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THE WASHINGTON STING., Conconi, Charles and House, Toni.
1 Conconi, Charles and House, Toni. THE WASHINGTON STING.
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York, 1979, second impression. 
255 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Here is the dramatic and only inside account of the undercover police-FBI fencing operation - featuring cops in the guise of syndicate soldiers - whose stunning success put the 'Washington Sting' in headlines across the nation. Word was out on the street in Washington, D.C., that one of the best fences in years was working out of a warehouse on 25th Place, NE. PFF Inc., run by 'mob-connected' Italians, was buyi n g u p s t o len guns, office equipment, anything with resale value. Thieves all over the Washington area were soon submitting to the hard dealing of the gun-wielding Mafiosi, looking for quick cash and an association with the mighty aristocracy o f c ri me . As t he fence's main man, Pasquale Larocca, critically examined the typewriter or rifle offered across his bulletproof counter, and in one corner Mike Franzino cradled his shotgun in casual warning, there was no suspicion of a weapo n d ea dl y i n a d i ffe ren t way: a videotape machine which recorded every transaction from behind an unnoticed one-way mirror. 'Pasquale Larocca' and 'Mike Franzino' were the aliases of two of the undercover team of police and FBI men organize d to fi ght Was hing ton 's hig h la rceny statistics down at the underworld source. And five months after the opening of 'Police-FBI Fencing, Incognito' - five months of tense bargaining with suspicious professionals and comic encounters with f awnin g fl unki es an d pro stit ute s - t he fe nce closed around more than 200 criminals invited to meet a New York 'Don' at a party hosted by Larocca. They met, instead, with police. The single account of the caper written with the cooperation of the poli ce an d FBI and wi th fu ll a ccess to the incriminating videotapes, here is a true story of police politics and mayhem, streetwise ingenuity and volatile temperaments, told to authentic narrative effect with complete, uncensored detai l." Ve ry lig ht bro wning to edge s of t extbl ock, l ight wr inkling at top of spine, minor rubbing. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, slight fading to spine color, very light browning on flap-folds and edges of rear panel, minor s oiling. Very G ood/Ver y Good - 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
DIRTY TRICKS OR TRUMP CARDS:  U.S. COVERT ACTION AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE., Godson, Roy.
2 Godson, Roy. DIRTY TRICKS OR TRUMP CARDS: U.S. COVERT ACTION AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE.
Brassey's, Washington, 1995, first edition. 
337 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1574880349 "Are covert operations merely 'dirty tricks' or can they be trump cards, skillfully played to provide decisive advantages in world politics? Throughout history, what has hap pened to states that have developed and effectively used these covert instruments - and to those that have not? What is needed to maintain effective covert capabilities? Roy Godson, one of the country's foremost experts on intelligence, u n t a n g l e s fact from fiction and provides often surprising answers to these provocative questions. Drawing on scholarly literature, broad-ranging contacts and discussions with foreign intelligence services, considerable experience as a cons ul ta nt t o th e U. S. intelligence community, and his own research, Dr. Godson traces the history of U.S. covert action and counterintelligence, focusing on its successes and failures. As the United States struggles to deal with new challenges to its se cur it y - r egi ona l , ethnic, and religious conflicts; weapons proliferation; terrorism; and organized crime - this groundbreaking study explains the circumstances under which covert capabilities can be used most effectively." Slight wr inkl ing at b ott om o f s pine . D us t jacket has minor rubbing and minor edge wrinkling. VG+/VG+ 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
HANDGUN DIGEST., Grennell, Dean A.  (Wiley Clapp, J.D. Jones, Chuck Karwan, Tom Ferguson, Claud S. Hamilton, Jack Mitchell, Dave Corbin, Roger Combs, William F. Vanderpool, Joe Wright.)
3 Grennell, Dean A. (Wiley Clapp, J.D. Jones, Chuck Karwan, Tom Ferguson, Claud S. Hamilton, Jack Mitchell, Dave Corbin, Roger Combs, William F. Vanderpool, Joe Wright.) HANDGUN DIGEST.
DBI, Northbrook, IL, 1987. 
256 pp, 10 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 0873490134 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. Contents: Handguns - An Overview; Handgun Safety; Handguns in Competition; Handgun Big Game Hunting; Handgun Collecting; Handguns for Law Enforcement; Ance stry and Development of the Detective Special; The Glaser's a Hell-Raiser; Birth of a Wildcat (.45 Special); Handgun Cartridges; Homebrewed Handgun Ballistics; Basic Handgun Care and Maintenance; Handgun Bulletmaking; Reloading Handgun Ammuni t i o n ; H andgun Holsters; FBI Firearms Training; The Handgun Hunter's Contender; The Last ASP; Instructing Beginning Handgunners; Test-Firing Techniques and Equipment; I Can't Collect Handguns; Manufacturers Directory. Interior - slight brownin g to p ag es , o therwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, two small soft edge creases. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S TOP COUNTER-TERRORIST FORCES.  CONCORD 5001., Katz, Samuel M.
