A Criminal and an Irishman: The Inside Story of the Boston Mob-IRA Connection

A Criminal and an Irishman: The Inside Story of the Boston Mob-IRA Connection

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by Patrick Nee, Richard Farrell, Michael Blythe
     
 

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Former rival and associate of James "Whitey" Bulger tells all. After returning from Vietnam where he served as a combat Marine, Pat Nee fought a gang war against Whitey Bulger. When members of Nee's Mullen gang killed the leader of Bulger's Killeen faction, Nee arranged for the dispute to be mediated by Howie Winter and Patriarca

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Former rival and associate of James "Whitey" Bulger tells all. After returning from Vietnam where he served as a combat Marine, Pat Nee fought a gang war against Whitey Bulger. When members of Nee's Mullen gang killed the leader of Bulger's Killeen faction, Nee arranged for the dispute to be mediated by Howie Winter and Patriarca crime family captain Joseph Russo. The two gangs joined forces, with Winter as overall boss. When Winter was convicted of fixing horse races in 1979, Bulger became leader, and Nee responded by concentrating his energy on raising money and smuggling guns to the Provisional IRA. Disgusted by Bulger's brutality, and increasingly focused on the Irish cause, Nee distanced himself from his former ally. Ultimately it was revealed that, for years, Bulger had served as an FBI informant. 

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 James "Whitey" Bulger. His narrative transports the reader 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.


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Editorial Reviews

People in rough-and-tumble South Boston knew not to mess with Patrick Nee. This ex-Marine Southie son was not only a major player in Boston's Irish Mob; he was also a defiantly active smuggler for the Irish Republican Army. Two years in prison for attempting to transport seven tons of weapons to the IRA did nothing to reform him: Soon after receiving early parole, he staged an armored car robbery to raise money for the Cause. In A Criminal and an Irishman, the now retired gangster speaks his piece about gang wars, revenge killings, and the "criminal gene" that made it all possible.
Publishers Weekly
Nee served 18 months for planning the largest shipment of arms from America to the IRA in 1984. He was also an associate of the notorious mobster Whitey Bulger in South Boston. But Nee's insider account of his career as a thug and an IRA gunrunner proves less interesting than one might expect. The details of his youth and teenage descent into gang membership will sound familiar to most readers. And while Nee attempts to present himself as a genuine Irish patriot, saying others merely pay lip service to the cause of the IRA, those claims are less than convincing, given, among other things, his declaration that "[t]o this day, I'm not sure what was the deciding factor for me in linking our underworld activities with the IRA's cause. Maybe I was bored with Whitey." In the end, there is too little in this account (written with the help of journalist Farrell and screenwriter Blythe) to keep the attention of any but the most die-hard true crime buff. (Mar. 14) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586421830
Publisher:
Steerforth Press
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
300,765
File size:
3 MB

Read an Excerpt

"Not one account in this book is taken from a newspaper article, a police report, or somebody else's 'gangster' book. Everything detailed in this book I have either done, seen done, or heard about from the person who did it. Most reporters and authors who write Southie gangster books use CIs - confidential informers - as sources. However, seldom is the majority of information compiled by these sources correct information. Confidential informers are self-serving criminals who lie. This book is different from other books on the Boston Irish mob or any other 'Whitey/Southie' crime book. If my recollections don't match those in some other book by some other criminal, I don't care. My memory is not perfect. This is my life as I remember it. And I'm comfortable with that." - Author's Note, Patrick Nee


From the Hardcover edition.

Meet the Author

At fourteen Patrick Nee became associated with the gang that would later battle Whitey Bulger for rights to Southie’s criminal activities. A Marine veteran of Vietnam, Pat helped the Irish Republican Army smuggle money, guns, and munitions out of the United States. He served nearly two years in prison for the Valhalla smuggling operation, received early parole, then promptly attempted to rob an armored car in order to raise funds for the IRA. He served nine years for this later conviction, and today he works as a day laborer and spends time with his two daughters and grandchildren. He lives in South Boston.

Richard Farrell won the du Pont—Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for his film High on Crack Street. He covered the war in Bosnia, has directed several award-winning films, and has written articles for the Boston Globe and numerous other publications. He lives in southern New Hampshire.

Michael Blythe, like his good friend Pat Nee, is a lifelong South Boston resident who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a screenwriter and father of six.

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A Criminal and an Irishman: The Inside Story of the Boston Mob-IRA Connection 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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shamrocklady2 More than 1 year ago
Very good insight into the real Whitey Bulger world. written by a true American Veteran and an Irishman.
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lawmarine32 More than 1 year ago
Although Pat Nee is indeed a Marine Corps veteran he is not a very good writer. Nee comes off as a petty thief who loves the thrill of being important. His desire to aid the IRA in their struggle was noble but somewhat trivial. I liked reading about how his Marine Corps background helped him to make decisions. Its an ok read...
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