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Billy Chase could be killed at any moment. He is arguably the finest undercover cop fighting drugs. He has put away many big-time drug dealers and even infiltrated the Gambino crime family. Now they want him dead and if the drug gangs don't get him, his fellow law enforcement officers may.
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The melodramatic saga of Connecticut narcotics agent Chase, who infiltrated drug gangs from street dealers to the Gambino crime family. Chase recalls going to a 1981 pickup basketball game and stumbling onto the murder scene of Frank ``Cigars'' Piccolo, ``the most powerful mobster'' in the state. From then on, for reasons never made clear, ``the mafia'' became ``his ultimate goal.'' He left his job with the Department of Corrections; became a policeman in rural Monroe and, in 1984, joined a Bridgeport police department rife with corruption and dissension (there's a great deal about this, though it never really has an impact on Chase's story). He wanted to be in the vice division, he says, so he could ``do Miami Vice shit.'' During his early days, he went undercover at the city sewage treatment plant to investigate employees, infiltrated the staff of the Bridgeport Post and then did the same for the Dicks family--allegedly in control of the local heroin market for John Gotti's brother, Gene. (Chase, a former high-school basketball star, is somehow never identified as an undercover policeman in his medium-sized hometown.) Named to the statewide Narcotics Task Force, Chase infiltrated Colombian, Jamaican, and Puerto Rican gangs and, once, found himself the lone black man at a Mafia stag party, where ``me with high-flying gestures discussed low-down deals.'' His success in bringing ``drug kingpins''--all of them apparently willing to do ``hand-to-hand'' deals at fast-food restaurants--brought him little good. Following serious injuries, death threats, nightmares, and a brutal beating at the hands of a suspected crack dealer, Chase retired with disability and is living in hiding. He has appealed to authorities to provide retired undercover cops new lives similar to those in witness protection programs. Serious, intriguing stuff rendered trite with hyperbole and tough-guy talk. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Chase, a former undercover cop, and crime writer Grimaldi have teamed up to write an account of the policeman's professional life. On one level, it tells of the dangers confronting undercover policemen, particularly minority officers who often are mistaken for the criminals they are trying to catch. On another level, it's the story of one man's war against drugs that could easily be turned into a TV series, each chapter a different episode filled with excitement. However, the last show would not have a happy and tidy ending; sticking to the real-life story, it would show Chase being left to fend for himself after being disabled on the job. It would also reveal that even after his retirement, some of the people he helped to convict are looking for him to get revenge. Fans of police and true crime books are sure to find this very interesting. Recommended for all public libraries.
- Anita L. Cole, Miami-Dade P.L. System, Fla.
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Book Description New Horizon Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11088282077X
Book Description New Horizon Press, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M088282077X
Book Description New Horizon Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX088282077X