Whitey Bulger is gone from Boston, but Bench McCarthy is here to take his place.
Bench McCarthy is a thug's thug, a hitman, an underworld jack-of-all-trades running his own mob out of Winter Hill in Somerville while simultaneously handling "wet work" for Sally Curto, a half-demented, totally obscene mob boss.
After years of gangland peace, Bench and Sally suddenly find themselves clay pigeons for unknown hit crews coming at them from every direction. The motives are as murky as the hitmen themselves, but all roads seem to lead back to the State House, where corrupt pols are battling over a bill to legalize billions of dollars' worth of new casinos.
In order to stay alive as he puts an end to the uprising, the wisecracking Bench must set aside his objections and enlist the help of Jack Reilly, a dodgy ex-cop turned private investigator. The hunter has become the hunted.
Killers is a thrilling ride through the dark underbelly of Boston crime and politics that could only have been written by the man novelist James Ellroy calls "the Bacon-Banging Boston Bossman"-Howie Carr, the newspaper columnist on whom Whitey Bulger first put out a contract and then called as a defense witness during his 2013 murder trial in Boston.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Howie Carr has written many good books about organized crime in New England. Because truth is often stranger than fiction, lots of what Howie wrote was almost unbelievable. With "Killers" Carr has written a novel that sounds like much like a lot of his non-fiction works and it's a real page turner.
Bench McCarthy is a Goodfella and so is Sally Curto. Put them together with Jack Reilly a former Boston cop and bag man for the mayor and what do you get? One helluva read called Killers, by Howie Carr. From the very first page I knew that Killers was my kind of book. O.C., Organized Crime, crooked cops, and of course bent politicians, what could be better? Carr writes with the confidence of a guy who has seen it and knows what goes down in Boston and the rest of Massachusetts. His dialogue is pitch perfect and the characters scream authenticity. The story is involving and the plot is well delineated. The only problem with Killers is that I cannot spend more time with my guys – but you can starting this today.
This is a heady exciting truth-telling book that will keep you up till it's done, and have you thinking about it long afterward. A view of the real Boston, the real thugs, and the connections between them and the politicians who run Massachusetts and unfortunately most of our country. Highly recommended for anyone interested in a slice of truth, and an exciting story to boot.
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