4 Katz, Samuel M. THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S TOP COUNTER-TERRORIST FORCES. CONCORD 5001.
Concord, Hong Kong, 1995. 
256 pp, 11 1/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 9623616023 B&w and color photographs. Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Americas (Argentina / Brazil / Canada / Colombia / Mexico / USA - FBI HRT - Marshals Service SOG - Army Military - Washington D.C. ERT - NYPD ESU - LAPD SWAT - Seattle ERT - Chicago HBT - Portland SERT - Metro-Dade SRT - Las Vegas SWAT - Kansas City TRT); Europe (Austria / Belgium / Denmark / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Hungary / Ireland / Italy / Netherlands / N orway / Poland / Portugal / Russia / Spain / Switzerland / UK - SAS, SBS - Police Units); Middle East & Africa (Egypt / Israel - IDF - Border Guards & Police Units / Jordan / South Africa); Asia & Oceania (Australia / China / Hong Kong / India / I n d onesia / Japan / Korea / Macao / New Zealand / Pakistan / Singapore / Taiwan / Thailand). Interior - small bump at bottom corner of pages from page 207 to end of book, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - mino r r ub bi ng, crease at bottom corner of rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
IN STALIN'S SECRET SERVICE.  MEMOIRS OF THE FIRST SOVIET MASTER SPY TO DEFECT., Krivitsky, W.G.  Introduction by Sam Tanenhaus.
5 Krivitsky, W.G. Introduction by Sam Tanenhaus. IN STALIN'S SECRET SERVICE. MEMOIRS OF THE FIRST SOVIET MASTER SPY TO DEFECT.
Enigma, New York, 2000, second printing. 
306 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1929631030 B&w photographs. "Krivitsky was the first high-ranking Soviet intelligence official ot defect and reveal his secrets in 1939. In England in 1940, he came very close to unma sking the circle of Soviet spies inside Britain's intelligence service led by Kim Philby, the 'Cambridge 5' spy ring. Europe was too dangerous for him to hide in. He was convinced he would be safe in America. But he was trapped by all the secr e t s he carried with him. Stalin had to act quickly to protect his vast espionage network. From that moment on there would be no escape from the Soviet assassination squad." Small bump at bottom of front hinge, one very small corner crease, bir th da y greeting in ink with a young boy's photograph sealed inside a plastic CD envelope at rear of the book. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
AMERICAN GUN:  A HISTORY OF THE U.S. IN TEN FIREARMS., Kyle, Chris.  With William Doyle.  Editorial contributions by Jim Defelice.  Foreword and afterword by Taya Kyle.
6 Kyle, Chris. With William Doyle. Editorial contributions by Jim Defelice. Foreword and afterword by Taya Kyle. AMERICAN GUN: A HISTORY OF THE U.S. IN TEN FIREARMS.
New York William Morrow 2013 0062242717 / 9780062242716 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
302 pp, 9 1/4" H. Pictorial endpapers, b&w illustrations. "Drawing on his unmatched firearms knowledge and combat experience, Kyle carefully chose ten guns to help tell (American history): the American long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt. 45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson submachine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. Through them, he revisits thrilling turning points in American history, including the single sniper shot that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettsyburg, the 'gun that won the West', and the weapons that gave U.S. soldiers an edge in the world wars and beyond. This is also the story of how firearms innovation, creativity, and industrial genius has constantly pushed American history - and power - forward." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HELLS ANGELS:  INTO THE ABYSS.  (HELL'S), Lavigne, Yves.
7 Lavigne, Yves. HELLS ANGELS: INTO THE ABYSS. (HELL'S)
Toronto HarperCollins 1996 0002552868 / 9780002552868 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
305 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "(S)trips away the glamorous image of the notorious gang and reveals its 'brothers' for what they are: murderers, drug dealers and big businessmen with an eye to expanding their territory. (This) is the incredible story of one man, FBI informant Anthony Tait, who accomplished what law enforcement officials had believed was impossible - on a bet with two Alaska police officers for a steak dinner and a bottle of bourbon, he became the only person ever to infiltrate the Hells Angels organization. After only six years as a Hells Angel, Tait rose up in the ranks to become the right-hand man of Sonny Barger, the famous leader of the Club. By the time the FBI sting operation had reached its conclusion, 42 Hells Angels - including Sonny Barger himself - were jailed on various drug, weapons and murder charges. With the threat of Hells Angels expansion ever-present, and biker wars erupting in cities where the influence of the Hells Angels was once invisible, 'Into the Abyss' is both a chilling true-crime story and a timely warning about the danger in our own backyard." Minor edge rubbing, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
HELLS ANGELS:  INTO THE ABYSS.  (HELL'S), Lavigne, Yves.
