- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (December 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076530841X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765308412
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Evil Empire: The Irish Mob and the Assassination of Journalist Veronica Guerin Hardcover – December 11, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Using the high-profile murder of Dublin crime journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996 as the impetus for this book, Williams digs deep into the past of her killers, Ireland's most notorious organized crime gang. Starting in the late 1960s, Williams's exhaustive history of each gangster reads like an Irish Goodfellas as these neighborhood street toughs, led by would-be godfather John Gilligan, move from petty crimes and factory heists to counterfeit scams, international drug running and cold-blooded murder. While exposing the gang's ruthless dealings, Williams (The General) also touches on the limited powers of the Irish police force and courts to keep these criminals, many of whom were arrested repeatedly at a young age, behind bars. And while Irish mobsters don't generally get the same type of attention as their paramilitary countrymen, the sheer size of the international police operation needed to arrest Gilligan and his cronies speaks to the power of their "multi-million pound" crime syndicate and why they reacted so violently to Guerin's attempts to expose their dealings. The personal tone of this book reflects Williams's working relationship with Guerin and his direct contact, through interviews and inside sources, with Gilligan. Thanks to detailed research and unmatched familiarity with Ireland's underworld, Williams, also a seasoned Irish crime reporter, never loses his grip on the story. For anyone interested in the movie Veronica Guerin or who thought organized crime only involved Italians, this book provides a chilling glimpse into the backstory of an Irish gang that thought itself above the law and set out to prove it.
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A happy coincidence for this in-depth look at an Irish crime syndicate is the release of the film Veronica Guerin, which will leave many viewers hungering for more detailed information about the slaying of the Dublin journalist in 1996. Williams writes from an insider's perspective. A longtime crime reporter for a rival paper (Sunday World) to Guerin's (Sunday Independent), and author of Gangland (1998), Williams completes the castigation of the crime syndicate that Guerin began. A combination of thriller fiction and investigative journalism, his book traces the evolution of "narco-terrorism" (drug syndicates using terror tactics to expand their empires) from its beginnings in Dublin in the 1960s, through its growth under crime boss Gilligan, who was investigated by Guerin, and on to the public outrage following Guerin's assassination--which led, in turn, to the trial and imprisonment of the syndicate leaders. A complex yet satisfyingly straightforward work of investigative journalism. Connie Fletcher
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Hard to believe that such evil men exist.