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Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob Hardcover – March 10, 2006
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“Weeks lands a knockout punch with this compelling look at one of the most intriguing figures in the American underworld.” (– George Anastasia, bestselling author of The Last Gangster)
“Rarely have the nuts-and-bolts of ‘the gangster life’ been laid bare in such shocking, unvarnished detail.” (– T. J. English, New York Times bestselling author of Paddy Whacked and The Westies)
“Mesmerizing and fascinating ... no organized crime fiction I have read has anything on this book. I couldn’t put it down.” (– Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Society)
“…most interesting and accurate. When Weeks talks about Bulger, he’s got the goods and he makes clear the others don’t.” (– Boston Sunday Globe)
“Weeks has made his literary bones. He has credibility…” (– Boston Phoenix)
“Absorbing.” (—Deseret Morning News)
“Bulger has spawned a handful of books about his mayhem. So far, Weeks’ is the best. ” (– Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“A dazzling story...Brutal is the most revealing and chilling true crime story that I have ever read.” (– Julian Krainin, Producer of “Quiz Show” and “Something the Lord Made”)
About the Author
Kevin Weeks is out of prison and living a clean life in Massachusetts.
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Brutal? Yes, it is. What else could you expect with a title like that? All I know is that I couldn't put it down once I started reading.
RE: the "reviewer" who referred to it as "brutally disgusting." Hey, pal, what did you expect? Bambi? Homer Smith, as played by Poitier, from Lillies of the Field? (One of my favorite portrayals of a decent human being by a fine actor in a nice little picture, by the way.) Not that there's anything the matter with toons like Bambi or people like Homer, just depends what you happen to be into at the moment, etc.
This is a story about criminals and crime, guys who took shortcuts to get their hands on as much money as they could, no matter what––sort of like bankers, credit card corporations & nations, only they know & get loopholes and do it "legally."
I would absolutely read it again, but I think it's fair that a reader knows going in that this guy is a blow-hard, unrepentant killer who wants to tell you all about how scared people were of him, how smart he is, how everyone who crossed him were the real bad guys, how the government is more corrupt than South Boston gangsters, and how he was the real good guy because he didn't kill kids or allow his drug dealers to sell heroin, etc. Go in knowing that and enjoy a really interesting look into mafia life.
So in reading this book, I took everything with a grain of salt. I'd venture to guess that most of this book's contents are accurate, but it certainly is self-serving in Weeks' favor.
Still, it's a fine read, and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the life and times of Whitey Bulger.
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Great book Kevin Weeks you survived!!!!