Ralph “Sonny” Barger. Dead in 5 Heartbeats (2003) 307 pp.
Everett John “Patch” Kinkade, ex-president of the Oakland chapter of the Infidelz, the toughest motorcycle club in the West, has moved to Arizona following the breakup of his marriage. But connections to home and the past are not easily broken. The Infidelz brawl in a bar with three other clubs, the 2Wheelers, Soul Sacrifice and the Gun Runners. After it is over, a member of the Infidelz lies dead in the parking lot—murdered while the fight raged on inside. The current president of the Oakland chapter contacts Patch and asks him to investigate. Reluctantly, Patch returns to Oakland, only to face renegade FBI agents and unexpected treachery and deceit. The debut novel of legendary Hell’s Angel Barger (author of the best-selling memoirs Hell’s Angel and Ridin’ High, Livin’ Free), who is teamed once again with co-authors Keith and Kent Zimmerman.