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A true account of a daring attempt to make the US-Mexico border safe
Each night, thousands of immigrants stream north across the Mexican border towards San Diego, hoping to make a new life in the United States. Along the way, many find death instead. Bandit gangs roam the moonlit desert, robbing, raping, and killing these desperate, impoverished migrants. For decades Dick Snider has watched this happen. Now, in 1976, he’s decided to end the bloodshed.
A San Diego cop with an intimate awareness of the trials of border crossing, Snider has uncommon sympathy for the illegal immigrants who risk their lives to enter his country. Along with nine other policemen, he forms the Border Crime Task Force, a crack squad of heavily armed foot soldiers dedicated to wiping out the bandit thugs. With each midnight raid, the police raiders step closer to the border between sanity and madness.
©1984 Joseph Wambaugh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Don on 12-27-17

Wambaugh’s world

A vivid look through the critical/jaded eyes of law enforcement.
Reality, pride, fear... there all here together folks!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-12-17

A must read if you've ever been to San Diego or Tijuana!

I first read this book in 1986 and it has stayed with me to this day. I recently purchased a new copy after talking to yet another individual about a chapter or two of this remarkable, true story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the raw grit of true crime stories and the horror and ruthlessness of the disparate, addicted criminal. *****

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 05-19-13


Maybe not totally the author's fault but more the narrator his monotone voice with a localised American accent does the book no favours

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