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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2001
I absolutely loved this book. Picked it up once and never put it down. It takes you thru the local Boston Mob scene from 1960's with Patriarca and Anguilo right up to the unsolved whereabouts of Whitey Bulger in 2000. Good story, but it ended too fast. Wanted to hear more of these true unsolved crimes. I remembered some of the crimes from the front pages of the Herald American. It's both amusing and amazing that this 'Phil Cresta' and his two sidekicks actually pulled them off! Colorful characters and vivid details of life in the South Boston, the North End, Fenway, etc. You don't have to be from Boston to appreciate the story, the mob, the real life characters and the history (even the Sox), but it helps. Great Book. Can't wait for the movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2000
What a great book.
Cresta was like a living James Cagney character. It's truly amazing what Mr. Cresta and his two partners, Angelo, and Tony got away with. I especially like that they pulled 98% (give or take) of their jobs without physically harming anyone. Phil could have been a lot worse a person, given his upbringing. I recommend this read to anyone, young, and old, especially if you're from the Boston area. It's too bad James Cagney,Humphrey Bogart, or Edward G. Robinson arent around to step in Phil and his partners shoes for what would surely be a blockbuster of a movie. Hats off to Phil and his partners.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2000
Thought this book was very interesting to read. As you got further into the book. the better it was. Knowing the writer personaly I was not expecting it to be that good. But it exceeded my expectations.I would suggest this book to others. I have not read a book for at least 8 years. Finshed this one in 2 days. So that sould say some thing about this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2001
I really enjoyed this book and was facinated by Phil Cresta and how quietly he moved through life, but pulled off the most daring heists.Brian Wallace is a very exciting writer and he brings Phil and his gang vividly to life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2008
Hello my name is Buddy Locatelli. I live in Fla. And i have the pleasure of riding in a taxi to south beach and the driver was a retired Boston police officer by the name of Billy Crowley. We had a conversation and on the way i asked him why he moved to Fla. He told me that he co-authored a book with a writer by the name of Brian Wallace of S.Boston about a Boston gangster named phil cresta, and after the book came out for publication they signed a movie deal with 20th century fox. After 2 yrs and 2 screenwriters hired they finally got a screenplay, but at the last minute on the last option the movie was not picked up. He had an extra copy of the book in his taxi and i read the book and was amazed about the crime scene in the Boston area. The book jumped out at me and i could not put it down. I read the book in one night I can see why 20th century fox signed it up it should be a movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2001
A Decent book, very interesting read. The style in which the story is told is very engrossing as it is told from the first person. The one drawback to the book is that it is based on one persons recollections and biases. With the exception of the Plymouth mail truck robbery most of these crimes were standard criminal enterprises, hardly crime of the century material. Of the crime he boasts the most of, a Brinks hold up, Cresta ended up going to prison. This is the story of a man who thought he was smarter then he was and in the end, was too smart for his own good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2001
Wallace produces an excellent book. A fast read that is highly entertaining and interesting.
You do not have to be from Boston to enjoy the book. Both Brian Wallace and Mr. Crowley deserve great credit for a fascinating book on crime in Boston.
Who will play Phil Cresta in the movie?..yes, the book is that GOOD!....My vote is with George Clooney!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2004
A lot of fun to read. You can't help but laugh at a lot of these true-crime stories. You just can't make this stuff up. This book would make a great movie.
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Brian Wallace and Dennis Lehane have written a great book about one of Boston's most successful thieves. FINAL CONFESSION is the story about Phil Cresta who a full time Boston thief who always tried to stay below the radar but pulled some of Boston's most notorious robberies. He planned the Parker House diamond heist, several armored car robberies to include the 2nd Brinks Car robbery among just a few. Cresta is a detailed oriented guy who never rushed into things. He meticulously planned all of his robberies with his hand picked team of all star crooks. He stole whatever he could; diamonds, armored cars, and lots of money. FINAL CONFESSION is a great read; it is fast paced from the start and never slows down. It is really well written and Wallace clearly lays out the twisting stories of all the wiseguys and their different capers in this high paced action filled book. I think this would make a great movie! I highly recommend this book.
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on July 15, 2015
Of course money was a major impetus for Crestas life of crime but it also went alot deeper than that.This guy was a dedicated,disciplined artist.Never some mindless thug,he patiently and painstakingly practiced his craft.He always gave his cohorts their rightful share and never ratted out his pals and this guy had the goods on everyone from cops, judges,major wise guys and street mechanics.In other words a standup guy.This book is absolutely riveting.The only thing missing is all the little details about lock picking and how he invented a device that was able to get cars he was following to stall at will.Would have been too much of a how to manual I guess.Run don't walk to your nearest bookstore or kindle.One of the best true crime books ever.
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