Richard Wills is a former Los Angeles bail bondsman, having worked at two of the city’s busiest agencies in crime-active communities. He is the author of six non-fiction books, including the best-seller “The Professional Bondsman - How to Start and Operate Your Own Bail Bond Agency”. He’s been an actor, director, screenwriter, award winning TV host and producer. After interviewing over 200 book authors and experts on his TV program, Book Parade! with Richard Wills, he decided to draw upon his years as a bail bondsman and write his first work of fiction, 77th and Broadway: A Decade in a World of Crime. This new book represents a series of 25 true crime stories that occurred during his years working in the bail bond industry..
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CRITIC'S BOOK REVIEW: 77th and Broadway: A Decade in a World of Crime
Publishers Weekly The BookLIfe Prize say "The novel's central focus on bail bondmen in a distinctive time period in Los Angeles is highly original, as is its piecemeal structure and integration of true crime." The novel's rated score for Originality: 8 out of 10.
77th and Broadway: A Decade in a World of Crime
77th and Broadway shines a dazzling light on one of the most lucrative and secretive businesses on earth in this gritty, yet hilarious at times, urban, true-events crime fiction.
Follow the colorful life of character Richie V. Smooth, a small-time hustler with a shady past looking for a career change when he’s hired to help struggling, conniving LA bail bondsman Wilbert Lee Buck save his failing business.
Mr. Buck’s goal is to retire with a million dollars, however, he’s desperately trying to recover from $250,000 in bail forfeitures caused when a former employee succumbed to the free drugs and sex provided by a local drug dealer in exchange for bailing out members of his gang.
Mr. Buck has a glimmer of hope to fulfill his dream when he makes Richie a partner and reopens a second office in a nearby city during the advent of a cocaine epidemic. Business began to boom, but so did the senseless craziness of thefts, robberies and murders.
The story unravels into a roller coaster ride interweaving twenty-five true event crime stories, reflecting a day in the life of a determined bail bondsman, entailing unscrupulous characters, thieves, hustlers, thugs, con men and women whose lives illuminate issues of social injustice, corruption, betrayal, power and punishment…all who roll the dice and gamble to come up big, wind-up in prison, or stretched out on a cold slab in the coroner’s office, DOA.
Author Richard Wills has the perfect background for writing this pulp fiction crime noir. He’s a former Los Angeles bail bondsman, having worked at two of the city’s busiest agencies in crime-active communities. His work as a TV host, producer and director on his talk show, Book Parade! with Richard Wills, earned him a finalist in the Western Access Video Excellence Awards.