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Steve Wick was born in Camden, N.J., in 1951 and grew up in nearby Haddonfield. He has been a journalist at Newsday on Long Island for more than 30 years. He has shared in two of Newsday's Pulitzer Prizes for Local Reporting and has won numerous other journalism awards. He has published three non-fiction books: Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood and the Cotton Club Murder; Heaven and Earth: The Last Farmers of the North Fork; and The Long Night: William L. Shirer and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. He lives on eastern Long Island.
Steve Wick author Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood and the Cotton Club Murder
In 1983, Roy Radin, would-be impresario, joined forces with fading movie producer Robert Evans and Elaine "Laney" Jacobs, a woman with the burning ambition to use the millions she had made by drug dealing to buy her way into the movie industry. Together they planned to finance the movie Cotton Club. When Radin's body was found miles away from Los Angeles, the police had few clues and eventually had to put the investigation on hold. At the request of Radin's mother, New York Newsday's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Steve Wick, began looking into Radin's last weeks and soon unearthed the sordid connection between deal making and drug dealing that set all Hollywood on its ear. Bad Company is both a fascinating and strangely repellent look at the darker side of the entertainment industry, as well as a striking portrait of the people who control the drug culture in this country