8 Lavigne, Yves. HELLS ANGELS: INTO THE ABYSS. (HELL'S)
Toronto HarperCollins 1996 0002552868 / 9780002552868 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
305 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "(S)trips away the glamorous image of the notorious gang and reveals its 'brothers' for what they are: murderers, drug dealers and big businessmen with an eye to expanding their territory. (This) is the incredible story of one man, FBI informant Anthony Tait, who accomplished what law enforcement officials had believed was impossible - on a bet with two Alaska police officers for a steak dinner and a bottle of bourbon, he became the only person ever to infiltrate the Hells Angels organization. After only six years as a Hells Angel, Tait rose up in the ranks to become the right-hand man of Sonny Barger, the famous leader of the Club. By the time the FBI sting operation had reached its conclusion, 42 Hells Angels - including Sonny Barger himself - were jailed on various drug, weapons and murder charges. With the threat of Hells Angels expansion ever-present, and biker wars erupting in cities where the influence of the Hells Angels was once invisible, 'Into the Abyss' is both a chilling true-crime story and a timely warning about the danger in our own backyard." Minor wear on bottom of boards. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, soft creases at top of front flap. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
9 Littleton, James. TARGET NATION: CANADA AND THE WESTERN INTELLIGENCE NETWORK.
Toronto Lester & Orpen Dennys 1986 0886191181 / 9780886191184 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
228 pp, 9 1/2" H. "(A)s military connections between Canada and the U.S. grow ever closer, urgent questions have arisen: do the CIA and other American intelligence organizations manipulate our Canadian intelligence services? How much national autonomy do our intelligence agencies really have? These disturbing questions were brought to (the author's) attention in conversations with authorities at the highest levels of government. Over the last six years he has conducted his investigation through interviews with key players in the RCMP, the new Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and other branches of both the Canadian and the U.S. governments. Many of them spoke to him with surprising frankness. Here, Littleton exposes the unwritten, secret agreements that exist among the Canadian intelligence services, the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies - without the full knowledge of our top government officials. He reveals how the intelligence services were part of the American attempt to implicate Lester Pearson as a Soviet spy, the dramatic increase in the power of the Canadian intelligence services since the end of the Second World War, and the efforts of the Diefenbaker, Pearson and Trudeau governments to come to grips with U.S. demands to use Canada as a strategic military zone between the two superpowers. As the cold war escalates, so does the pressure on Canad to accommodate Star Wars, Cruise missile testings, and other schemes that require the use of Canadian territory. (This) is a fascinating, disturbing account of how, in the family of the Western intelligence network, the closely linked interests of the secret services are sometimes placed before the welfare of Canada." A few tiny bumps to fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, three tiny scuffs. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE TRUE 'INTREPID': SIR WILLIAM STEPHENSON AND THE UNKNOWN AGENTS., Macdonald, Bill.
10 Macdonald, Bill. THE TRUE 'INTREPID': SIR WILLIAM STEPHENSON AND THE UNKNOWN AGENTS.
Timberholme, Surrey, British Columbia, 1998, first edition. 
429 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1894254015 B&w illustrations. "The true story of Winnipeg born William Stephenson (known as 'Intrepid'), his career, and the secret World War II espionage organization, British Securit y Coordination, which he established in the heart of New York City. Stephenson staffed BSC with hundreds of Canadians recruited from across the country. Bill Macdonald documents Stephenson's clouded early life and unravels layers of misinformati o n from previous books and secret papers to reveal the astonishing details of the man who said: 'Nothing deceives like a document'. - Included in this volume are many interviews with former members of BSC: secretaries, cipher clerks, covert operat iv es and with former BSC agent, British author, Roald Dahl. Of special historic significance are the revelations of the Allies' communications genius, the late Benjamin de Forest Bayly, who had previously never discussed his war work. His electr oni c w izardry helped guard the Allies' top secrets, and win the Battle of the Atlantic. (This book) weaves its way through deception, treachery, war, espionage and a search for the 'real' James Bond." Slight waviness to edges of text block, very lig ht w rinkling at top/bottom of spine, previous owner's place, date and signature along with small blanked-out notation on title page. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. Very Good/Very Go od 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
11 Pollotta, Nick. BUREAU 13.
New York Ace 1991 0441084206 / 9780441084203 First Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good Boris Vallejo cover art. 
