Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob
  • Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob
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Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob

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by Kevin Weeks, Phyllis Karas
     
 

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I grew up in the Old Colony housing project in South Boston and became partners with James "Whitey" Bulger, who I always called Jimmy.

Jimmy and I, we were unstoppable. We took what we wanted. And we made people disappear—permanently. We made millions. And if someone ratted us out, we killed him. We were not nice guys.

I found out that Jimmy had been an

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Overview

I grew up in the Old Colony housing project in South Boston and became partners with James "Whitey" Bulger, who I always called Jimmy.

Jimmy and I, we were unstoppable. We took what we wanted. And we made people disappear—permanently. We made millions. And if someone ratted us out, we killed him. We were not nice guys.

I found out that Jimmy had been an FBI informant in 1999, and my life was never the same. When the feds finally got me, I was faced with something Jimmy would have killed me for—cooperating with the authorities. I pled guilty to twenty-nine counts, including five murders. I went away for five and a half years.

I was brutally honest on the witness stand, and this book is brutally honest, too; the brutal truth that was never before told. How could it? Only three people could tell the true story. With one on the run and one in jail for life, it falls on me.

Editorial Reviews

T. J. English
"Rarely have the nuts-and-bolts of ‘the gangster life’ been laid bare in such shocking, unvarnished detail."
Michael Palmer
"Mesmerizing and fascinating ... no organized crime fiction I have read has anything on this book. I couldn’t put it down."
Julian Krainin
"A dazzling story...Brutal is the most revealing and chilling true crime story that I have ever read."
– George Anastasia
“Weeks lands a knockout punch with this compelling look at one of the most intriguing figures in the American underworld.”
– T. J. English
“Rarely have the nuts-and-bolts of ‘the gangster life’ been laid bare in such shocking, unvarnished detail.”
– Michael Palmer
“Mesmerizing and fascinating ... no organized crime fiction I have read has anything on this book. I couldn’t put it down.”
– Boston Sunday Globe
“…most interesting and accurate. When Weeks talks about Bulger, he’s got the goods and he makes clear the others don’t.”
– Boston Phoenix
“Weeks has made his literary bones. He has credibility…”
—Deseret Morning News
“Absorbing.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Bulger has spawned a handful of books about his mayhem. So far, Weeks’ is the best. ”
– Julian Krainin
“A dazzling story...Brutal is the most revealing and chilling true crime story that I have ever read.”
Boston Phoenix
"Weeks has made his literary bones. He has credibility…"
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Bulger has spawned a handful of books about his mayhem. So far, Weeks’ is the best. "
Boston Sunday Globe
"…most interesting and accurate. When Weeks talks about Bulger, he’s got the goods and he makes clear the others don’t."
Deseret Morning News
"Absorbing."
George Anastasia
"Weeks lands a knockout punch with this compelling look at one of the most intriguing figures in the American underworld."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061148064
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/13/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
284,334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Julian Krainin
“A dazzling story...Brutal is the most revealing and chilling true crime story that I have ever read.”
Michael Palmer
“Mesmerizing and fascinating ... no organized crime fiction I have read has anything on this book. I couldn’t put it down.”
T. J. English
“Rarely have the nuts-and-bolts of ‘the gangster life’ been laid bare in such shocking, unvarnished detail.”

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