A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Political Science - 309 pages
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Joey O'Shay is not the real name of the narcotics agent in an unnamed city in the center of the country. But Joey O'Shay exists. The nearly three hundred drug busts he has orchestrated over more than two decades are real, too; if the drug war were a declared war, O'Shay would have a Silver Star.

With nerves and mastery worthy of his subject, Charles Bowden follows O'Shay as he sets in motion his latest conquest, a $50 million heroin deal that originates in Colombia and has federal agents sitting at attention from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to New York City. As it unfolds, O'Shay reveals the unerring instinct and ceaseless vigilance that have led him through minefields and brought down kingpins. But now they have led him to a place where it isn't so clear who the heroes are or what the fight has been for. And still the warrior fights on, in a murky and unforgiving landscape readers will not be able to forget.
 

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Bowden (Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family ) presents the true story of Joey O'Shay, a fictitious name for a seasoned narcotics agent working in an unnamed U.S. city. O'Shay has ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
22
Section 3
48
Section 4
79
Section 5
96
Section 6
128
Section 7
153
Section 8
173
Section 9
192
Section 10
206
Section 11
226
Section 12
259
Section 13
306
Section 14
310
Section 15
313
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Charles Bowden was born in Joliet, Illinois on July 20, 1945. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in American intellectual history from the University of Wisconsin. He completed work toward his doctorate there but walked out while defending his dissertation, because he was frustrated with what he felt were uninformed questions from his review committee. He was a reporter for The Tucson Citizen in the early 1980s. He wrote several books during his lifetime including Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder and Family, Juárez: The Laboratory of Our Future, A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior, Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields, and Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America. He died on August 30, 2014 at the age of 69.

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