• The Harlem Plug

  • The Richard "Fritz" Simmons Story
  • By: Harlem Holiday
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Michael Durm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace." (Malcolm X)

In Harlem’s tumultuous history, there are many tragedies. For those growing up in this part of New York City, a young man known simply as Fritz from West 112th Street became an urban legend in Harlem. 

In the 1970s, Richard “Fritz” Simmons is introduced to the drug trade by an associate of the Lucchese crime family, one of the five families of La Cosa Nostra (the Mafia). After negotiating a deal with the Medellín Cartel, Fritz becomes New York’s Cocaine Consignment King. The lucrative deal unlocks a lavish lifestyle with more money than Fritz’s family and Harlem could’ve imagined. Now distributing kilos of cocaine on a kingpin level to many well-known Harlem heavyweights, Fritz employs hundreds throughout the five boroughs of New York City and neighboring states. Fritz further extends his generosity in ways few from the community had ever seen. Fritz reigns supreme for more than a decade in the drug game, making millions under the radar of the NYPD, and he never got busted. Some look at Fritz as the Keyser Soze of the '80s, the most enigmatic drug dealer of that time. 

Harlem Holiday brings her inside scoop after almost three decades of silence, speculation, and secrecy. This biography is the in-depth story of Fritz never before told; the tale of how a lowly street hustler rises to orchestrate a one-man syndicate. It’s an account of events, as told by Fritz’s family and closest friends, and details gathered from newspaper clippings, magazine articles, court transcripts, and social media. Fritz’s truth, joy, and despair are fully disclosed, while circumstances surrounding his death still remain a mystery.

©2020 Harlem Holiday (P)2021 Harlem Holiday

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Excellent and reality

I am hoping for a part 2 of how everyone ended up in life. Especially Shelah. So sad.

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Great book!

Loved it! Great story and prayers and much love to the family and families! Awesome story and from me reading this Fritz is gone but definitely not forgotten! (Ray Ray from Cleveland Ohio)

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Great Story

Wonderful work. The author took you to Harlem in a way that wasn’t expected. This story was bigger than Fritz. Meaning it emphasized the family and environment that created him. It was more about a family struggling trying to make it. The highs and lows Almost like two books in one. Not what I was expecting but honestly not mad at it!!!!

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weak book

struggled but did not enjoy................,
no one in the world
or way to like this book.

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Classic

This book tells a story that needs to be told!! Fritz was definitely a king!!!

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Awesome, Awesome, Just F*ckin Awesome ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The story is about 8hrs long, it's so good, I'm gonna listen again. Awesome

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Outstanding

A must have, enjoy every single chapter. Well told the author definitely did the research.

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Great story

A Surprisingly well written well told story,
I really enjoyed the flow of the book.
The storyline was great! It easily could become a feature film. Looking forward to reading future books by the author.