The Fixer

The Fixer

The Notorious Life of A Front-page Bail Bondsman

Book - 2014
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From New York's foremost bail bondsman with "over $30 million on the street" comes the story of a modern-day "fixer" who walks a fine line between hustler and humanitarian with clients ranging from the rich and famous to the mafia and gangs of New York.

With from-the-gut prose, Ira Judelson sheds light on the highs and lows of the bondsman life. But Judelson is no process server. He sees himself as a sort of modern day "macher"--using his juice as a bail bondsman to help friends old and new out of jams wherever he can. He is also a keenly observant and wildly charismatic insider who's seen it all.

Prepare to be shocked, but also informed in The Fixer as Judelson reveals the unwritten laws of the courtroom and even prison--not to mention the shameless activities of his unbelievable list of clients, including former New York Giants Plaxico Burress and Lawrence Tayl∨ rappers Ol' Dirty Bastard, Ja Rule, Lil' Wayne, and DMX; comedian Katt Williams; notorious Manhattan madam Kristin Davis; and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. You'll see why the New York Times describes Judelson as "an inevitable entry in the BlackBerrys of New York defense lawyers, an ATM for desperate rappers, actors, athletes, executives, and madams with pocketbooks much fatter than his."

The Fixer is a rollicking narrative that follows Judelson as he learns the ins and outs of the down-and-dirty world of bonds: which judge might let you slide, which ones have zero tolerance, which lawyers do pro bono for the right case, and the cops and DAs who believe in second chances. Judelson illuminates a world almost entirely opaque to the general public, but also entertains and informs with the inside scoop on the underbelly of the justice system.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451699333
1451699336
Branch Call Number: 345.747 Judel
Characteristics: x, 256 pages
Additional Contributors: Paisner, Daniel

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Saint_Mirin
Jun 26, 2014

This is a fast entertaining read primarily because the narrative sounds like the voice over of some blockbuster film involving high stakes cons. That said, the issues are that the stories just aren't that interesting and fizzle out after a big set up. You read for several pages about a young man named Eric and that Judelson keeps getting a bad feeling about the kid but other than talking too much in the joint, we never learn why that's so bad or what happened to him. This is a reoccurring theme where the story of a particular client seems interesting enough but you get set up for nothing and never find out what happened to these people. Judelson also comes across as an arrogant know-it-all with a million connections and his advice consists mostly of common sense. It's still good entertainment whether you've ever needed a bondsman or not.

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