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The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI by [Ruskin, Marc]
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Editorial Reviews


The Pretender is a fascinating read into the dark life of an Undercover Agent. It takes the reader to places they would not dare to venture. A book one cannot put down. Nor does one want it to end.” ―Joseph Pistone aka Donnie Brasco

"There's grit, suspense, and danger on every page of Marc Ruskin's The Pretender. It grabs you on the first page and takes you on a heart-in-your-mouth ride - and the excitement is truly chilling because you know it's all true. I loved The Pretender.” ―Howard Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Goodnight and Dark Invasion

"Marc Ruskin is a natural storyteller, and two decades of FBI undercover work gave him plenty to tell. My advice is pull up a comfortable chair, get a beverage from the cooler, and enjoy this peek into Marc’s unique and improbable adventure." ―Mike German, former FBI agent (1988-2004), former ACLU lobbyist (2006-2013), author of Thinking Like a Terrorist, and co-writer of the feature film Imperium.

"Having practiced criminal law for over 50 years and cross examined hundreds of law enforcement professionals and undercover agents, I thought I knew it all. The Pretender is written with such detail that it put me front and center in an entirely new, dark world of criminality. Wow." ―Murray "Don't Worry Murray" Richman, New York Criminal Lawyer and Former President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL)

"It's said that the two most important days in our lives is when we're born and when we figure out why. Marc Ruskin was born to be an undercover operative for the FBI but didn't know it until he became one. The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI reads like a thriller and written in street savvy-style, replete with details of the undercover lifestyle never before revealed. A winner...." ―Patrick W. Picciarelli, co-author of Street Warrior: The Story of the NYPD's Most Decorated Detective and the Era That Created Him.

About the Author

MARC RUSKIN spent 20 years as an FBI Special Agent for which he was awarded five commendations. A graduate of Vassar College and Cardozo Law School. Ruskin also served on the staff of U.S. Senator Daniel Moynihan and as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn. Following his retirement from the FBI in 2012, he has divided his time between a law practice in New York and Liaoning Province, China, where he writes and studies Mandarin.

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  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250068630
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (June 6, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2017
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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