Under and Alone by William Queen

Under and Alone

By William Queen

  • Release Date: 2005-04-05
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
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Description

In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a “confidential informant” made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance, not realizing that he was kicking-starting the most extensive undercover operation inside an outlaw motorcycle gang in the history of American law enforcement.

Nor did Queen suspect that he would penetrate the gang so successfully that he would become a fully “patched-in” member, eventually rising through their ranks to the office of treasurer, where he had unprecedented access to evidence of their criminal activity. After Queen spent twenty-eight months as “Billy St. John,” the bearded, beer-swilling, Harley-riding gang-banger, the truth of his identity became blurry, even to himself.

During his initial “prospecting” phase, Queen was at the mercy of crank-fueled criminal psychopaths who sought to have him test his mettle and prove his fealty by any means necessary, from selling (and doing) drugs, to arms trafficking, stealing motorcycles, driving getaway cars, and, in one shocking instance, stitching up the face of a Mongol “ol’ lady” after a particularly brutal beating at the hands of her boyfriend.

Yet despite the constant criminality of the gang, for whom planning cop killings and gang rapes were business as usual, Queen also came to see the genuine camaraderie they shared. When his lengthy undercover work totally isolated Queen from family, his friends, and ATF colleagues, the Mongols felt like the only family he had left. “I had no doubt these guys genuinely loved Billy St. John and would have laid down their lives for him. But they wouldn’t hesitate to murder Billy Queen.”

From Queen’s first sleight of hand with a line of methamphetamine in front of him and a knife at his throat, to the fearsome face-off with their decades-old enemy, the Hell’s Angels (a brawl that left three bikers dead), to the heartbreaking scene of a father ostracized at Parents’ Night because his deranged-outlaw appearance precluded any interaction with regular citizens, Under and Alone is a breathless, adrenaline-charged read that puts you on the street with some of the most dangerous men in America and with the law enforcement agents who risk everything to bring them in.

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews

  • Charged me 3 times the amount!!!!

    1
    By Vuzilla
    I want my money back. The book was advertised at $7.99 but charged me $24.46!!! WTH?!?!?
  • Great Read!

    5
    By ODwon
    The first person telling if this story kept me want more with the turn of each page. Unbelievable sacrifice, hard work and dedication leads William Queen through the underworld of OMG the Mongols. His story provoked my every emotion. If you like motorcycles, intrigued by the Outlaw biker lifestyle but pull for the justice...this book is for you!!
  • Great book!!!

    5
    By Guitargeeek
    This book was a 100% page turner, the story that William Queen wrote keeps you wanting more. I can say with confidence that this book will not disappoint anyone.
  • Awesome!

    5
    By -HATE-
    Great book. You won't be able to put it down!
  • AWSOME!

    5
    By tjd47
    Great book.
  • Great Book

    5
    By Trey50001
    Easy Read
  • Great read!

    5
    By Brad Texas damnit
    I read the whole book in a day and a half. I couldn't put it down. What a great story about a guy that gave up everything for two years and risked his life everyday. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes non-fiction crime, and or biker related stories. This would make a great movie.
  • Under and alone

    4
    By R3ddmann
    I enjoyed this read but couldn't help feeling queen left out a lot of info. Maybe self incriminating info, I will probably read again
  • Very interesting book.

    5
    By Imperial jay m
    Im writing this review and I havent finish the book yet. This book makes you portray a movie in your mind of everything that is going on in the reading. Simply 5 stars!
  • Amazing

    5
    By Mako 162
    Great book

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