The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs are Conquering Canada

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Knopf Canada, Jun 11, 2010 - True Crime
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In this definitive, up-to-the-minute account of the Hells Angels in Canada, two veteran journalists investigate why the recent imprisonment of feared biker leader, Maurice “Mom” Boucher, is too little, too late.

By the spring of 2002, Boucher was safely in prison but the Hells Angels had grown to 37 chapters with close to 600 members across the country. They had taken over the drug trade and continued their rapid expansion into Ontario with a recent, high-profile enlistment -- or patchover -- of 168 members from other gangs. In Winnipeg, gang warfare turned ugly as the Hells muscled out the competition and firebombed a policeman’s home. In Vancouver, they secured a stranglehold on smuggling in the all-important West Coast port.

The Road to Hell is the story of how the Hells have taken over the Canadian crime scene: how politicians dithered while overburdened prosecutors burned out and lost major cases; how police brass squabbled while a handful of dedicated cops worked years to amass their evidence; how a few citizens stood up the bikers and paid for that bravery with their lives. Murder plots, drug deals, money laundering and assassinations are brought to life through never-before-revealed police files, wiretaps and surveillance tapes. In gripping prose, the authors tell all about Boucher’s war on the justice system; how he finally lost in Quebec, thanks in part to Danny Kane, a reluctant biker turned informer; but how across Canada the Hells have succeeded in building a national crime empire.

The RCMP and then the police in Montreal would run Danny Kane as one of the most successful -- and most secretive -- agents ever to infiltrate organized crime. Kane would climb all the way to the top: from a lowly hangaround to a trusted confidante of the Quebec Nomads, the elite chapter led by the top Hells Angels lieutenants of Maurice “Mom” Boucher. And through his entire six-year-career as a spy, few people -- even inside the police -- would ever know about his dangerous double life. -- from The Road to Hell


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Review: The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs Are Conquering Canada

User Review  - Nick Piers - Goodreads

Mostly read for my own writing research, I found this to be a great insight into the biker gang world. Not only did I learn about its hierarchies, but also their methods, and ideals. Sher and Marsden ... Read full review

Review: The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs Are Conquering Canada

User Review  - Jacqueline Barton - Goodreads

Entranced by the the under world of bikers, thrilled to read a tell all of the history of the Canadian road to hell... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
PART I
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
PART V
SEVENTEEN
EIGHTEEN
Afterword
Chronology of Key Events

PART II
SEVEN
EIGHT
NINE
PART III
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
PART IV
THIRTEEN
THE MANY FACES OF DANY KANE
THE KANE FILE
THE NOMADS
THE KILLER
AND HIS VICTIMS
LAW AND ORDER
FROM SEA TO SEA
Acknowledgements
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Julian Sher is the author of the award-winning, national bestseller, “Until You Are Dead”: Steven Truscott’s Long Ride into History. For 10 years he was investigative producer with CBC’s the fifth estate, where his work garnered a Gemini and the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service. He lives in Montreal.

William Marsden is the senior investigative reporter for The Gazette in Montreal. He has won two National Newspaper Awards and three Judith Jasmin Awards -- Quebec’s highest award for journalism. He recently co-produced an hour-long documentary on the Hells Angels for CBC’s the fifth estate. He lives in Montreal.


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