The only patch-wearing outlaw biker to become a sworn police officer — and live to tell his tale
In 1977, Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw was Jersey tough. He was a member of the outlaw Pagans bike gang, a One Percenter, and had earned his colours in a world of boozing, bloody bar fights, and high-stakes crime. But after getting too close to extreme violence, Bradshaw made the life-threatening decision to change his path.
The toughness Bradshaw used to survive biker life led him to a distinguished and heroic career as an undercover narcotics officer for the same New Jersey police department that had once arrested him. Bradshaw tells his story with the truth of the streets, from his time in the U.S. Army to his decision to join the Pagans, to the wild adventures of working narcotic stings. He rode with truly dangerous criminals and then returned to those same places as a cop. He tracks down fugitives in Jersey’s toughest neighbourhoods, risks his life rescuing dozens from a fire in a seniors’ residence, and volunteers in the aftermath of 9/11.
Jersey Tough is an unflinching memoir of personal struggle, of battling with darkness, and ultimately of redemption.
“This fascinating book is true-crime writing at its best and will appeal to anyone interested in the sordid dealings of America’s criminal underworlds.” — Publishers Weekly
“As a former sergeant-at-arms in one of the other ‘Big Four’ motorcycle clubs, I can confirm the authenticity of the biker tales graphically revealed on these pages. Exposing his courage as well as frailties, Big Chuck bares all with surprising candor.” — Glen Heggstad, author of Two Wheels Through Terror
“Bradshaw delivers both unflinching honesty and gritty, raw action in this fast-moving thriller.” — Joe Pistone a.k.a. Donnie Brasco
“This is a man who has been through quite a bit in his lifetime. . . But this isn’t a story that makes us feel sorry for his experiences and tough life. Rather, it shows a great way to look at life’s challenges and meet them with integrity. . . This book was as enlightening as it was fascinating.” — Behind Blue Eyes
“This brilliantly written memoir is as intense as a ride on the back of a Harley. It’s gritty, it’s emotional, it’s terrifying . . . and it’s all true.” — Amie’s Book Reviews Blog
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