From the New York Times bestselling author of The Brothers Bulger comes the story of Johnny Martorano, whom the FBI called the most feared man in the underworld Martin Scorsese s The Departed barely touched his story, but radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of Johnny Martorano For two decades, Martorano struck fear into anyone remotely connected to his world His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty murders, for which Johnny would serve only twelve years in prison Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who aided Johnny and Whitey and at the flamboyant city of Boston which they so ruthlessly ruled But most of all, Carr depicts Johnny the most fascinating crime figure Carr has ever encountered A plethora of paradoxes, he was Mr Mom by day and man about town by night Surrounded by fast living politicians, sports celebrities, and show biz entertainers, Johnny was charismatically colorful as charming as he was frightening After all, he was, in the end, a hitman....
|Title||:||Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano, Whitey Bulger's Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Blackstone Audio, Inc MP3CD Unabridged edition April 26, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||596 Pages|
|File Size||:||579 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano, Whitey Bulger's Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld Reviews
Went in thinking i was not going to like this book because Howie Carr was the author, boy was i wrong. I knew people who were close to Johnny and so much of this book is so raw and real. Johnny was loyal to those around him and just did things on automatic pilot. I never saw or met Johnny he was sort of a real life boogie man that people only whispered about, his brother Jimmy i met and he was a perfect gentleman quiet and classy. i remember one time being in an after hours private club during a card game with some of Boston's most feared mobsters and an argument started and it was quickly pointed out by some of the players in the game that Johnny and his crew did more work then all the other crews put together. If you want to know why Whitey Bulger was so feared read this book and it will show that Johnny was the real reason.
When the Whitey Bulger trial was going on I wanted to read more about the Boston mob scene to gain more understanding of it. Seeing that Johnny Martorano was one of the most notorious hitmen in that scene and a key figure it seemed like one of several good books to read. First off, it is very a very interesting read. The author really did a lot of homework and is to be commended on that. I learned a lot from reading it and Johnny Martorano is a fascinating character to read about as you read how casually he looks at crime, murder, and the whole twisted world of the mob in Boston. The book is filled with photos, which was great and very helpful for putting faces with names and making the whole story easier to grasp by connecting names and faces.
Like some of the 2 and 3 star reviews you will find, I found the book tedius and dull for long stretches. I almost stopped reading it. Its not poorly written, but sometimes it reads like a really long report. But its well written enough to flow and it got more interesting in the second half. I think a shorter narrative with less facts and more "story" would have been a better approach. This book seems to want to document all the murders these crews did, and it got boring. Overall, 3.5 stars, and a cautious recommendation. If you read samples of the book and like it, or if you can't get enough of the stories and legends of the Boston criminal underworld, then you may find this book a worthy read.
What is even more amazing is that the hitman himself never got hit. You live by the sword, you die by the sword––usually. The way it works. Not with this lucky trigger finger. How do you get away with what he did...and not suffer consequences? Some might say: Well, he paid. Didn't he do time, etc.? I guess. Look at the misery and pain guys like this leave in their wake when they off loved ones. Were all of his victims/targets loved? Did they have family? People who cared? I can't answer that. When hitmen off their fellow hitmen, do the rest of us give a damn?
This is an excellent book if you like this type of subject matter. Living in the Boston area I remember when a lot of these things happened. It was shocking then and even more shocking now. It's a shame that Whitey won't get the punishment that he deserves. Even though he's in jail, he'll probably be dead before he even goes to trial. His girlfriend is trying to get out of jail on house arrest. She doesn't deserve any breaks. She knew what she was getting into when she took off with him. As for Zip, hopefully he'll rot in jail. At least he's getting what he deserves. It's unbelievable how cold and calculating Martorano is. To kill all those people and justify it by saying they deserved it is crazy. Howie Carr did a great job on this book. No surprise though, if you've ever read his articles in the Herald you'd expect nothing less. He's lucky he's still alive after what he's written about these guys over the years.
This book is awesome. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading. Especially if you're into true crime / mafia. This man lived a very interesting and colorful life. As a mafia hitman I was really surprised to learn what a nice and smart guy this man was and is. I know that seems crazy, but I really believe it to be the case after reading this. I would recommend reading this and then reading the new book Whitey Bulger as they intertwine.
...a very warts and all look at a Gangster's Gangster. Told in many instances by John Martorano himself, this is not a woe is me tale of an imprisoned killer trying to deflect blame for the things that he's done over a life of crime. He takes responsibility for his actions and in most cases where appropriate expresses remorse. A great story if you want to understand what the 'Whitey Bulger' years did to the city of Boston. You will never again have the same opinion of the FBI - they were truly the Bad Guys during those tumultuous times. John Martorano is not a 'rat' in the classic sense...he signed on for more jail time than he was going to get in the first place, so the story could be told accurately, as it happened and so Whitey & Stevie's lives as Mega Rats could be exposed for everyone to see. Very interesting read.
A very good book, well written and researched, tough to keep track of all the characters and most of them aren't around for very long.