Synopses & Reviews
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 Taylor; 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.
"Avid crime-show enthusiasts are likely familiar with the figure of the bail bondsman a third party who helps clients get out of jail while ensuring they make all their appointed court dates. Judelson, one of New York's most prominent bondsmen, pulls back the curtain to reveal the backroom machinations, last-minute deals, and occasional manhunts that go along with the job in this page-turner. After he discovered a distant relative was one of New York's premier bondsmen, Judelson was able to establish a foothold in the close-knit industry and found himself working with clients ranging from mobsters to rappers. Tales of close calls and paranoia, as well as tips on surviving prison ('don't trust a prison phone,' 'hire a prison coach') carry the book, but Judelson's anecdotes of how his career has impacted his family ('all three of my kids would be born during a major organized crime case') add another layer of depth. As he closes with a lamentation on how the trade is losing the long-held brotherhood and camaraderie among bondsmen, attorneys, and judges due to technology and spreadsheets, it becomes clear that this may be a last glimpse at one of the country's most unique professions. Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Ira Judelson, bail bondsman, is an inevitable entry in the BlackBerrys of New York defense lawyers, an A.T.M. for desperate rappers, actors, athletes, executives and madams with pocketbooks much fatter than his.”
“[Judelson] is a sadly rare breed of New Yorker, a true stand-up guy.”
"Ira Judelson has gotten more guys out of jail than I have. This riveting account of a bail bondsman and his interaction with the criminal justice system is a must read. I thought I knew a lot about criminal law but I learned so much more from this bottom-up look at how the system actually operates."
“Judelson, one of New York’s most prominent bondsmen, pulls back the curtain to reveal the backroom machinations, last-minute deals, and occasional manhunts that go along with the job in this page-turner... Tales of close calls and paranoia, as well as tips on surviving prison (“don’t trust a prison phone,” “hire a prison coach”) carry the book, but Judelson’s anecdotes of how his career has impacted his family (“all three of my kids would be born during a major organized crime case”) add another layer of depth. ...It becomes clear that this may be a last glimpse at one of the country’s most unique professions."
"If you ever get in trouble, I mean real trouble, remember this guy, Ira Judelson. If you don’t believe me, read this book! It’s a must-read."
"Judelson dishes on the famous, and infamous, clients he’s offered his special services, from an easier ride through the courts to a better life in prison. It seems he always knows someone, from a guard to a gangbanger, who can get things done."
About the Author
Ira Judelson is one of New York’s most prominent bail bondsmen. For nearly twenty years, he has posted bail for some of the city’s most notorious defendant-celebrities, as well as thousands of common criminals. He is well known to those in the justice system for his no-nonsense demeanor, his charismatic charm, and his ability to “read” a prospective client. He lives in Westchester, New York with his wife and three children.Daniel Paisner is the author of more than fifty books, including The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound; and Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life; and eleven New York Times bestsellers. He’s written on topics ranging from business and sports, to politics and entertainment. He is also one of the busiest collaborators in publishing, having had a hand in the autobiographies and memoirs of some of our best-known atheletes, actors, politicians, television personalities, and “ordinary” individuals who have managed to conquer extraordinary situations.