30 years I worked for a crooked insurance agency in the heart of Chicago's ghetto selling burial insurance to the poorest black folks along a strip known as Madison Row.
Just like today, Chicago's inner city was brutal and unforgiving. Street gangs rule, and innocent people die. My life was threatened by street gangs, drug addicts, pimps, and prostitutes on a daily basis, but I needed that job untill my application to the electricians union was approved.
The Black Ledger was inspired by my time as a Ledger/debit agent and many of the stories you read in the book were plucked from my actual experiences.
My hope is that this novel helps people all over the world understand that poverty and inequality breed crime and violence, not the color of someone's skin.