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

From the Publisher:

Bombings, hired killings, a ruthless criminal boss out to control the underworld, and an elite group of street-tough cops hell-bent on stopping it all. It has the makings for a classic crime novel--only in this case it's all completely true. The Road to Hell, by investigative journalists Julian Sher and William Marsden, is the most comprehensive, compelling, and painstakingly researched tome to ever chronicle the rise of Canadian biker gangs and the police forces that fight them. The book uses never-before-published police reports, memos, and files from confidential informants to tell the riveting story of a biker war that began in the early 1990s and stretched from Vancouver to Halifax. During one murderous decade, when police and prosecutors failed to first recognize and then subdue the gangs, there were "at least 157 murders, 167 attempted killings and 16 disappearances" attributed to bikers. In the end, the Hells Angels and Maurice "Mom" Boucher, their bloodthirsty barrel-chested criminal Svengali of a leader, reigned supreme. They decimated or absorbed their fellow biker gangs, controlled the flow of drugs through all of Canada's major ports, and ruled the street drug trade. Today, after police finally got organized and hit back, Boucher and other top bikers languish in jail, though their gang still dominates the streets. The Road to Hell tells you how they got there, and does it with the grit, panache, and guts the story deserves. --Craig Silverman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.






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