Rat Bastards: The South Boston Irish Mobster Who Took the Rap When Everyone Else Ran

Rat Bastards: The South Boston Irish Mobster Who Took the Rap When Everyone Else Ran

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Rat Bastards: The South Boston Irish Mobster Who Took the Rap When Everyone Else Ran by John "Red" Shea

John "Red" Shea, 40, was a top lieutenant in the South Boston Irish mob run, led by James "Whitey" Bulger. An ice–cold enforcer with a red–hot temper, Shea was a legend among his peers in the 1990s South Boston, as much as John Gotti, Bugsy Siegel, and Al Capone were in their time and place. When the actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, raised in nearby Dorchester, learned of a script based on Shea's life circulating in Hollywood, he immediately committed to playing the gangster on screen. A major feature film project is now in development.

From the age of thirteen, when he started robbing delivery trucks, to the age of twenty–seven, when he began serving a twelve–year federal sentence for drug trafficking, Shea was a portrait in American crime – a bantam–weight, red–headed terror, brutal with his fists and deadly with a lead pipe, a baseball bat, or a knife. At fifteen he was selling marijuana . At seventeen he was handling Bulger's cocaine. At eighteen he was loan sharking and laundering Bulger's money. At twenty, initiated into Bulger's inner circle at the point of an Uzi, he was running a multimillion–dollar narcotics operation for his mentor.

RAT BASTARDS was the first–ever, firsthand account of mob life that wasn't told by a rat. Red Shea did his crime, then did his time––and never informed, unlike Henry Hill of Wiseguy, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano of Underboss, and so many others. Holding fast to the code of his upbringing, he remained a man of honor.

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ISBN-13: 9780061232893
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/09/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 661,340
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

John "Red" Shea, forty, completed his twelve-year federal prison sentence in 2002 and is now living on the right side of the law and working in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is that of a high school dropout that seems to think he is the toughest thing out there. He wasn't afaid to stand up to whitey and whitey had to stop him from killing please give me a break. Anyone in southie knows this is crap. he's trying to make himself out to be a trustworty boxing champion when in fact he is just a high school drop out street thug. He's the rat basterd the way he claims to have treated his sisters and women in his live. He claims he did'n get married and have kids because in his line of work they could be used to get to him I tend to believe no woman would marry such a loser. he is a liar and really pathetic street drug dealer, hope he thinks he's cool because he's the only one!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like non fiction books about organized crime, read this book. I've read many books similar in theme and this was the first one where the person its about  didn't turn rat to save himself. Bravo for staying true to the code and saying you and you alone got you sent to prison so you did your time accordingly. Were from the same Generation, the code was and is rule number one, drug dealer or lawyer or whoever. Excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible book
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was a real joy to read.mr. shea seems to be a no-nonsense character, but he is eloquent and demonstrates wit and humor.one of the better books by ex-criminals i have read.
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