U.S. Marshals

U.S. Marshals : The Greatest Cases of America's Most Effective Law Enforcement Agency

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Blending history and memoir, retired U.S. Marshal Mike Earp-a descendant of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp-offers an exclusive and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the most storied law enforcement agency in America, illuminating its vital role in the nation's development for more than two hundred years.

Mike Earp spent his career with the U.S. Marshals Service, reaching the number three position in the organization's hierarchy before he retired. In this fascinating, eye-opening book, written with the service's full cooperation, he shares his experiences and takes us on a fascinating tour of this extraordinary organization-the oldest, the most effective, and the most dangerous branch of American law enforcement, and the least known.

Unlike their counterparts in the police and the FBI, U.S. Marshals aren't responsible for investigating or prosecuting crimes. They pursue and arrest the most dangerous criminal offenders on U.S. soil, an extraordinarily hazardous job often involving gun battles and physical altercations. Earp takes us back to the service's early days, explaining its creation and its role in the border wars that helped make continental expansion possible. He brings to life the gunslingers and gunfights that have made the Marshals legend, and explores the service's role today integrating federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the hunt for the most notorious criminals-terrorists, drug lords, gun runners.

Setting his own experiences within the long history of the U.S. Marshals service, Earp offers a moving and illuminating tribute to the brave marshals who have dedicated their lives to keeping the nation safe.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 134.87 x 203.2 x 21.84mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062227254
  • 9780062227256
  • 1,242,227

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"A swift-moving history of and tribute to officers who are `out there at all hours of the day and night, kicking down doors, stopping vehicles, and arresting heinous fugitives.'" -- Kirkus Reviews "U.S. Marshals is a fast-paced, interesting and well-told story about modern-day manhunters." -- Washington Times
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If you are a fugitive in America, your worst nightmare is a deputy U.S. marshal on your trail: each year the Marshals Service takes more criminals off the streets than every other federal law enforcement agency--combined. Tasked with apprehending the most dangerous and elusive criminals, the Marshals have been essential to numerous famous manhunts, from the D.C. sniper to Whitey Bulger to Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

From Mike Earp, the former associate director of operations for the Marshals Service, and #1 New York Times bestselling author David Fisher, this book tells the thrilling inside story of today's U.S. marshals in their own words. Based on interviews with more than fifty current and former deputies, as well as Earp's personal case notes, here are the greatest cases, hairiest arrests, and most unforgettable moments, all revealed for the first time. Here also is a history of how the marshals of legend have evolved into the country's frontline law enforcement agency, charged with arresting the most notorious suspects. This is the untold story of the new U.S. Marshals Service, as seen through the eyes of the men and women who were pivotal in solving many of the most high-profile and dangerous cases in recent history.
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About Mike Earp

Mike Earp retired as the third-highest-ranking official in the U.S. Marshals Service in January 2012, after twenty-nine years of service. As the associate director for operations, he supervised all operational divisions and programs of the agency. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia. David Fisher is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including 22 New York Times bestsellers. He has worked with George Burns, Johnnie Cochran, and Terry Bradshaw, among others. He lives in New York City.
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