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For decades the FBI let James ''Whitey'' Bulger get away with murder, allowing him continued control of his criminal enterprise in exchange for information. He went on the lam in 1995, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, 2011 followed top-ranked Osama bin Laden on the FBI'''s Ten Most Wanted List, and then was captured in Santa Monica, California weeks after Bin Laden's demise.
Edward J. MacKenzie, Jr. was a drug dealer and enforcer who would do just about anything for Bulger. In this compelling eyewitness account, Eddie Mac delivers the goods on his one-time boss and on such former associates as Stephen ''The Rifleman'' Flemmi and turncoat FBI agent John Connolly.
Street Soldier is also a story of the search for family, for acceptance, for respect, loyalty, and love. Abandoned by his parents at the age of four, Mackenzie became a ward of the state, suffered physical and sexual abuse, and eventually drifted into Bulger's orbit.
The Eddie Mac who emerges in these pages is complex: An enforcer who was also a national kick-boxing champion; a womanizer who fought for custody of his daughters; a kid never given much of a chance who went on, as an adult, to earn a college degree in three years; a man who lived by a strict code of loyalty but also helped set up a sting operation that would net one of the largest hauls of cocaine ever seized.
Street Soldier is as disturbing and fascinating as a crime scene, as heart-stopping as a bar fight, and at times as darkly comic as Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction or Martin Scorsese's Good Fellas.
Actor/Producer/Writer Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga Films, Nurse Jackie) announced within days of Bulger's arrest – that he has secured funding and a script for a movie adaptation of Street Soldier, which he optioned nine months earlier.
©2003 Edward J. MacKenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas (P)2011 steerforth press llc
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Critic Reviews

"Eddie MacKenzie's graphic account of his life as a violent street criminal in South Boston is almost unspeakably brutal, coldblooded, ruthless, merciless, callous, cruel - and fascinating. Reading it is like happening upon a street crime and entering the perpetrator's mind.” (John W. Dean in the New York Times Book Review)
“An almost unbeatable insider's account of the mob.”( Library Journal)
“MacKenzie is the first ‘predator' (his description) from the murderous Irish mob in Boston to come forward without an indictment hanging over his head and attempt to tell the ugly truth about an organized crime group that plagued Boston for much of the past 30 years.” (Jonathan Wells in the Boston Herald)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cranky Greg on 08-22-12

Mathias Bossi is the Boss! Wow!

OK, this book is interesting. Another mob has-been cashing-in on his life of crime. Tawdry at times but apparently brutally honest, which I liked.

What I really loved about this audiobook was the narrator! He is simply marvelous! It was like having the gangster himself telling me his story!

The accent, the speed of his delivery, everything was fantastic.

The story is good, kinda crazy, and Bossi's narration makes this book a must-have!

I loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By ron on 02-06-12

very intense view of life in South Boston

I loved it! story of rise to power and the down fall of an enforcer. you have got to listen to it.

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