Hitman

Hitman

by Howie Carr
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Hitman by Howie Carr

Martin Scorsese's The Departed barely touched on his story. Now radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of gangster Johnny Martorano in Hitman.

For two decades Martorano struck fear into anyone even remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty mob murders—for which Johnny would serve twelve years in prison. Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who aided Johnny and Whitey, and at the flamboyant city of Boston which Martorano so ruthlessly ruled.

A plethora of paradoxes, Johnny Martorano was Mr. Mom by day and man-about-town by night. Surrounded by fast-living politicians, sports celebrities, and show biz entertainers, Johnny was charismatically colorful—as charming as he was frightening. After all, he was, in the end…a hitman.

The paperback edition of Howie Carr's riveting true-crime story includes a new epilogue detailing Whitey Bulger's dramatic June 2011 capture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765332394
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 553,801
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Howie Carr is a columnist for the Boston Herald. He wrote The Brothers Bulger, which spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and the New York Times bestseller Hitman. Carr hosts a daily four-hour radio talk show syndicated throughout New England. In 1985, Carr won a National Magazine Award, and in 2008 he was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Carr lives in suburban Boston with his wife and their three daughters.

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Hitman 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this on my Nook over vacation. It's a great book, I couldn't put it down. All of the pictures are viewable on the Nook. Hitman is an amazing account of the true nature of the Boston Underworld and it's characters. As cold and calculating as Johnny could be, he lived by his own "code of honor", and didn't betray anyone who had not already betrayed him. You'll learn how Whitey and Stevie managed to commit crime after crime including multiple murders, and stay on the streets for so long. And how Johnny managed to "supervise" things in Boston while living in Florida. How the heartless and selfserving behavior of the people in the Boston FBI office is as criminal as that of underworld characters they were supposed to be managing. I highly recommend this book.
BestsellingCriminologist More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read about an underworld hitman, his life and times, and associates on both sides of law. Recommended. -- from R. Barri Flowers, bestselling author of true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, and thriller novel, THE HITMAN'S WOMAN, under pen name, Devon Vaughn Archer
bear62 More than 1 year ago
When I was reading this book I could actually see the faces of some of the players. Living on WInter Hill I have expeianced some of the actions in this book the legal ones only. Great reading. Thanks Howie Carr
kenwinston More than 1 year ago
Hitman by Howie Carr is a well written, finely detailed treatise on the life and times of Johnny Martorano and his association with the thugs of the Winter Hill Gang. The gang, led by Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi, used murder, extortion and blackmail to gain traction and control crime in Boston in the late 1900's. As bad as they were (and they were plenty bad), of special note was their compromise of willing police and federal officials who aided and actively protected the gang in their every endeavor. FBI agents and police officers, whom we trust to protecting the public, became willing and even ambitious tools of the gang. Prompted by their unquenchable greed and total eagerness to be corrupted, they spared no effort to help, warn and protect Bulger and his cronies from every threat of public scrutiny, regardless of who led it, including agents of the so called free press. Working with their FBI helpers, Bulger et al murdered anyone who stood in their way and if they couldn't eliminate them with guns they framed them for jail including four petty crooks who served 30+ years of incarceration for a crime they didn't commit. During this time, Bulger and Flemmi protected themselves from federal authorities by becoming informants for the FBI, i.e. rats. Their reports helped the FBI eliminate the criminal competition and protect their own derrieres. While this was going on, there existed an environment of total corruption within government circles. "Jobs" were arranged via political influence and people were paid for not showing up for work. Being on the take and being crooked became a badge of honor. Corrupt police, federal and public officials retired from their jobs with pensions and were rewarded with well paying "security" positions with large public and private companies. For them, crime definitely paid. Howie Carr does an excellent job of describing the felony plagues world of Boston, often detailing events that help paint a vivid picture of this laughably sad and twisted situation. Hitman is an interesting read but leaves one disappointed and disillusioned with the depth of corruption in public life. It demonstrates depravity of these men, their many enablers and their acceptance by the body-politic. Hitman screams out the question: "if this happened 20-30 years ago, has the Boston situation changed? For that matter, is any city any different?" The assumed answer is no. One final word for the reader: Carr describes all the actors in this sordid tale...and there are a lot of them. Many have similar sounding names. The reader would do well to keep a written score card of who is who so as not to confuse the really bad guys from the abominable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was slow and reveals nothing new to the saga of the Boston Mob or police curruption
KristiK8507 More than 1 year ago
Awful.
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My only qualms with Howie Carr's book is a tendency to want to make Johnny Martorano seem not so bad. As a family man, he was a great father and provider. But that doesn't discount he is also a killer -- and murdered a close friend of his, at that. The book is compelling, and doesn't gloss over the FBI corruption and its collateral damage in New England. It does get a little hard to follow because nobody can keep up with every single person mentioned, and I think in some places an overview is better. Less is more, you know? Otherwise, a very well written, riveting account from the perspective of The Hitman. I think it would be more honest to say the book is written from his perspective.
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AM_Donovan More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Johnny Martorano (Whitey Bulger’s hit man), his life story. But it is also the story of Jimmy “the Bear” the Bennett brothers, Stevie Flemmi, Nicky Femia, Barboza, Indian Al, and the entire history of the gang, mob, mafia wars of Boston from 1959 into the 90’s. This is a tale of bargains made with the other gangs, hits gone wrong (and right), informants, crooked cops, politicians and FBI agents. And it tells the story of how it all fell apart. As Johnny explains, it doesn’t count if you rat on a rat. And Whitey Bulger was a big rat. This doesn’t glamorize the Mafia, or the gangland battles, this book tells the truth frankly with no glossing over the details of the innocents accidently killed in botched (or successful) hits. Loyalty is a fleeting thing. In this world it can be a brief as the space between one sentence and the next. I received this book for review purposes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey Howie, you have to tell the full story. You left out the alleged son of Whitey Bulger in Woburn who was discarded by his prostitute mother ,written off to die with leukemia. Deal made with Feds, child lived but not never left alone. He suffers to this day being followed, phone tapped, strange calls, offers to fly him one way out of the United States, job opportunities thwarted, women sent to entice him to no good, video rental records seized and analyzed and physicians trying to commit him to a physicatrict hospital. This guy has a movie script that's gone to hollywood was under review, accepted by a major player, . then someone dropped a dime and it was all over.
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