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Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Powderhouse Press; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982991509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982991503
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Underworld dramas in Boston have made headlines for decades but we've never heard from the supporting cast, the women and children. In Citizen Somerville their tales make for an eye-opening, fascinating read. Laura Raposa --The Boston Herald

An instant classic by a true insider, it will have you turning pages late into the night. Dripping with authenticity, and the rough-and-tumble characters within are alternately harrowing and hilarious. A great read! --Writer/Director Bobby Farrelly

A truly magnificent work. A gripping account of the Winter Hill Gang and other remarkable events that occurred in and around Boston over decades. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Get it! --Ed Begley, Jr.

About the Author

BOBBY MARTINI is a former cop, a one-time amateur boxer, a Teamster for films and television, stuntman and lifelong resident of Somerville. He's been intimately linked to Howie Winter and the Winter Hill Gang since childhood. ELAYNE KERATSIS is a film producer and life-long scribe living the "reel" gypsy life of traveling the world, shooting film, writing, and anticipating what will come next. She is a Massachusetts native.

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The book was an easy read and was very enjoyable from cover to cover.
Dave H
The women in the story will tell you the wrenching story of the lives they led, never knowing from day to day if their husbands are coming home.
J. Clough
Excellent read, couldnt put this book down, Just ask my husband, read it in like 3 days.
M Wright

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Wally Cole on November 18, 2010
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You know when the feeling you get caught up in a newspaper or magazine article that you know is based on fact, but then drift off into another place where it becomes too fantastic to be true? That's the feeling I got reading Citizen Somerville. But guess what? It's all true, and it's a damn good read. Bobby Martini and Elayne Keratisis have transported us into another world, not just another underworld,either, but a world filled with demons and devils, angels and horrors, heros and saints. Real stuff, here. Gritty, but shot full of the raw emotion lurking in any city in any town USA. But this town is special. It's got secrets.
Get this book, set yourself up in a nice chair with a good light and be prepared to stay there transfixed until you hit the last page.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By joseph m. macarelli on December 3, 2010
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I laughed and I cried, it was so refreshing to find a truthful version of the calamity that visited this burg in the '60s thru present day. The character development was poignant, real people that jump off the pages 'right in your face'. I was reminded so much of how fragile life is. I particularly enjoyed the proof positive of how nonsensical and brutal the male/female ego is....a fact that still permeates our modern day psyche whether it be bar fights, gay bashing, bullying. etc., etc. It flows easily and is a quick read. I even catch myself reading excerpts to those unaware of both these fine authors' work. BRAVO.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dina Keratsis on November 22, 2010
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As a resident of Somerville and a history fanatic, it seemed a no-brainer to buy this book. I'm glad I did. I couldn't put it down. The writing moves and the tale, told from first-hand accounts, including that of the elusive Howie Winter, is absolutely priceless. Thanks to the authors for telling a human story, which was sometimes harsh, sometimes funny, always honest, and surprisingly sad. I personally found this book fascinating because the world I occupy as a "citizen Somerville" is very different from the world described here, where the after effects of the Irish Wars still resonate for some of my neighbors. The read served as a reminder of the many layers of human experience where two people may inhabit the same time and space and whether by fate or choice have two very different lives and that, of course, is not confined to Somerville. A highly recommended read for historians, true crime fans, those who enjoy biographies and memoirs and frankly, any one who enjoys a good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bambi on January 26, 2011
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I read the prologue online, and I couldn't find a copy fast enough. I worked for Ellen Brogna years ago,and knew Gary Winter. Mr Martini & Ms Keratsis have captured his essence, in those brief few words, and I was exited! I was not disappointed! This was REAL! I have read many books on Whitey Bulger and company, most of them bored me to tears. CITIZEN SOMERVILLE is different. NOT ABOUT WHITEY!!!!
Captivating. Real. HONEST. If you think you have read it all, you are wrong. This book is so different!I couldn't put it down! This is not a "Poor me!" story. This is not a blood and gore "Stephen King type" tell all.It's not a plea of innocence.

CITIZEN SOMERVILLE tells of the humans and humanity behind the headlines. The trials and tribulations of growing up in a world, most of us think we know, but do not. Boston's infamous Irish Mob. It is seen through the eyes of two men of different generations, and the women around them. The understanding, self accountability, and wisdom of surviving chaos and heartbreak of a way of life foreign to all but those that lived it. You will laugh, you will cry, you will understand. It was wonderfully told. Thank you Bobby Martini. I know Gary is smiling and proud, wherever he is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Delehanty on July 15, 2011
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Of all the books written about Boston's most notorious crime figures, Bobby Martini actually interviews the people who "were in the room". This is a brutally honest expose' that eradicates the fiction and fantasy portrayed in the other books on this subject. The author has personal recollection and relives painful events from his past and the people that are interviewed do the same. This book debreeds the scabs and opens old wounds that were not only created by life on the fringe but by the government as well. The perspective that you read is that of someone that is involved and not someone from the suburbs who is trying to make a fast buck by writing a book on this hot button topic. It rights the wrongs portrayed in the Boston newspapers and other forms of media and gets honest and insightful answers to questions that have never been properly answered.Citizen Somerville: Growing up with the Winter Hill Gang A great read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Danny A on May 6, 2011
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I was raised in the Winter Hill neighborhood all my life and have always admired Somerville for its diversity and character. I feel a sense of wholeness and comfort here in Somerville. The history of this great city is important to me as well ! Im glad I came across this book when I did Billerica HOC,(YES I made a stupid mistake). It's no fun there and good reading is hard to come by. I'd have to hide my Citizen Somerville book under my pillow due to the high demand of readers there but anyway Im not trying to write a book here, just a review. Growing up in Somerville in the late 80's early 90's I'd always hear about the "Winter Hill Gang" but no one really knew what the hell they were talkin about, just that they were a tough gang. So once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. It had its ups and downs in it's real life stories of both men and woman but will have you laugh out loud at times as well. Kudos to the authors for it honesty and easy reading, a damn good job for there first book ! I had to pick up a second copy of Citizen Somerville for the family to read since I don't want any creases or folds in mine or for that matter "cheese puff stains". Plus I had Bobby go out of his way to sign my book as well. Thanks again Bobby & Elayne for a wonderful and truthful read.

-Danny
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