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Publisher's Summary

A Criminal and an Irishman is the story of Pat Nee's life as an Irish immigrant and Southie son, a Marine, a convicted IRA gun smuggler, and a former violent rival and then associate of Whitey Bulger. His narrative transports the listener into the criminal underworld, inside planning and preparation for an armored car heist, inside gang wars and revenge killings. Nee details his evolution from tough street kid to armed robber to dangerous potential killer, and discloses for the first time how he used his underworld connections and know-how as a secret, Boston-based operative for the Irish Republican Army.

For years, Pat smuggled weapons and money from the United States to Ireland - in the bottoms of coffins, behind false panels of vans - leading up to a transatlantic shipment of seven and a half tons of munitions aboard the fishing trawler Valhalla. No other Southie underworld figure can match Pat's reputation for resolve and authenticity.

©2006, 2007 Patrick Nee, Richard Farrell, Michael Blythe and Thomas Lyons (P)2011 Patrick Nee, Richard Farrell, Michael Blythe and Thomas Lyons

Critic Reviews

"A profane, often brutal memoir . . . Nee maintained an uneasy alliance with [Whitey] Bulger while persuing his personal cause -- raising money and smuggling weapons for the Irish Republican Army." (The Boston Herald)
"Nee commits some horrible crimes, from attempted murder to armed robbery. Yet even as he chases someone with a rifle through South Boston, he's the sort of guy you want to root for." (The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune)

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  • Paul
  • port charlotte, FL, United States
  • 06-04-12

Interesting for fans of the genre

Being a criminal and an Irishman myself, I found it interesting. However, not sure how much it would appeal to a general audience

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What made the experience of listening to A Criminal and an Irishman the most enjoyable?

I loved this book and I highly recommend it!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Very honest, straight facts.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I listened to it a second time right after finishing the first one.

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  • bigsdavey
  • 02-13-17

loved it

loved it, couldn't stop once I got started definitely one I'd recommend and will definitely come back to again.

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  • Renzo
  • 12-31-16

Americans.sponsoring terrorism

Self justification by an individual who's actions brought death &misery to many. Not.to mention the. disappeared of.Ireland.
Americans sponsoring terrorism

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  • Darren
  • 04-05-16

great book.

you can forget black mass and whitey bulger.. pat nee is a real son of Southie and Ireland. defiantly worth the listen.

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  • Gerald
  • 09-19-15

Great listen

Very interesting to hear the story from the horses mouth until now I only knew what I heard on the news