"This is the definitive story of Whitey Bulger…a masterwork of reporting." —Michael Connelly, best-selling author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye
A New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Boston Globe Bestseller
An instant classic, this unforgettable narrative, rich with family ties and intrigue, follows the astonishing career of a gangster whose life was more sensational than fiction. Cullen and Murphy have broken more Bulger stories than anyone, and Whitey Bulger became front-page news, revealing the mobster's secret letters written from Plymouth Jail after the sixteen-year manhunt that led to his capture and offering unparalleled insight into his contradictions and complex personality. The afterword covering the results of the dramatic and emotional trial provides a riveting denouement to this "eminently fair and thorough telling of a life, which makes it all the more damning" (Boston Globe).
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Reluctant to pick up a book about Whitey, since there are so many out there written by wannabes or second hand associates with embellished truths. This book is a well researched, thoroughly detailed and equally engrossing account of New England's most notorious name. Couldn't put it down. Recommend it to anyone, especially those who live in New England.
I'm pretty familiar with South Boston because of my husband who was from southie. He knew who Whitey was and relayed many stories. Many of the names in the book were familiar. I couldn't put this book down......just loved it.
My husband was convinced that Whitey was in Ireland so when we made our first trip there in 1994, my husband said that if we were walking down the street and he disappeared suddenly, it was because he saw Whitey and Whitey would recognize him. Of course it never happened. Thank God.
We were both recovering alcoholics and spent a lot of time in southie at the Gavin House and at meetings in the Tynan School.
An engrossing character study and disturbing revelatory exposé of a respected institution.