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Rat Bastards: The South Boston Irish Mobster Who Took the Rap When Everyone Else Ran Paperback – January 9, 2007
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Shea—who at age 20 was the drug boss for South Boston Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and later served 12 years in federal prison for drug trafficking (yes, he was given the opportunity to rat, but, "like a man," he didn't)—gives gangster honor a bare-knuckled workout in his memoir, a slick read dripping with the underworld holy trinity of sex, drugs and violence. Born in 1965 into a "fucked up family" in South Boston, Shea traded a foundering boxing career for a gig making $4,000 a night selling cocaine and marijuana. Before long, Bulger took him under his wing and, being a tough and honorable guy, Shea ascended the ranks and had a crew working for him before he was busted and did his time. To hear Shea tell the story, he's about the only guy in South Boston who can keep his trap shut—including Bulger, who turned rat and is now in hiding—once the cuffs are on. And though his unrelenting swagger can wear thin and the writing has lackluster moments, Shea's story is a bawdy page-turner in the Iceman tradition that true crime fans will enjoy. 16 pages of b&w photos.(Mar.)
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“...a slick read dripping with the underworld holy trinity of sex, drugs, and violence...a bawdy page-turner.” (Publishers Weekly)
“...the hottest Irish-American mob story of all time.” (Liz Smith, New York Post)
“...dish-a-thon on Whitey Bulger.” (Boston Herald)
“...the only memoir told from the perspective of a mobster who refused to betray the code of silence.” (The Improper Bostonian)
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He tells some interesting stories, but I can't help think there are some more interesting stories he wasn't able to tell because he'd end up back in jail.