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David NyhanFans of George Higgins' novels will feel right at home here.... This is how the Mob operates.... The full, grimy story.
— The Boston Globe
Originally published in hardback by St. Martin's in 1989, The Underboss became a national bestseller. Information uncovered during the course of Lehr and O'Neill's Black Mass investigations adds new dimensions to the story and the authors include this new material-including Whitey Bulger's cagey manipulation of the FBI-in The Underboss's revised text and in a new preface and afterword.
|1||Cold Pork Chops||1|
|2||The Mob in Boston||13|
|3||The Rise of Gennaro Angiulo||33|
|8||Inside 98 Prince Street||147|
|9||An Attempted Murder||169|
|10||The Noose Tightens||193|
|12||The Fall of Gennaro Anguilo||227|
Posted August 20, 2013
Posted July 13, 2002
I was pleased to get hold of this book, because my knowledge on the Boston/Providence was minnimal to say the least, I had heard of Raymond Patriaca who was the top man in the Providence area, but i did not know too much about Jerry Anguilo or his brothers, who ran the Boston branch of the family. Anguilo was a strange choice as Godfather of the Boston family, he had never made his bones by murdering anyone, and seemed better known for his ability as a moneymaker doing errands for Patriaca and his own predecesors than gaining genuine respect on the streets from other wiseguys, in fact it seems that indeed he was not the popular choice to be Patriacas rep in Boston. Here was a man who made millions over his criminal life yet ran his outfit like his personnel office, cheap and shabby, yet had an amazing run of luck against law enforcment over the years, often openly taunting them on the streets, until his luck ran out and the feds bugged his office one dark winters night, and caught him and his outfit discussing all kinds of buisness.The book not only gives good detail of the structure of thr Boston Mob but also the FBI agents that worked round the clock in freezing conditions to get their man at all costs.Thought the book was worthy of at least 4 stars mainly for the hitory of the Boston mob that it provides to the reader,and just for the some of the quotes from Jerry Anguilo lambasting some of his subordinates whilst being recorded, especially where he gives his son a good roasting for cocking something else up, no wonder the guy was never given as much respect as his neighbour over in Providence who i must say was the only dissapoinment about the book, that Patriaca didnt figure more, but that aside a great look at the 1980s world of the Boston Mob.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2011
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