90 Church : The True Story of the Narcotics Squad from Hell Paperback
by Dean Unkefer
From 1950 through the late 1960s, America feared two great enemies: Communism and illegal drugs.
While the espionage stories have been well publicised, the war against drugs was far more violent and has remained mostly secret.
In New York City, the centre of organised crime and drug import, the offices of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics were based at 90 Church Street.
While the FBI refused even to acknowledge organised crime, these agents stood alone against a well-organised Mafia and vicious drug cartels.
To survive against impossible odds, the agents used incredibly brutal and cunning tactics to make cases and bring the war to a stalemate. Using an ever-expanding network of criminal informants held together by secret immunity deals, the sinister reputation of 90 Church grew along with the rising body count.
In 1968, alarmed politicians launched an ill-fated investigation into the Bureau's operations.
Accusations were made against the agents, and now fighting a war on two fronts, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was dissolved and its agents discredited. Though some names and sequences have been changed to protect identities, 90 Church is the real story of a young agent's downward slide into hell as he falls victim to addiction, deception, violence, and shifting loyalties.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/04/2013
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9780753540725
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Review by WLR11
I must say that I was not sure what to expect, however, from the minute I started reading I was hooked. The author, Dean Unkefer, shares straight from his soul about the rise and fall of 90 Church, "The Narcotics Squad from Hell". Unkefer did not hold back in sharing his personal memories about the iconic 90 Church that can never be duplicated. His writing flowed at an amazing pace, I felt as though he was sitting with me in the same room telling his tale. Numerous times I found myself thinking, how does one endure such tragedy and live another day to talk about it? The agents of 90 Church pulled off more than a lifetime of incredible feats while they dedicated their lives to ridding America of mafia drug trade. Like scenes out of a mob movie, they were in the center of some of the most horrific and sinister drug wars. The author did not sugar coat one minute of what he and 90 Church endured, it was raw and at times it was beyond comprehension. There was even emphasis on the government agent side of the coin versus that of the mafia and the codes within the dark underground drug world. The author saw things in his life that many of us will never even have nightmares about. Unkefer shared a part of history that surely deserved more recognition and public awareness upon it's disbandment. I am motivated to take the author's suggested readings and learn more about this incredible group of dedicated warriors for justice. This book is not for the light at heart and you should not read it if you cannot handle the graphic nature within. I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in true crime and non-fiction history. This memoir reads life fiction and it is a truly outstanding read. I give 4.5 stars and commend the author for having the courage to share.flag