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Hell Hath No Fury Like Jay Dobyns

  • Mar 30, 2009
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This is a raw, real and riveting memoir. Captivating from the first page, NO ANGEL thrusts the reader into the inner world of the outlaw motorcycle gang, the Hells Angels. This is the story of an obsessed man, who with the all-or-nothing mentality in his makeup becomes the first undercover law enforcement agent to penetrate this notorious group. 

The story is conveyed with brutal honesty. Jay Dobyns, using the alias "Bird" relies not only on his memories of the two year ATF case known as "Black Biscuit," but also on surveillance tapes and transcripts. They help provide detailed dialog between the operatives and their suspects. He puts you in the dark rooms, smoke-filled clubhouses, beer-soaked bars and inky tattoo parlors as you witness his transformation from a sandy-haired football star and all-American dad to a scary looking dude with a braided goatee. He becomes Bird. 

He also becomes a patched Hells Angel, sacrificing everything dear to him in the process: his family, his friends, and nearly his soul. In a moment, however, just before the case shuts down, he experiences a revelation. It's not merely about the good and evil among the Hells Angels or in himself, it was the basic understanding this "brotherhood" was "nothing more than a support group for misunderstood loners held together by hate and money." Immersed in this HATE for so long, he ultimately casts it aside for everything he LOVES, and expresses this personal epiphany with tremendous humility. In spite of a disappointing outcome for Black Biscuit and his exposure as an undercover agent, this makes Jay a hero, and makes NO ANGEL a story worth reading. 

There are many characters on both sides of the law and a slew of unfamiliar terminology and acronyms, but photos, glossaries maps and lists are provided to guide the reader. Very well done. 
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April 06, 2009
Intriguing review. Revealing the inner thoughts and feelings of an undercover agent, this memoir seemingly pinpoints how deeply immersed an individual can become in the lives of his subjects.
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The first federal agent to infiltrate the inner circle of the Hells Angels, Dobyns finally tells the inside story of the 21-month operation that almost cost him his family, his sanity, and his life.

Table of Contents:

Birdcalls -- My sucking chest wound -- "You're looking at the loves of my life is what you're looking at." -- Hoedown at Harrah's -- Black Biscuit BBQ -- Rudy wanted to know where I did my time -- Too broke for Sturgis, where Timmy learned the fine art of fetching sauerkraut -- Jesus hates a pussy -- First night in Mesa -- I wanna what? -- Why'd Jack give me that rock? -- Teaching teacher -- Feeding Smitty his cake -- "Fuck your guns!" -- Good-bye, Carlos -- We want you -- Gimme a B! gimme an I! gimme an R! gimme a D! -- Five years in the desert -- Arresting Rudy Kramer -- Hello, JJ -- Pep talk -- "Motherfucker, if I ever see you in this town again I will fucking bury you in the desert where no one will ever fucking find you." -- Inhale--exhale--inhale--exhale-- -- Jingle bells, Batman smells, etc. -- The solo temporaries -- Will you be mine? -- "9-1-1! 9-1-1! Get out of the house!" -- The iron skillet -- "Look, lady, it's not like I don't give a fuck what you're saying, but I don't give a fuck what you're saying." -- Hoover's hit -- No more solos -- Big Lou and Gayland Hammack run some game -- "Get me that brown mustard, not that yellow shit." -- Hydroxycut highway -- Bottom rockers are us -- Call to...
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ISBN-10: 0307405869 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780307405869 (pbk.)
Author: Jay Dobyns , Nils Johnson-Shelton
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Date Published: February 2, 2010
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