Louis Diaz

Louis Diaz is a former federal undercover agent who, over the period of two decades, was responsible for bringing some of America’s notorious and dangerous criminals to justice-- including Nicky Barnes. He lives on the West Coast. His book, Dancing With The Devil, will be published by Pocket Books in December 2010.

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Dancing with the Devil

by Louis Diaz

In American Gangster, the Feds took down infamous heroin dealer Frank Lucas. But the kingpin behind Lucas’s criminal reign, Leroy “Nicky” Barnes, remained “Mr. Untouchable.” Until one undercover agent proved tough enough—or crazy enough—to infiltrate his domain and nail the most dangerous drug czar in American history.

Growing up in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where physical violence was a daily reality at home, at school, and on the streets, Louis “Louie” Diaz had what it took to survive—and to one day become what he vowed to be: a man of uncompromising principles who is both “compassionate on the inside, fierce on the outside.” These were the qualities, along with his street fighter’s steely nerves and hair-trigger temper, that drove Diaz from his savage beginnings and early forays into the world of organized crime to become one of the DEA’s bravest undercover agents—the man who was instrumental in taking down some of the nation’s and the world’s most notorious crime rings.

In an unforgettable and utterly engaging first-person narrative, Diaz tells his gritty, colorful, painful, and even humorous life story—a story with all the raw emotional power and bare-knuckle action of Wiseguy and Serpico. From his headline making cases of Nicky Barnes and the Medellin cartel…to his accounts of outwitting a key villain linked to the record-breaking heist known as The Great English Train Robbery…to his all-out confrontations with murderous gun-runners and drug dealers on the mean streets of New York…to leading commando raids on clandestine cocaine labs inside the Bolivian jungle, Dancing With the Devil is an explosive memoir that stands as a classic of true crime literature.

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