Murder for Hire: My Life As the Country's Most Successful Undercover Agent

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Macmillan, Jun 9, 2009 - True Crime - 320 pages
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Jack Ballentine became a Phoenix police officer in 1978 and quickly rose to the top as one of the world's most successful undercover operatives. His specialty: posing as an undercover hit man. None of the people who hired him had any inkling that he was actually a cop, and his work led to a perfect rate of twenty-four convictions out of twenty-four indictments on murder conspiracy charges.

Murder for Hire is Ballentine's story. He worked with criminals of all sorts, from vengeful spouses and partners to the criminally insane, all who had one thing in common: the desire to have someone killed. Ballentine could change his character at the drop of a hat, often imitating characters and "bad guys" from television and movies. In assuming an alternate identity and developing a reputation among the Phoenix underground---bikers, strippers, junkies, and thugs---he developed an intricate network of sources who fed him work and kept him extremely busy.

All the while, the author strove for the semblance of a normal life and balanced his rough-and-tumble career with a new wife and stepson. His story is a unique look at how law enforcement delves into the heart of the criminal world.

 

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Contents

1 The Other Side of Hell
1
2 Slaying the Serpent
7
3 Love Struck
18
4 Abandoned by the Man
30
5 Kristie and the Candy Store
39
6 Gun for Hire
45
7 Deadeye and the Shark
61
8 Cant Run Fast Enough
75
14 Coming in from the Outside
146
15 A Massage to Die For
158
16 The Scar Face Chase
176
17 Just Like a Kid in a Candy Store
191
18 Lost in Nightmares
217
19 Waiting a Lifetime for You
233
20 Time for a Change of Scenery
250
21 Waynes Strange Twisted World
259

9 Four Eyes Are Better than Two
81
10 The Karate Kid
90
11 The Inner Circle
114
12 This Was the One
128
13 Ma and Pa Kettles Revenge
137
22 Regrets? I Have One
278
23 Finally Home Again
285
Index
291
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Jack Ballentine became a Phoenix police officer in 1978 and quickly rose to the top as one of the world's most successful undercover operatives. He also served as a homicide detective for the Phoenix Police Department. He is a three-time Police Officer of the Year, and has been awarded both the International Investigator of the Year and the Medal of Merit. He currently serves as the Director of Investigations for the Phoenix Fire Department. He lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife.

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