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The 1970s. Two ambitious bikers come out of the same tough neighborhood of Hamilton, Ontario. Two biker gangs want to exploit the lucrative drug, prostitution, and vice rackets in Ontario's Golden Horseshoe. This is the improbable story of Mario "the Wop" Parente and Walter Stadnick who respectively become the national presidents of the Outlaws and Hells Angels--and sworn enemies. The Outlaws are an American biker gang who assume power when Satan's Choice falls into disarray. They take a headlock on the distribution of drugs, the supply of prostitutes to strip clubs, and extortion and graft. Their leader is a big, violent man named Mario Parente. Hells Angels have expanded into Quebec and are rapidly exterminating rival biker gangs. They wage a war against the Rock Machine and open up another front in Ontario against the Outlaws. The incursion is the work of 5-foot 4-inch Walter Stadnick, the Angels strategist, who envisions the Hells Angels doing business across Canada. Stadnick will have his hands full with a biker from his hometown, Mario Parente, who is gearing up to protect the Southwest Ontario turf he has fought so hard to acquire by rebuilding Satan's Choice and a partnership with the Para-dice Riders, and be establishing a puppet club, the Black Pistons. The police and the public have no stomach for an all-out biker war. The Hamilton cops, OPP and Surete de Quebec combine forces to launch Project Retire and bring down the Outlaws, a sweep that has unintended outcomes for the balance of biker power in Ontario.
The inside story of the street war between Canada's most violent biker gangs-the Outlaws and the Hell's AngelsOnce bikers who road together, Mario Parente and Walter Stadnick, are now mortal enemies, chiefs, respectively, of the Outlaws and Hell's Angels, embroiled in a bloody turf war over control of the lucrative drug, prostitution, and vice markets in Ontario's Golden Horseshoe. Written with the cooperation of Mario Parente, Showdown describes the biker gang equivalent of the Godfather, the violent power shifts as Satan's Choice, a rival gang falls into disarray, and as Parente gears up to protect Southwest Ontario from Stadnick's vision of making the Hell's Angels the largest criminal biker gang in Canada. A gang's-eye look at the 2006 Shedden Massacre, where eight men were slaughtered An account that lets Mario Parente go on the record with his story of the biker warsWith frightening and compelling detail, Showdown lets readers experience firsthand the personalities and day-to-day workings behind the brutal and deadly rivalries that mark one piece of Canada's criminal underworld.