- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (June 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250068630
- ISBN-13: 978-1250068637
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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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The book is well written and effectively paced. The style is almost conversational, with the author seeming to talk with the readers rather than at them. He comes across as sort of a righteous, thinking man's rogue, fully capable of swimming with the sharks, but assiduously defending his country and society from them with intelligence and honor. Highly recommended. And a must for anyone contemplating a career in law enforcement or intelligence; especially that which would involve undercover or other covert work.
Marc does an amazing job of making you feel like you were there feeling his anxiety in pretty scary undercover operations.
Thank goodness we have had UC agents protecting us and now we can get a glimpse of the challenges and talents that confront and are required of FBI agents and undercover personnel.