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

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

You've met the Italian mob
in The Godfather, now welcome
to the real-life world of Irish
America's own murderous clan
of organized crime

The man who has remained silent for more than a decade finally speaks, revealing the gritty true story of his life inside the infamous South Boston Irish mob led by the elusive, Machiavellian kingpin Whitey Bulger, who to this day remains on the lam as one of the world's Ten Most Wanted criminals, second only to Osama bin Laden.

John "Red" Shea was a top lieutenant in the South Boston Irish mob, rising to this position at the age of twenty-one. Thus began his tutelage under the notorious Irish godfather James "Whitey" Bulger. An ice-cold enforcer with a legendary red-hot temper, Shea was a legend among his Southie peers in the 1980s. From the first delivery truck he robbed at thirteen to the start of his twelve-year federal sentence for drug trafficking at twenty-seven, Shea was a portrait in American crime -- a terror, brutal and ruthlessly ambitious. Drug dealer, loan shark, money launderer, and multimillion-dollar narcotics kingpin, Shea was at the pinnacle of power -- until the feds came knocking and eventually obliterated the legendary mob in a well-orchestrated sweep of arrests, fueled by insider tips to the FBI and DEA.

While Bulger's other top men turned informant to save their own hides, Shea alone kept his code of honor and his mouth shut -- loyalty that earned him a dozen years of hard time even as the man he was protecting turned out to be, himself, a rat. For in the end, in a remarkable show of betrayal, Bulger turned out to be the FBI's "main man" and top informant -- tipping off the feds for decades while still managing to operate one of the most murderous and profitable organized crime outfits of all time.

In Rat Bastards, Shea brings that mysterious world and gritty urban Irish American street culture into sharp focus by telling his own story -- of his fatherless upbringing, his apprenticeship on the tough streets of Southie, and his love affair with trouble, boxing, and then the gangster life. In prose that is refreshingly honest, personal, and surprisingly tender, Shea tells his harrowing, unflinching, and unapologetic story. A man who did the crime, did the time, and held fast to the Irish code of silence, which he was raised to follow at any cost, Shea remains a man of honor and in doing so has become a living legend. One of the last of a dying breed, a true stand-up guy.

Shea expects no forgiveness and makes no excuses for the life he chose. His story is intense, compelling, and in your face.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061907517
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 335,293
File size: 473 KB

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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Rat Bastards: The South Boston Irish Mobster Who Took the Rap When Everyone Else Ran 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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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