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Living under an assumed identity and risking his life were all in a day’s work for Hipolito Acosta, special agent for the U.S. Border Patrol. Acosta’s investigations are legendary to both law enforcement and the crime cartels he helped neutralize. His stories read like chapters from a page-turning crime novel, but The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico's Deadly Crime Cartels is more than a front-seat ride through the criminal underworld along the U.S./Mexico border. Though he worked regularly in high-stakes undercover operations infiltrating Mexico's murderous immigrant smuggling rings and drug cartels, this heartbreaking exposé goes beyond sensational headlines and medals of honor to divulge what an agent endures in order to ensure that U.S.law is enforced. The El Paso Times writes that Acosta's tactics "will undoubtedly attract critics," but that few can "dispute that (his actions) took courage." Acosta was a special agent for the Border Patrol for two years, followed by long careers in the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security. He has won numerous awards for merit and service to the United States and Philippines.