Review: Dead Man Running by Ross Coulthart and Duncan McNab

Dead Man Running

by Ross Coultart and Duncan McNab

‘We are the people our parents warned us about’ is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world’s most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs. For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. He arranged the security of their clubhouses and electronic surveillance and counter surveillance. He ‘cooked’ ecstasy and ice for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling were planned. He saw stolen military weapons, including deadly rocket launchers, being sold. He witnessed vicious beatings, and helped dump corpses. Men were executed in front of him.

It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the police and became an informant. He had intimate knowledge North America. He literally knew where the bodies were buried.

This shocking, unflinching and tragic story is Steve Utah’s confession. He knows the inevitably the Bandido code will be honoured and he will be silenced. He is a Dead Man Running.

This is an absolutely fascinating read that really does ring true, it drew me in from the prologue all the way through to the epilogue. It is a story that doesn’t gloss over the truth and is an absolute eye opener, It is a no holes barred account of the secracy and closed door policy of outlaw motorcycle gangs, to the wheelings and dealings of the bikie gangs and of corrupt (or police that simply close their eyes).

I am incredibly glad that I read this book, which I didn’t think I would relate to, but I would highly recommend Ross Coulhart’s books to anyone; housewife, accountant, lawyer, police officer or student, if only in order to gain a new perspective of the gang culture.

In the prologue there is a quote from the movie Donnie Brasco ‘I’m not becoming like them; I am them’ where Stevan Utah admits that for a time he became what they are. And the window he offers into the violent criminal world of outlaw motorcycle gangs is what this book is all about. Also in the prolgue it states that his story is a wakeup call, that it shows the big lie behind the charity bike runs and hospital fundraisers they organise to sanitise their public image. However it does also say that not all bikies are criminals, but that Stevan Utah’s eyewitness accounts show that outlaw motorcycle gangs are a national menace and that they have become a haven for some nasty thugs. 

Recommended Retail Price $24.99

Published by: Allen and Unwin

Recommended Age: 18+

My Rating: 4/5

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One Response to Review: Dead Man Running by Ross Coulthart and Duncan McNab

  1. Bandit says:

    Snitches are a dying breed.

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