“Verdict: The gripping story of one man's flaws, loves, and achievements, this should be a popular selection for true crime fans. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“If you need a dose of reality . . . plunge into Dancing With the Devil: Confessions of an Undercover Agent . . . This gritty first-person narrative takes readers on an odyssey from Red Hook, Brooklyn, where Mr. Diaz grew up, to New York’s even tougher neighborhoods, where, as a temperamental undercover narcotics officer, he braved drug dealers and organized crime decades ago. Mr. Diaz recalls running into Nicky Barnes, the leader of a heroin ring whose gang he had infiltrated, in a courtroom corridor. “'Nothing personal,” Mr. Diaz told him. “'You did what you had to do, I did what I had to do.” To which he quotes Mr. Barnes: “'Knowing this, I understand it.”
New York Times

“Diaz is a combustible mix of malice and mischief . . . Dancing With the Devil: Confessions of an Undercover Agent is a riveting first-person account that puts the reader into Diaz's dangerous life, principally his action-packed time at the Drug Enforcement Administration . . . Diaz retains the bravado of a street fighter who used moxie and smarts to trump crime. In many ways, the edgy undercover work Diaz engaged in over several decades amounted to a gritty primer on battling modern vice.”
Los Angeles Times

“Retired DEA agent Diaz, writing with Hirschfeld, tells his life story with brutal honesty. Overcoming an abusive yet loving (and beloved) father, his own volatile temper, and the demons of depression, he was a very successful DEA agent who did best when working undercover to take down some of the most notorious drug dealers of our time, including New York heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes and José “el Tío” Lopez of the Medellín cartel. He worked assignments in the jungles of Bolivia and in London, New York, and Los Angeles, where he transferred midcareer. Hot-headed Diaz used the adrenalin rush of deep undercover work and his success as a boxer to channel his energy. He pulls no punches about his personal life, poignantly sharing his bouts with depression and grief. Best of all, when Hollywood films his life story, Diaz will be able to play himself—his most recent chapter has been as adviser and actor (stage name Lou Casal) for film and television. Verdict: The gripping story of one man's flaws, loves, and achievements, this should be a popular selection for true crime fans. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“Haunting . . . Diaz has bared all to tell a thoroughly gripping story.”
Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy

“Mesmerizing! A bare-knuckle slugfest of action, adrenaline, and courage. Louie D. has taken us where few others have dared to go.”
Joseph D. Pistone, a.k.a. Donnie Brasco

"Louie Diaz put his life on the line, going undercover to develop evidence that was crucial in the conviction of the theretofore 'untouchable' narcotics kingpin Nicky Barnes. Dancing with the Devil recounts this story and many others in a graphic, colorful, and explosive first-person account of an extraordinary law enforcement career."
Robert B. Fiske Jr., former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

"Louie Diaz took down the biggest heroin dealer in the country and did it under extraordinary dangerous conditions, but with extraordinary success. He demonstrated character, commitment, and courage at a time when heroin was killing thousands of American citizens. Louie Diaz turned the tide . . . he is a hero."
Peter Bensinger, former DEA administrator

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