Don’t Shoot, We’re Republicans: The True Story of the FBI Agent Who Did Things His Way
How did an FBI Agent keep his cool when he was chasing down hard drinking, quick-to-the trigger bad guys in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, high stakes, international spies in Washington and a victim-seeking serial murderer in Atlanta? He used his brain and his sense of humor. Jack Owens was an FBI Special Agent who did things his way.
“If you thought you knew the FBI, be prepared to be surprised, enlightened and entertained with some side-splitting humor! Jack has captured the varied and talented personalities of real life FBI Agents doing a difficult job. A fascinating read”
— William Westberg, former Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI Birmingham.
On October 27, 2009, Owens was a guest on the Jim Bohannon show, talking about Don’t Shoot, We’re Republicans and his remarkable career. You can listen to his interview online.
Publishers Weekly had this to say about Owens’s book:
Writer and former FBI special agent Owens recounts 30 years as a G-man in this funny, thought-provoking memoir. Fresh out of law school, Owens signed on with J. Edgar Hoover’s all-white, all-male bureau in 1969. Presenting his work as a series of telling anecdotes, Owens often finds the comedy in his job (the standard punchline involves surprisingly easy-to-find fugitives) as well as the thrills, such as a stint with the FBI SWAT team, putting down a 1987 Atlanta prison riot started in part by Cuban inmates formerly held in Castro’s prisons (a ‘94 riot followed in Alabama). Along with the tedium, ironies and tragedies of his decades in the field, Owens also details his work on one of the most shocking cases in U.S. criminal history, the Atlanta child murders in the early ‘80s. With a vet’s cogent perspective, Owens produces a compelling and well-rounded retrospective of a life in criminal enforcement.
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