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By the brutal code of honor and loyalty in the streets, the candid dishing of such dirt marks MacKenzie as a world-class rat, second only to Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, the man who put John Gotti away. But Eddie Mac has some justification in spilling the beans; in exchange for his tips, the Feds turned a blind eye toward his crimes. (It's also worth nothing that Bulger himself was an informant for the FBI.) The author certainly doesnt portray himself as any sort of hero or "gangster with a heart of gold." Witness his charming account of one of many attempts to "enlighten" a wayward associate: "Probation notwithstanding, I had to open Steves eyes a little. I headed over to Dunkin Donuts and bought a cup of coffee for $1.24. Medium, black, scalding hot. . . .Steve was still in his car, sleeping like a baby. The window was down and he had his head against the door, hands under his cheeks. I poured the hot coffee down the side of his face, making sure to get some on his eyeballs. . . I swear if Id had enough money to buy the gasoline that day thats what I would have done. . . but Id only had $1.30, so the coffee had to do."
Although MacKenzie has not one but two ghost writers (Karas is a contributor to People magazine and the author of The Onassis Women, while Muscato is a self-described "strategic communications consultant"), the prose never rises above the level of the sleaziest pulp fiction. But that of course is exactly its appeal, and fans of the true-crime genre will find Street Soldier a supreme pleasure, guilty or not. --Jim DeRogatis
I did read this book years ago and it was okay. However, on a whim I googled his name and he just got busted for embezzling milllions of dollars from his church. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kim
Good read but pretty graphic/pornographic.
The treatment of women and minorities pretty disturbing. Although he owned up and admitted he was a scumbag.
Interesting. Connects names with other books. You cannot justify actions but some of the experiences of this man were terrible!Published 12 months ago by Colin
If you are interested in the minds of criminals and what their all about then you should definitely check out the book Street Soldier. Written by Edward J. Mackenzie Jr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sergio Suarez
Street soldier is a very, very intense story more intense then you're averaged call of duty game. Read more
Street Soldier was a fun book to read. Having lived and worked on the South Shore of Massachusetts as a Police Detective, I found this book to be well written. Read morePublished 16 months ago by TWM102
Another revealing story of the brutal life that exists in some circles of American life. It is also another story of how the justice system fails to do its job. Read morePublished 17 months ago by William C. Dwyer