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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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In this gritty exposé, a firsthand look inside U.S. undercover operations targeting the immigrant smuggling, counterfeiting, and drug rings of Mexico’s dangerous mafia.
Living under an assumed identity and risking his life were all in a day’s work for U.S. Government Agent Hipolito Acosta. He worked regularly in high-stakes undercover operations infiltrating Mexico’s murderous immigrant smuggling rings and drug cartels.
Acosta’s investigations are legendary, both inside law enforcement and the crime cartels he helped neutralize. He had himself smuggled from Mexico to Chicago with a truckload of poor immigrants; worked his way into the confidences of a gang of international counterfeiters; socialized with some of Mexico’s most vicious drug lords; arrested a female smuggler by luring her across the U.S. border for an amorous rendezvous; and was the target of multiple murder plots by the criminals he put in jail.
For three decades, Hipolito Acosta’s work routinely made national headlines, and he quickly gained a reputation as a daring crime fighter who used his intelligence and audacity to stay one step ahead of those who would kill him if his cover were ever blown.
Acosta’s stories read like chapters from a page-turning crime novel, but The Shadow Catcher is more than a front-seat ride through the criminal underworld along the U.S./Mexico border. This heartbreaking exposé goes beyond sensational headlines and medals of honor to divulge what an agent endures in order to ensure that U.S. law is enforced and to reveal the unseen human side of illegal immigration.
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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!
Have to admit that I was disappointed in the fact that even though he endangered his life and the life of his family so greatly, that the people he arrested got off so easily. It "pains" me to think that the people responsible for properly handling these terrible criminals did not do their job and it is evident to me that they are still not doing their job. That is why there are so many illegals in the U.S. today. All of these problems with illegals should have been stopped properly.
Yes, I feel sorry for the illegals, but their own country should be ashamed of not treating them properly - not us.
5 Stars all the way. Great Read!
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