In the early 1960's a bloody civil war broke out between the two powerful Irish Mob families in the Somerville Massachusetts neighborhood known as Winter Hill. Over sixty men were murdered, including the leader of the Winter Hill Gang, James "Buddy" McLean. The leadership of one of the most influential non-Italian crime organizations in the United States was inherited by his childhood friend, Howard T. "Howie" Winter. In CITIZEN SOMERVILLE the events during his tenure offer a true picture of an era in Boston's pre-Whitey Bulger history when the streets were protected by a close-knit group of Irish-Italian "businessmen."
The son of one of Winter's closest friends, BOBBY MARTINI has laid his own history bare to depict a life of survival in the rough streets of Somerville, stopping just short of entering the Mob life. The death of Martini's two brothers as well as the murders and suicides of scores of others reveal the darker personal side of a small New England town.
CITIZEN SOMERVILLE slices a layer deeper than a crime memoir by allowing a usually ostracized faction to speak - the women. After decades of silence, three strong and very different females lift the Mob veil and voice their own struggle to survive in Somerville's criminal circle.
Often painfully poignant and yet frequently hilarious, CITIZEN SOMERVILLE is a microscopic view of a generation struggling to walk the moral tightrope between societal decency and the loyalty of criminality.
|Publisher:||Powder House Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you need to get away from the present but can't afford a trip, you cannot lose by purchasing this book. It will not only transport you but keep you focused and engrossed to the very end ! What better way to get some R and R in your own home ! Buy it now!
I read the prologue online, and I couldn't find a copy fast enough. I worked for Ellen Brogna years ago,and knew Gary Winter. Mr Martini & Ms Keratsis have captured his essence, in those brief few words, and I was exited! I was not disappointed! This was REAL! I have read many books on Whitey Bulger and company, most of them bored me to tears. CITIZEN SOMERVILLE is different. NOT ABOUT WHITEY!!!! Captivating. Real. HONEST. If you think you have read it all, you are wrong. This book is so different!I couldn't put it down! This is not a "Poor me!" story. This is not a blood and gore "Stephen King type" tell all.It's not a plea of innocence. CITIZEN SOMERVILLE tells of the humans and humanity behind the headlines. The trials and tribulations of growing up in a world, most of us think we know, but do not. Boston's infamous Irish Mob. It is seen through the eyes of two men of different generations, and the women around them. The understanding, self accountability, and wisdom of surviving chaos and heartbreak of a way of life foreign to all but those that lived it. You will laugh, you will cry, you will understand. It was wonderfully told. Thank you Bobby Martini. I know Gary is smiling and proud, wherever he is.