The Fixer

The Fixer

The Notorious Life of A Front-page Bail Bondsman

Large Print - 2014 | Large print edition
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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 gangs of New York. The Fixer is a rollicking narrative that follows Ira Judelson as he learns the ins and outs of the down-and-dirty world of bail bonds. As the late great Johnnie Cochran once told him, "A lawyer can't get you out of jail; only a bondsman can." With from-the-gut prose, Judelson proves those words as he grows from process server to inside man. And he might just be the only thing standing between you and the injustice system, as only he knows which judge might let you slide, which lawyers will do pro bono for the right case, and which cops and DAs are open to second chances. But he also has many unwritten laws to share, including what to do and what not to do if you ever get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, [2014]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410472724
Branch Call Number: LP 363.28 JUD NVD
Characteristics: 377 pages (large print)
Additional Contributors: Paisner, Daniel


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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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