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Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.
It was after a nine-year stint in Alcatraz and other prisons that Whitey reunited with his brother William "Billy" Bulger, who was soon to become one of Massachusetts’s most powerful politicians. He also became reacquainted with John Connolly, who had grown up around the corner from the Bulgers and was now - with Billy’s help - a rising star at the FBI. Once Whitey emerged triumphant from the bloody Boston gang wars, Connolly recruited him as an informant against the Mafia. Their clandestine relationship made Whitey untouchable; the FBI overlooked gambling, drugs, and even homicide to protect their source. Among the close-knit Irish community in South Boston, nothing was more important than honor and loyalty, and nothing was worse than being a rat. Whitey is charged with the deaths of 19 people killed over turf, for business, and even for being informants; yet to this day he denies he ever gave up his friends or landed anyone in jail.
©2013 Globe Newspaper Company, Inc. (P)2013 Recorded Books
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By John Covey on 03-31-14

Excellent Read

Would you listen to Whitey Bulger again? Why?

Very good book and interesting subject matter. Read with just the right tone, and excellent skill. Like a "who done it" mystery, but real life.

What other book might you compare Whitey Bulger to and why?

I've read Rifleman about Stevie Flemmie and that was good background to this book. Being from Massachusetts I'm fascinated by this subject.

Have you listened to any of James Colby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I could, but too long.

Any additional comments?

Good read/listen. I recommend it highly.

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By A. Garofalo on 02-20-14


I could barely finish this book. I'm familiar with Boston and Whitey Bulger, but for some reason this book just could not spark my interest. I feel like everything I read was the same old thing. Boring.

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By Brian or Jenna on 07-08-13

Gangsters and guns - A real life story.

It seems that the successful American Boston family had a Polititian and a ne'er do well. A policeman and a gangster. And Whitey Bulger's was no different. I was amazed to see he was still active right up into the recent past! Only in June 2012, at 83 he was in Court on numerous counts of murder.

This is a man who's past had to catch up with him. His life as a gangster in the 50's and 60's in Boston was not for the faint hearted and the biggest surprise is that the Feds. took so long to get him permanently in prison.

A great book and really well narrated. Thank you.


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By Paul on 06-27-17


Whether you want a good gangster book or are looking to hear the about the rise and fall of Whitey, this won't disappoint.

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By cliff willumsen on 10-03-16

very enjoyable

a wonderful story will written well performed it was amazing how corrupt the FBI was even as late as 2000

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