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The Westies Audiobook

The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob

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It's men like Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone who gave Hell's Kitchen its name. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Jimmy, a charismatic sociopath, is the leader. Mickey, whose memories of Vietnam torture him daily, is his enforcer. Together they make brutality their trademark, butchering bodies or hurling them out the window. Under their reign, Hell's Kitchen becomes a place where death literally rains from the sky. But when Mickey goes down for a murder he didn't commit, he suspects his friend has sold him out. He returns the favor, breaking the underworld's code of silence and testifying against his gang in open court.

From one of the writers behind NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Street comes an incredible true story of what it means to survive in the world of organized crime, where murder is commonplace.

©2006 T. J. English (P)2017 Tantor

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    Kevin Armstrong Naples, New York USA 09-11-17
    Kevin Armstrong Naples, New York USA 09-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "TJ English's best. Love his work."

    I really love TJ English's well document, well researched books. The Westies is my new favorite. I visited Hell's Kitchen a few years ago. Now I have to go back with this story fresh in my head. An outstanding crime story.

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    Anonymous 07-08-17
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    "brutal!"

    fascinating history considering how recent it all went down, relatively so. I didn't know about the "alliance" with the bigger named Italian families.

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    avid reader 09-29-17
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    "Documentary that reads like a novel."

    This history of Hell's Kitchen and the Irish immigrants that formed an organized crime dynasty is well told, with great detail, and without politicization. The reader can form their own opinions as the events unfold. I especially like the follow up at the end that gives the reader closure on the participants.

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    "What a book"

    Excellent listen from start too finish had me on the edge of my seat "bravo"

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