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From one of the writers behind NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Street comes an incredible true story of what it means to survive in the world of organized crime, where murder is commonplace.

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It's men like Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone who gave Hell's Kitchen its name. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Jimmy, a charismatic sociopath, is the leader. Mickey, whose memories of Vietnam torture him daily, is his enforcer. Together they make brutality their trademark, butchering bodies or hurling them out the window. Under their reign, Hell's Kitchen becomes a place where death literally rains from the sky. But when Mickey goes down for a murder he didn't commit, he suspects his friend has sold him out. He returns the favor, breaking the underworld's code of silence and testifying against his gang in open court.

From one of the writers behind NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Street comes an incredible true story of what it means to survive in the world of organized crime, where murder is commonplace.

“Must reading . . . will shock even the most hardened readers.” ---Playboy

“Sterling social history . . . the author's skillful reporting makes the most of his subject.” ---The New Yorker

“A disquieting look at a worthwhile subject: the frailties of justice in the big city.” ---New York Times

“A fascinating, frightening account of how bad kids turned worse, and how the worst one, finally turned good.” ---Booklist

“A fascinating look into an Irish American criminal enterprise that may not have rivaled the Mafia in sophistication, but certainly surpassed it in terror.” ---Wall Street Journal

The Westies

Inside New York's Irish Mob

Author T. J. English

Narrated by James Anderson Foster

Publication date Jun 20, 2017

Running time 14 hrs

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