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BOBBY CONVICT, School of Hard Knocks [Kindle Edition]

Bobby Wilhelm , Faye Higbee
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Drop the book and no one gets hurt! Ahh, so you’re a rule breaker yourself. Ok, fasten your neck brace for the roller-coaster ride of disbelief or neck-breaking laughter at the antics of a misguided youth. Grandpa Louie passed down his legacy of bootlegging, gambling and pool sharking to me, and I one-upped him by becoming the Drug Kingpin of the Northwest. I was chased by the cops as a six year old kid, a wild teenager, and a major drug trafficker.

These nefarious adventures will take you through the underbelly of the drug world where you will meet notorious criminals, including 3 made Mafia members, the Spokane Serial Killer, the accused Tylenol Killer, an Aryan Brotherhood shot caller and the Oklahoma City Bomber. My domestic terrorism of drug trafficking cost me 16 years in the School of Hard Knocks (prison) and eventually saved me from myself through redemption. 97 people were interviewed for this book. Don’t believe them. They’re jealous and out to get me. I sure hope the Statute of Limitations is up or I’m screwed.

According to Idaho State Police Drug Agents, Bobby was considered one of the highest level drug traffickers Idaho law enforcement ever pursued. “He was a real challenge and we enjoyed the hunt.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 4876 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Bitterroot Mountain; 1st edition (November 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4R8KTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Northwest's Answer to GOODFELLAS November 14, 2012
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Compelling and riveting! This book is an eye-opener for anyone who thinks that Northern Idaho is a sweet happy place filled with lumberjacks and farmers....

This book in not a stereo-typical "I was sooooo bad and now I'm sooooo good" story of redemption, but a chronicle of someone's real life struggle to actualize his own potential within the confines of societal propriety. Its not *smarmy* in the least, but in turns, hilarious and tragic.

Note to readers: If you skim the allegorical content (ie. the conversations with Satan) you will miss important information which furthers the story--and remember, this is written by someone who thinks at mach speed--so every word counts. The violence depicted can be intense (Im a Forensic Science major--and even *I* went "ewwww" a couple times.)

Highly Recommend!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Boy gets straight December 6, 2012
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Bobby Wilhelm back in the day was a notorious character in our small town, I remember all of the scandalous headlines and photos in the local newspapers. Although I personally didn't know him well, I certainly knew OF him - we lived just down the road from him - at one point my daughter and her girlfriend were totally infatuated with Bobby - after he came to their rescue so to speak at a gas station where some freaky guy was bothering the girls - so Thank You Bobby! This is a true story and I remember so much of it, it makes the book very hard to put down once you get started; recognizing names, events, places, people, times - all I can say is that you've done a great job of getting your story out there; and how great it is to have you back - healthy, clean, and over it, for sharing your story, I hope it opens peoples eyes - so many folks are in denial that their kids, grandkids, brothers, sisters, friends, etc. are into drugs - reading your book would be a good reality check.

