Murder for Hire

My Life As the Country's Most Successful Undercover Agent

Jack Ballentine

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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After joining the Phoenix Police Department in 1978, Jack Ballentine quickly rose to the top as one of the nation's most sycessful undercover operatives.  His specialty: posing as a hit man.  Ballentine led a schizophrenic life, changing assumed identities at the drop of a hat as he developed a network in the criminal underworld and was "hired" to kill business partners, spouses, or, in one case, a couple's son.  In twenty-four cases, he produced a 100 percent conviction rate on murder conspiracy charges.  Murder For Hire details his most shocking assignments while also showing how he balanced his rouch-and-tumble assignments with the demands of his personal life as he built a family with his new stepson.  Ballentine's story is a gritty and revealing look at how law enforcement delves into the heart of the criminal world.

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“Jack Ballentine is a force to be reckoned with. Murder for Hire delves into the seedy netherworld of murder for hire, close scrapes, and life under cover. A fascinating read.”—Kerrie Droban, author of Running with the Devil: The True Story of the ATF’s Inflitration of the Hells Angels

“He effectively captures the violence and degradation of underclass criminality, where the lives of drug dealers, bikers, white supremacists, prostitutes, strippers and career criminals intersect.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
"A unique look at how law enforcement delves into the heart of the criminal world."--The Arizona Law Channel
 
"A fascinating close-up of the criminal world."—Booklist
 
"An undercover cop's raw voice, filled with outrage and sometimes humor, with the kind of details that can't be made up . . . A fascinating close-up of the criminal world."--Booklist

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Jack Ballentine

Jack Ballentine served as a police officer and a homicide detective for the Phoenix Police Department.  He was a three-time Police Officer of the Year, was awarded both the International Investigator of the Year and the Medal of Merit, and was profiled in USA Today.  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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Murder for Hire
My Life As the Country's Most Successful Undercover Agent
Jack Ballentine

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
February 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312667771
ISBN10: 0312667779
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, 8 page black-and-white insert
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
June 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429968850
ISBN10: 1429968850
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes eight pages of black-and-white photographs
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