Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.
It was after a nine-year stint in Alcatraz and other prisons that Whitey reunited with his brother William "Billy" Bulger, who was soon to become one of Massachusetts’s most powerful politicians. He also became reacquainted with John Connolly, who had grown up around the corner from the Bulgers and was now - with Billy’s help - a rising star at the FBI. Once Whitey emerged triumphant from the bloody Boston gang wars, Connolly recruited him as an informant against the Mafia. Their clandestine relationship made Whitey untouchable; the FBI overlooked gambling, drugs, and even homicide to protect their source. Among the close-knit Irish community in South Boston, nothing was more important than honor and loyalty, and nothing was worse than being a rat. Whitey is charged with the deaths of 19 people killed over turf, for business, and even for being informants; yet to this day he denies he ever gave up his friends or landed anyone in jail.
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I could barely finish this book. I'm familiar with Boston and Whitey Bulger, but for some reason this book just could not spark my interest. I feel like everything I read was the same old thing. Boring.
Say something about yourself!
While I do not wish to glamorize what Bulger did in his crime-centered existence, I must say that he was a cool cat. Loyal to his parents, brother and immediate "families." Whitey did have his principles - Sunday was a thug-free day. He adhered to the mobster code that bystanders and children were never to be hurt.
For me, when Whitey, gun in hand, looked through a front-facing window of a rival's house, drew down on the man, but smiled and walked away instead. He passed up on an easy kill because there was a child in the room with his nemesis.
I have not. What a gem I have missed.I greatly admire James Colby's credibility in his reading. It's as if either Bulger is telling the story, his FBI "handlers" or other gangsters. Colby was a perfect fit for this book. My next step is to search Audible for books read by Mr. Colby.
Irish wiseguy ... I have no clue. Wiseguy offs other wiseguys (who need killing)?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Engrossed and hooked from the first chapter.
"Gangsters and guns - A real life story."
It seems that the successful American Boston family had a Polititian and a ne'er do well. A policeman and a gangster. And Whitey Bulger's was no different. I was amazed to see he was still active right up into the recent past! Only in June 2012, at 83 he was in Court on numerous counts of murder.
This is a man who's past had to catch up with him. His life as a gangster in the 50's and 60's in Boston was not for the faint hearted and the biggest surprise is that the Feds. took so long to get him permanently in prison.
A great book and really well narrated. Thank you.
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