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The seekers : finding felons and guiding men
Armstrong, Joshua, 1957-
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New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.
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xxviii, 305 pages ; 25 cm
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The inspiring, hard-hitting, true story of America's best team of bounty hunters, whose revolutionary methods have proven amazingly successful. Movie rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox, with Wesley Snipes as a possible lead.

Author Notes

Anthony Bruno was born in Orange, New Jersey. He received an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a master's degree in medieval studies from Boston College. He worked for a time as an archivist at Boston University. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction works. His fictions works included the Gibbons and Tozzi series, the Loretta Kovacs series, and Seven: The Novelization. Bad Apple was adapted into a television movie starring Chris Noth.

His non-fiction works included The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter's Story, The Roppongi Stalker, and Iceman: The True Story of a Cold Blooded Killer, which was adapted into a movie starring Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder. Bruno was an executive producer of the film. He died after suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage on August 28, 2014 at the age of 61.

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Booklist Review

This book presents the exciting and true adventure of one man's personal journey to a modern-day career in the old profession of bounty hunting. After graduating from high school in New Jersey in the 1970s, Armstrong set out with a friend on a personal journey of manhood that led them westward to Seattle. When the reality of their limited resources set in, the two were helped by an unlikely benefactor, a character who, Armstrong would later reflect, was more likely to have been the object of a bounty hunting than friendship. Eventually, Armstrong went on to Alaska and the Bering Strait, became a seaman, and learned to deal with the adversities of nature and man. It was during the off-season that Armstrong's stand-up nature attracted offers to assist in bounty hunting. Thus began a 20-year career as a hunter of men and an observer of the underbelly of life. Armstrong, through Bruno, provides a first-person account of the life and consciousness, the heart and soul, of a bounty hunter. Armstrong founded the Seekers, a team of urban bounty hunters with more sensitivity and consciousness than would ordinarily be found in such a profession. The Seekers strive to understand the human circumstances that cause people to become bounties. The book is full of urban adventures, but the essence of this modern Have Gun, Will Travel tale is Armstrong's own spiritual growth and maturity. Screen rights for this bound-to-be-popular tale are in the offing, and word is that Wesley Snipes covets the role of Joshua. --Vernon Ford

Publisher's Weekly Review

A surprising admixture of run-and-gun thriller and spiritual meditation, this is the true story of America's most unorthodox (and successful) bail enforcement team. Unlike other bounty hunters, Armstrong's group isn't composed of trigger-happy tough guys. Instead, guided by a patchwork quilt of spiritual convictionsÄand the notion that "if you treat a man like a man, he will respond in a manly way"Äthe Seekers track down felons in a respectful and usually bloodless way. The method works: the group, based in New Jersey, has an 85% capture rateÄhigher than that of any other law enforcement agency in the country. In this measured and thoughtful memoir, ArmstrongÄwith the help of Bruno (The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, etc.)Ärecounts his personal and professional odysseys. Born to a working-class black family in 1957, in Elizabeth, N.J., Armstrong worked as an Alaska fisherman before apprenticing with an old-school bounty hunter (who repeatedly fumbled textbook captures) and, eventually, founding the Seekers. Like many in cutting-edge law enforcement, the Seekers are techno-fetishists, utilizing the most up-to-date equipment (including arcane nonlethal weapons) for surveillance and paramilitary tactics in "takedowns"; they also use the more old-fashioned tactic of infiltrating and bribing street people for information. Throughout, Armstrong writes of appealing to fugitives' "better nature" in order to reduce violent confrontations, and he describes dramatic scenes of capture. Incongruous or not, Armstrong's spiritual perspective comes across as nuanced and legitimate. But the spiritual side of this memoir does not detract from its excitement of the chase and ultimate capture,or from its evocation of the scars and dark places of post-industrial, drug-war America. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The general perception of bounty hunters is that of out-of-control, renegade "cowboys" who are heavily armed and work on the fringes of the law to retrieve fugitives by any means necessary. Armstrong (founder and leader of the Seekers, America's number-one team of bounty hunters) and Bruno (The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer) tell the story of the Seekers, whose methods of apprehension are unique and amazingly successful. In 1984, Armstrong created his team, which has captured over 2000 fugitives, an 85 percent capture rateDfar higher than that of any other police agency. Armstrong's methods include treating fugitives with respect, using armed force only when necessary, and maintaining the top physical and spiritual condition of his fellow Seekers. This excellent book is as much an account of personal evolution and growth as it is a wonderfully written account of the dangerous profession of hunting down fugitives. Highly recommended.DTim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.