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Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob Paperback – March 13, 2007
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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.
Phyllis Karas is the coauthor of two previous books. She is a contributor to People magazine and an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Journalism. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with her husband.
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Top customer reviews
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.
This is not an easy book to read but with all the news about the capture of Whitey Bulger, I wanted to read it. And I learned more about this horrific criminal in this book than in any other "Whitey" book out there. And I have read them all. I just finished WHERE'S WHITEY by the same author. That one is fiction but seems so real it is hard to believe everything in that book didn't happen. Makes you wonder. I couldn't put either of these books down once I started reading them. Two great fascinating books that anyone interested in crime in general and Whitey Bulger in particular should read.