“Do you have any problems working with black people?”
Chicago has been a war zone for the last 50 years.
Gangs shoot up the streets, while corrupt politicians and predatory businesses get rich by stealing from the poor. In a place fraught with danger and fueled by poverty, a young white man named Ron Pickles discovers a resilient people with an indestructible spirit. But, there are sinister forces looking to create misfortune and reap profits at the expense of people that society cares little about. Ron soon learns that it isn’t the ghetto he needs to fear, but the corrupt insurance agency that recruited him in the first place. Inspired by a true story, “The Black Ledger” is a multi-cultural/mystery crime thriller that will take you into the heart of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods and experience a life you couldn’t imagine existed in the United States.
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Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Mr. Allen came from parents of little means and was primarily raised by his mother after his father left in 1967. While a senior in High School he met his future wife Donna, and they were married right after his graduation while expecting their first child.
During the next three years he worked for Commonwealth Insurance Company. It was here that the inspiration for The Black Ledger was born from his actual experience’s working for a Debit Insurance Company. He left Commonwealth and went to work as an Insurance Broker over the next 12 years with different jobs scattered in between.
In 1996 he started a publication called “Fun Flyer” and began an advertising business that eventually caught the eye of The Chicago Sun Times marketing team. This business morphed into a delivery business and eventually a trucking business that lasted until 2010 when he decided to change careers and focus on health.
He began working on The Black Ledger, June 20th, 2006 and finished almost to the day, 10 years later in June of 2016. During those 10 years he sent out numerous queries and requests for representation only to be turned down over 100 times. Unfazed, he took it upon himself to self publish his novel to rave reviews and accolades for its unabashed look at racism and corruption in Chicago while painting a picture of love and hope in a community that is ignored by society.