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Hitman Audiobook

Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano, Whitey Bulger’s Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Brothers Bulger comes the story of Johnny Martorano, whom the FBI called “the most feared man in the underworld.”

Martin Scorcese’s The Departed barely touched his story, but radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist, Howie Carr, takes us into the heart of the life of Johnny Martorano. For two decades Martorano struck fear into anyone remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to 20 murders for which Johnny would serve only 12 years in prison. Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who aided Johnny and Whitey and at the flamboyant city of Boston which they so ruthlessly ruled. But most of all, Carr depicts Johnny—the most fascinating crime figure Carr has ever encountered. A plethora of paradoxes, he was Mr. Mom by day and man-about-town by night. Surrounded by fast-living politicians, sports celebrities and show biz entertainers, Johnny was charismatically colorful—as charming as he was frightening. After all, he was in the end…a hitman.

After graduating from high school, John Martorano turned down seven football scholarships and instead stayed in Boston.  Hanging out in the notorious Combat Zone, he fell under the guidance of Stephen Flemmi--high ranking Winter Hill mobster and close associate of James "Whitey" Bulger--and by the age of 25, Martorano was a professional killer.  He became one of the Winter Hill Gang's most prolific--and feared--enforcers.  This is the gripping true-life story of Martorano's years killing for the Winter Hill Gang, told in Carr's arresting inimitable style.

©2011 Frandel, LLC (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Howie Carr weaves a frightening tale of unlawful conduct, and it’s all true.” (Bill O’Reilly, Fox News commentator and bestselling author)

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    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 06-01-11
    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "My audible listening enjoyment has taken a hit"

    I usually like mafia books, but this one is below mediocre. Although the publisher promoted the book by saying Johnny Mortarano was an unlikely hitman, he's a psychopath, with the lowest moral character, who is among the likeliest to become a murderer and criminal.

    The writing has no panache. The author introduces so many characters, that it is extremely difficult to keep track of them. The writing is merely a bland recitation of the events. The story is told through the cross examination of Mortarano through a defense attorney who is trying to impeach Mortarano's credibility. It's a good device - but hey- everything else about the book sucks.

    Although the author says Mortarano never went to college, wikipedia says he played football for the Boston College Eagles. He's even listed on the Boston College Eagles, wikipedia page. WTF.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Ryan Jr. 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Howie Carr is a piece of shit"

    Most of the "Nicknames" are names that only Howie Carr used, I question how much of this book is made up by Mr Carr

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    Martin McAuliffe 12-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book and Story"

    Excellent reading! Only constructive criticism is that you need consultant from Boston to properly pronounce names and locations.

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    Audio Diva 10-30-15
    Audio Diva 10-30-15 Member Since 2014

    As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.

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    "Howie Carr does it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hitman to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I found it hard to follow all the little stories, within the story, but listening to the book made it understandable and I was able to follow it, completely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hitman?

    I loved the Q & A banter, between the Prosecutor and John.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book was very well written. I listen to Howie Carr on the radio, almost everyday.
    The story was true in the telling and, descriptions clear. Read The Brothers Bulger, then this and get the full story of what happened in Boston's South-end.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for The Rifleman, to come out in Audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jugg Menifee, CA, United States 09-17-15
    Jugg Menifee, CA, United States 09-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A Rare Peak Inside The World of Organized Crime."

    A good story. Johnny Martorano becomes an unlikely hero and the FBI takes a couple on the chin.

    Illegal gambling, loan sharking, truck hijacking, fencing stolen goods and of course, murder. All in a days work for a tough old Southie guy and his pals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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