- Published: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009.
- Year Published: 2009
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: xii, 300 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Ballentine, Jack.
- Police -- Biography. -- Arizona -- Phoenix
- Police -- Biography.
- Undercover operations -- United States.
- TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime
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Murder for hire : my life as the country's most successful undercover agent
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The other side of hell -- Slaying the serpent -- Love struck -- Abandoned by the man -- Kristie and the candy store -- Gun for hire -- Deadeye and the shark -- Can't run fast enough -- Four eyes are better than two -- The karate kid -- The inner circle -- This was the one -- Ma and Pa Kettle's revenge -- Coming in from the outside -- A massage to die for -- The scar face chase -- Just like a kid in a candy store -- Lost in nightmares -- Waiting a lifetime for you -- Time for a change of scenery -- Wayne's strange twisted world -- Regrets? I have one -- Finally, home again.
Jack Ballentine became a Phoenix police officer in 1978 and quickly rose to become one of the world's most successful undercover operatives. His specialty: posing as a hit man. None of the people who hired him had any inkling that he was actually a cop, and he obtained 24 convictions out of 24 indictments on murder conspiracy charges. He worked with criminals of all sorts, from vengeful spouses and partners to the criminally insane, with one thing in common: the desire to have someone killed. In assuming an alternate identity and developing a reputation among the Phoenix underground--bikers, strippers, junkies, and thugs--Ballentine developed an intricate network of sources who kept him extremely busy. All the while, he strove for the semblance of a normal life with a new wife and stepson. His story is a unique look at how law enforcement delves into the heart of the criminal world.--From publisher description.
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