Your home town friends and family welcome you back, and give many kudos for the changes you've made in your life, as well as the help you've given to others going down the wrong path in life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and adventures ! November 24, 2012
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This is a true story. The best kind it has a lot of things I can relate to being brought up in the Carnival. I could not put this book down -I stayed up all night reading. A lot of people will relate to this book because it's so very real!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to go straight January 11, 2013
The most important thing I got out of this book (toward the end) is a passionate plea to revisit the laws governing the penal correction system in the U.S. The author (Bobby Wilhelm, one time drug dealer and addict) makes the argument that the current system dumps prison inmates back into society more hardened than when they went in, and gives them no choice but to commit crimes to survive since they have no training and usually owe large amounts of child support and other fines. The author isn't talking about the criminally insane, but mainly drug offenders who can possibly be rehabilitated through training and education. The cost of training them in prison would be much less than the cost of housing, guarding, feeding and medical care in the years to come for repeat offenders.
I assume that the people opposing this would be those who feel that criminals should not profit from their crimes by getting an education, where a hard working, law abiding individual could work a lifetime and not be able to afford time or money for higher education or training. I don't have any answers since I haven't given recidivism much thought until I read this book, but I think Bobby's ideas are certainly worth considering. His ideas are not soft on prisoners. Rather, he advocates making prison time hard so inmates don't want to come back.
Most of this book is about Bobby's past, including many humorous stories about his childhood, teen years, crime years and prison years. This book will be more interesting to people living in the Inland Northwest (around Spokane and North Idaho) who will recognize names and places mentioned. Bobby was lucky enough and driven enough to get rehabilitaed in prison and has been a lawful wage earner for about 10 years, I think, which makes an argument in favor of his prisoner behavioral correction ideas.
Congratulations to Bobby for turning his life around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Kell
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I just read your book and could not put it down. Very interesting, and a fun read if you are from the area. I remember as a kid going to your parents house to swim. They had just brought back pineapple from Hawaii and we ate it until our tongues bled...LOL. To this day I do not like pineapple, nor does one of my sisters.
As a person from the other side of things growing up, I had no idea that all of this was going on in our little town. That said, I found the book a fascinating read about things that were going on there that I had no idea about. I am proud of the way that you have turned your life around, I know had to be hard. Good luck with the book and I personally think it would make a great movie.

Thank you,
Kellee Brooks
Post Falls, ID Class of 1982
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Convict December 6, 2012
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I read this book and could not put it down.l Not only was it about the town I grew up in and some places I knew, it was educational on the war on drugs and how it effects everyone. Bobby is not trying to be a hero here, he is telling his story so people know its never to late to change. He was given a second chance and he turned his life around, this book tells his story. It made me laugh, gasp, cry and fell sorrow. I will read it again and recommend to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of like a Go ask Alice type of story
Here is my thoughts on the book Bobby Convict School of Hard knocks... The book got me thinking a lot more than I thought it would. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Karen Ulen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting.
Published 16 days ago by mykswyf
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
My brother let me borrow the book after he met the Author! Excellent book I tried to put it down but, could not!
Published 1 month ago by michael smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. I could hardly put it down
Very good book. I could hardly put it down. If those mandatory classes Bobby had to attend in prison eventually reach him, it could happen to others. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janice Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read. Bad boy reformed! Especially liked that I could relate to growing up in PF!
Published 2 months ago by Carla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story, wow
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Convict takes the reader on a journey into the ...
Bobby Convict takes the reader on a journey into the life of addiction...not just the drugs, but the life style. Crazy, wild ride! I couldn't put the book down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kellie Barden
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Wow what a great book, I can't stop reading it.
Published 5 months ago by troy daninger
5.0 out of 5 stars I did not expect it to suck me in so far and so fast
WOW what a inspiring book. I started reading this book because Bobby lived in my hometown of Post Falls, Idaho and EVERYONE there knew or knew of him, so I was interested to read... Read more
Published 5 months ago by tami goettsch
5.0 out of 5 stars From Coeurd' Alene, Idaho
I am familiar with the places, people and events of this book. Congratulations, Bobby for turning life around and being an inspiration. Read more
Published 6 months ago by camille
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More About the Author

Bobby Wilhelm was born in Alaska, but raised in Post Falls, Idaho. With the guidance of his "gangster" grandfather Louis Critzer, Bobby learned the ropes to crime at an early age. From connections with cocaine traffickers from Cuba and Colombia to friends from the Philadelphia Mafia, this soft spoken gentleman from a small town in Idaho rose through the ranks to become a high level drug kingpin. His life included a brush with Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, a friend who was murdered by the Spokane Serial Killer Robert Yates, a former Aryan Brotherhood shotcaller that he helped escape from the Spokane county Jail, and many others. After 16 years in various prisons, and a last stint in the Idaho State Prison, he finally came face up with how destructive his drug dealing and cooking had become. As his mind changed, so did his heart, and today he leads a legitimate life as a businessman. Redemption changed this "ex-convict" and he has been transformed into a solid, tax-paying citizen!


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