Blending historical past and memoir, retired U.S. Marshal Mike Earp—a descendant of the mythical lawman Wyatt Earp—offers an specific and interesting behind-the-scenes examine the main storied legislation enforcement enterprise in the US, illuminating its very important position within the nation’s improvement for greater than 200 years.

Mike Earp spent his occupation with the U.S. Marshals provider, achieving the quantity 3 place within the organization’s hierarchy earlier than he retired. during this attention-grabbing, eye-opening ebook, written with the service’s complete cooperation, he stocks his reviews and takes us on a desirable journey of this notable organization—the oldest, the best, and the main risky department of yank legislations enforcement, and the least known.

Unlike their opposite numbers within the police and the FBI, U.S. Marshals aren’t accountable for investigating or prosecuting crimes. They pursue and arrest the main harmful legal offenders on U.S. soil, a very dangerous task usually concerning gun battles and actual altercations. Earp takes us again to the service’s early days, explaining its construction and its position within the border wars that helped make continental growth attainable. He brings to existence the gunslingers and gunfights that experience made the Marshals legend, and explores the service’s function this present day integrating federal, country, and native legislation enforcement organizations seeking the main infamous criminals—terrorists, drug lords, gun runners.

Setting his personal reports in the lengthy historical past of the U.S. Marshals provider, Earp bargains a relocating and illuminating tribute to the courageous marshals who've committed their lives to retaining the state safe.

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