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The Resource Hitman : the untold story of Johnny Martorano : Whitey Bulger's enforcer and the most feared gangster in the underworld, Howie Carr

Hitman : the untold story of Johnny Martorano : Whitey Bulger's enforcer and the most feared gangster in the underworld, Howie Carr

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Hitman : the untold story of Johnny Martorano : Whitey Bulger's enforcer and the most feared gangster in the underworld
Title
Hitman
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the untold story of Johnny Martorano : Whitey Bulger's enforcer and the most feared gangster in the underworld
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Howie Carr
Title variation
Hitman
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the untold story of Johnny Martorano, Whitey Bulgers enforcer and the most feared gangster in the underworld
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eng
Summary
Crime reporter Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of Johnny Martorano. 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 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 showbiz entertainers, Johnny was charismatically colorful--as charming as he was frightening. After all, he was, in the end, a hitman.--From publisher description
Review
  • Between 1965 and 1982, Johnny Martorano murdered twenty people, most at the behest of famed Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger. In his latest, talk radio host Carr (The Brothers Bulger) carefully traces Martorano's life, from his middle-class upbringing in Somerville, Mass. to his eventual deal with the FBI. Unfortunately, the book becomes bogged down with its multitude of sordid details of hits and shifting alliances. Before Bulger—who formed the Winter Hill Gang and became one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted before he was arrested in southern California in June, 2011—Martorano worked independently, with ties to both Irish gangs and Boston's Italian organized crime (known as "In Town"). Carr wisely juxtaposes his research with excerpts both from his own interviews with Martorano and snippets of his testimony from the trial of corrupt ex-FBI agent John "Zip" Connelly. Forthright about the murders he committed (his deal with the FBI resulted in a 12-year sentence), Martorano justifies the hits as protecting his friends' and family's best interests. Ironically, when he finds out that Bulger has been a FBI informant for over 30 years, this strict adherence to loyalty compels him to testify. Carr leaves no criminal tie unexamined, but the sheer number of unsavory characters threatens to overwhelm the reader. (May) --Staff (Reviewed August 15, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 33, p)
  • Boston Herald columnist Carr has produced a rat-a-tat journey through Boston's underworld. After 17 years as a fugitive, Johnny Martorano became an informant upon discovering that his former Winter Hill Gang partners James "Whitey" Bulger and Steve "the Rifleman" Flemmi had been in cahoots with corrupt FBI agents for decades. Though the book centers on Martorano's testimony, the central enigmatic figure is Whitey, who has been on the lam since 1995. The narrative is greatly enhanced by interspersed passages in Martorano's own words and snippets of his testimony. Although Carr includes many photos and a "Where Are They Now—2010" addendum, readers may still find it difficult to keep track of the complicated relationships and multiple players. Martorano admitted to killing 20 people, but, amazingly, he still comes across as a nice guy. Released from prison in 2007, he is now back in Boston. VERDICT This will especially appeal to those interested in the history of organized crime and Boston, but it would be more useful if references were included.— Karen Sandlin Silverman, Ctr. for Applied Research, Philadelphia --Karen Sandlin Silverman (Reviewed April 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 6, p96)
Biography type
individual biography
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391151
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DLC
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Carr, Howie
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  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
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non fiction
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True
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  • Martorano, Johnny
  • Gangsters
  • Murderers
  • Organized crime
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the untold story of Johnny Martorano, Whitey Bulger's enforcer and the most feared gangster in the underworld
Label
Hitman : the untold story of Johnny Martorano : Whitey Bulger's enforcer and the most feared gangster in the underworld, Howie Carr
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Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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814173
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
464 pages
Isbn
9780765326393
Lccn
2010036511
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, portraits
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  • (Sirsi) i9780765326393
  • (OCoLC)651912636
Label
Hitman : the untold story of Johnny Martorano : Whitey Bulger's enforcer and the most feared gangster in the underworld, Howie Carr
Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
814173
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
464 pages
Isbn
9780765326393
Lccn
2010036511
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765326393
  • (OCoLC)651912636

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