182 pp, 6 3.4" H. "Mission Improbable. For your eyes only, the facts: Ghosts. Vampires. Mutants. Demons. They're real - and a deadly threat to life as we know it. Fortunately, America has its own defense against unearthly evil. Bureau 13 is the FBI's top secret branch specializing in supernatural subversion. Not even the President knows who they are. Not even its agents know where the Bureau is hidden. Their mission: to hold back the tides of inhuman darkness - any way that's humanly possible. Malevolent forces are launching an all-out, literally hellish assault on the Bureau itself. Now this top team of agents are on a suicide mission into the very heart of darkness. If they succeed, the general public will never know. If they fail - God help us all!" Based upon the role-playing game STALKING THE NIGHT FANTASIC. Interior - very light browning in gutter of pages. Exterior - very light edge wear, book is slightly cocked/twisted, faint crease on spine, minor soiling on rear cover. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
12 Reid, Ed. MAFIA.
New York Random House 1952 Third Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Good 
238 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H). "Popularly know as The Black Hand, the Mafia, which began in medieval Sicily as a patriotic group, has been and still is in control of organized crime in the United States. It has achieved this dubious distinction by the systematic liquidation of rival, non-Sicilian gangs. The mere itemization of this long and bloody reign of underworld terror will give every responsible citizen pause for thought - after he has stopped shivering! This book contains much new material derived from secret sources. Perhaps the most sensational of its revelations links key Mafia figures with the Allied Military Government in Italy. How one of the most powerful Mafia heads, under indictment for murder in this country, turned up as an aide to AMG, received letters of recommendation from United States Army officers, and at the same time conducted huge blackmarket operations in American supplies, is one of the monstrous disclosures. Why this same notorious criminal, following his arrest, was not returned to the U.S. until after the strange death of the key witness against him, is another part of the riddle that hints at the enormous secret strength of Mafia terrorism. (The author) courageously digs deep into the muck of vice and crime to throw light upon a ruthless gang of killers and racketeers whose influence is as evil as it is widespread." Small initials in pen on free rear endpaper. Dust jacket has light edge wear, creases at top edge with color loss - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds, one very small edge tear, minor browning. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE CRIME CONFEDERATION: COSA NOSTRA AND ALLIED OPERATIONS IN ORGANIZED CRIME., Salerno, Ralph and Tompkins, John S.
13 Salerno, Ralph and Tompkins, John S. THE CRIME CONFEDERATION: COSA NOSTRA AND ALLIED OPERATIONS IN ORGANIZED CRIME.
Doubleday, Garden City, New York, 1969. 
424 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Mafia, Cosa Nostra, Syndicate, the Organization, or the Mob - 'the corporate giants of crime annually enjoy a profit greater than General Motors, Standard Oil, Ford, General Electric and U.S. Stee l combined'. This shocking book, written by the law officer who, according to The New York Times, 'knows more about the Mafia than any man who is not a member of it', reveals the facts about organized crime. (The authors) begin with 'A Day i n t h e Life of Several Citizens', a narrative which dramatically emphasizes how organized crime touches and involves us all, and sets the scene for the revelations which follow. He tells about the money organized crime takes in ($40 billion a ye ar , b y a c onservative estimate), the systematic corruption of public officials, how our legal system often seems designed to protect the criminal, the organization of organized crime, the methods used by confederation leaders to exact and enf orc e l oy alt y an d obedience from their underlings, how the confederation is undermining many legitimate corporations - in short, a complete picture of the whole sinister operation of big crime in America." Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slig ht b ump at corn er s, ve ry light edge wear, light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has wrinkling/wear and some tears/chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - archivally taped, light browning on spine. Ver y Goo d/Go od+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARILYN MONROE., Wolfe, Donald H.
14 Wolfe, Donald H. THE ASSASSINATION OF MARILYN MONROE.
Little, Brown, London, 1998, first British edition. 
532 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0316640190 B&w photographs. "The brevity and discrepancies of the initial investigation, the unexplained silence of several key witnesses and the rumours sparked by her relationships with the Kennedy brothers have consistently raised suspicions that the events of Saturday August 4th 1962 did not end as they were officially documented - in the suicide of the world's most famous woman. Now, in this major new investigation, Donald H. Wolfe has succeeded where so many other writers have failed. With the testimony of the two witnesses, John Miner and Norman Jefferies, who always seemed to possess potentially explosive information but had never previously come forward, Wol f e assembles conclusive evidence proving that Marily Monroe was murdered. He not only names her killer and specifies the cause of death, but identifies the men who, acting upon the 'National Security Matter' surrounding Marilyn, orchestrated the su bs e quent cover-up - From the opening description of the lifeless body to the moment-by-moment account of her final days and hours, (this book) explodes every myth concerning her remarkable life and tragic death. It is a truly gripping portrait of on e of the most shocking crimes of the century." Book lightly cocked, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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