Storefront Sting

An ATF Agent's Life Undercover

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About the Book

This thrilling story memorializes one of the most dangerous—and successful—series of undercover operations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Written by the ATF special agent who took these operations from disrupting small time fencing schemes to infiltrating major criminal organizations, this book is the first time that the true story of these secretive operations will be told. During the operation’s run from 2006-2014, Lou Valoze’s fictitious businesses allowed his team of undercover agents to take thousands of weapons out of circulation and millions of dollars of drugs off the street. Through these covert “storefront” operations, the author developed a unique investigative blueprint for removing guns from the hands of violent felons, gang members, organized crime members and drug dealers. This book also explores the dark reality of living a double life and how it becomes difficult to tell the difference between the good guys and bad guys.

About the Author(s)

Lou Valoze is a retired federal agent who lives in Savannah, Georgia, and currently serves as an instructor for law enforcement officers. He spent the last two decades of his career working in an undercover capacity for long term, high profile and complex investigations of home invasion crews, outlaw motorcycle organizations, organized crime groups, murder-for-hire schemes, and conducting storefront operations, which became his calling card as an undercover agent.

Brian Whitney has been a prisoner advocate, a landscaper, and a homeless outreach worker. He has written or co-authored numerous books, and has been featured in Newsweek, Esquire, Inside Edition, Dr. Phil, Fox News, People.com, Cracked.com, True Murder, and True Crime Garage, and has appeared at CrimeCon.

Bibliographic Details

Lou Valoze with Brian Whitney

Foreword by Javier Pena

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 25 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8819-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4594-0
Imprint: Exposit Books

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Storefront Sting: An Undercover Agent in ATF Front Businesses is a riveting, realistic, no-holds-barred look inside the little-known world of undercover police work, and what it takes to live and work in that unbelievably crazy environment. ATF Special Agent Lou Valoze personally led long-term ops that kept him in harm’s way for extended periods of time, years on end. While telling of these experiences, Lou also describes in detail how his heroic and lifesaving work came with a cost, nearly destroying his family and his life. A must read for anyone interested in true heroes and true crime!”—Steve Murphy, former DEA agent, inspiration for the Netflix series Narcos
  • “Lou Valoze was that undercover operative that all us other Undercovers wanted to be. He was bigger, stronger, more handsome, more charismatic, more courageous and of upmost importance, smarter than the rest of us in the game. When I looked a Lou, it wasn’t with jealousy or envy, it was with admiration; pride that ‘this guy’ was on my side. In his book Storefront Sting: An Undercover Agent in ATF Front Businesses, for someone of Lou’s natural assets and track record of overwhelming achievement, to openly discuss his flaws and mistakes, doesn’t diminish him in my eyes, it elevates him. Ego and self-confidence are key elements to the personalities of high-achieving UCs. Lou checks his at the door revealing to us his inner demons and providing the raw insight to his covert world that enhances his credibility, dignity and integrity.”—Jay Dobyns, a retired ATF agent, author of No Angel: My Harrowing Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels, and Catching Hell: A True Story of Abandonment and Betrayal.