Criminal Element: Bad Paper, by Jake Halpern

I’m entangled with the Criminal Element once again.

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld follows the strange-but-true exploits of a cast of scalawags in the only slice of the financial industry that can make derivatives trading look honest: debt collection. Journalist Jake Halpern brings you bankers, ex-cons, hustlers, debtors, and a thoroughly broken system in an easy-reading, engaging true-crime tale that should leave you either sad or mad. Four strong stars.

Because I wrote this review for Criminal Element, I can’t copy it here. However, you can read the entire review — and find a lot of other good stuff — here.

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