page turner for our time. You will not think of the immigration the same after reading it."--Tony Diaz, author and founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

"An interesting and often gripping glimpse of the seamiest aspects of an ongoing problem that both the U.S. and Mexico must confront." --Booklist

"The Shadow Catcher is a heroic narrative in which you not only find yourself infiltrating the immigrant- smuggling rings side by side with Acosta, but you also operate deep undercover to capture the criminals."--Texas Monthly

About the Author

Hipolito Acosta is the most highly decorated officer in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Nationalization Service. The son of Mexican-American migrant workers, Acosta rose through the ranks from Border Patrol Agent to a key position in the Department of Homeland Security. Acosta and his wife live in Texas.

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The twists and turns of Mr Acosta's life is amazing.
Eneida V. Pleasant
This story takes you through what is happening in the world of immigration and the ongoing struggle to bring try to bring it under control.
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I couldn't put it down - just kept thinking "one more chapter", until I finished reading the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Backsight Forethought on April 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With so much focused on the "bigger picture", it's historically fascinating to see the point-of-view of an agent on the ground.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Smith on April 25, 2012
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First of all I consider the Author Hipolito Acosta a friend. I am also a retired Agent from the old INS, have spent nearly 27 years as a Border Patrol Agent and Special Agent. Mr. Acosta's book brought back many, many memories or cases I too had worked on. However, I never had the occasion to go undercover like he did and put my life at further risk. From start to finish I was almost unable to put the book down. His descriptions about how things worked in the old INS, how cases were run OR not run, was very very accurate. Only somebody who had been there and done it like him could relate to many of those situations. This book is very, very factual and accurate. There is no "sugar-coating" of anything in order to be more politically correct or to make it a better story. He pulled no punches when he talked about political in-fighting between the Border Patrol,INS Investigations and U.S. Customs. One of his best qualities as a writer, in my opinion, is that while he may have been the person going undercover, and in the greatest danger, he went to great lengths to praise and thank his partners who helped to back him up and keep him and others safe. Many people would have downplayed the parts of others, but not this author.

Not only is Hipolito Acosta is a true hero as far as I am concerned for having done the things he did, he is a gentleman and a wonderful person too. In nearly 27 years I never met anybody like him. And now, he is a great author!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Garcia on March 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Acosta is a master in telling his life story in a credible manner. I know... I worked him..

This book is masterfully written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pokey on April 22, 2012
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It is a very well written book. Keeps a person interested in every detail of the cases Mr. Acosta solved. Can not wait for a movie to come out of this book so much suspense in it. It is a very good book to read. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RSC on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great Book Hipolito (Poli) Acosta. Nothing has changed in all the years I've known you as you continue to excel in whatever you do regardless of any obstacles placed in your path. Your intelligence, personality and natural abilities have served you well working undercover allowing you to get close to many crooks who would not have given most UC's a second glance. As to the officers in your career who turned a cold shoulder to a "brother" in need, they should be ashamed and regret it for the rest of their lives.
Congratulations Poli and good luck on your next book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Archer on May 16, 2012
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I thought the book was well written. It is interesting to read about what law enforcement goes through to protect us. I enjoyed reading about the adventures the agents go thru to bring the outlaws to justice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. K. Schiller on May 14, 2012
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if you liked Marcus Luttrell's the Lone Survivor you will LOVE this book

it was AMAZING I could NOT put it down

his look from the inside as a Federal Agent fighting crime against the cartel was truly riveting

Best Book I have read ALL YEAR
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Becky on April 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To begin the book was non-stop action and suspense. It kept me in tuned through the entire book and was hard to put down. Never having been in a life threatening situation that Acosta has, but my heart was beating fast when his undercover cases got scary and he had no help. His work was unbelievable and I am thankful that he was able to live to tell about it. The way that Acosta places you in the moment is so vivid that you can smell the chili con carne and see multiple illegal's run for the border in the dark. The upsetting parts were that you could see all the hard work that he was putting into his undercover operations for such a small sentence for some of these criminals or the non-cooperation from other agencies. You can't help it, but to get frustrated along with Acosta. He keeps you grasping for more, keeps the book interesting and I am waiting on more to come. He truly is an inspiration and his work should be treasured in a book to have forever.
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