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Wised Up is a true crime story of atonement for Charlie Wilhelm, a career criminal who ended his life of crime the year he turned 40.

Going to the FBI with no lawyer – and no criminal charges against him – he went undercover, wearing a wire to catch his life-long friends for drug dealing, bribery, loan sharking and murder. This intimate story, told in Charlie’s voice, is the first to expose organized crime in Baltimore. It also reveals Charlie's friendship with a childhood friend, Bruce Hall, who became an FBI agent and helped Charlie leave his life of crime.

The book unravels the complex relationship between an informant and his FBI handlers, and explores the tormented mind of a man with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who faces the consequences of doing the right thing, while turning against his crime family.

In this second edition of Charlie Wilhelm's memoir, a new chapter takes up where the original Wised Up left off when it was first published in 2004 after Charlie put his best friend in prison for murder.

Read the updated version, with a new cover and new photos, and find out what happened next.

Authors: Charlie Wilhelm / Joan Jacobson
Publisher: self-published
Page Count: 488pp
Size: 5 x 8 x 1
Notes: paperback, second edition
Date of Publication: July 19, 2017
ISBN: 978-1536909517