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Confidential Source Ninety-Six

The Making of America's Preeminent Confidential Informant
Narrated by: Rick Zieff
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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In Confidential Source Ninety-Six, the man who goes by the pseudonym Roman Caribe recounts the harrowing life he's led as the most successful confidential informant in the history of US law enforcement. A onetime mastermind narcotics distributor, Caribe first saw the tragedies caused by the drug trade with his own eyes as he got to know the women involved with his business partner and the children that they raised. By the time Caribe was arrested in a drug bust, he had made up his mind to get out of the business for good. Rather than beat the charges, as his lawyer advised him to, he would confess, flip sides, and work for the federal government.

He has spent the two decades since working for a web of federal agencies, leveraging inside information and connections gained while living his own criminal past to launch audacious operations that no other undercover agent would dream of. While projecting the swagger of a drug lord, Caribe gets inside the minds of the gang and cartel leaders he goes toe to toe with. He becomes an actor risking everything to perform every night - one minor slip in his character and Caribe and his family may disappear forever. And when leaders of Mexico's Sinalao Cartel, which he was trying to ensnare, tracked down Caribe's home and visited his wife and children there unannounced, he was forced to uproot them and confront the unthinkable dangers that he brought into their lives.

Unfolding in Southern California mansions, makeshift DEA trailers set up in the middle of the redwoods, and the anonymous fast food parking lots where kilograms of cocaine and heroin changed hands, Confidential Source Ninety-Six is the epic saga of one man's quest to redeem himself in the eyes of his family and a thrilling, intimate look at the law enforcement battle that rages on beneath our noses.

©2017 C. S. 96 (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"It is hard to imagine a more dangerous job than being a high-level confidential informant.... [T]hey are integral to law enforcement in solving crimes, seizing narcotics, infiltrating gangs and preventing terrorist attacks. This book takes us into a world of darkness, danger, skullduggery, and betrayal that few people could fathom, much less believe. It is a wild ride; certainly not for the faint of heart." (Robert Mladinich, former NYPD detective, author of From the Mouth of the Monster: The Joel Rifkin Story, and coauthor of Undisclosed Files of the Police: Cases from the Archives of the NYPD from 1831 to the Present)

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  • Russell
  • 16-11-17

I just can't believe this is a real story.

I think that this is fiction masquerading as non-fiction. This book sounds very similar to another book that I have listened to. It sounds all to stereotypical. Another "drug kingpin" who really didn't want to have anything to do with selling drugs. Who, only after he gets busted decides he can't stand his partner. His partner that is equivalent to the lowest scum on earth, yet this is the guy that enabled you to have all of the money that you know have. Oh and lets not forget the wife that doesn't want her husband to involved with selling drugs either yet doesn't seem to mind the lifestyle that drug dealing provides for her and her children. This has to be fiction and stereotypical fiction at that. There is nothing here that you haven't already seen and heard 100 times already. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

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  • Andy
  • 01-10-17

nailing the drug peddlers

Great preface to start the book, but too few drug bust stories to make a six hour listen worthwhile.