Hitman by Howie Carr

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...the sheer number of unsavory characters threatens to overwhelm the reader.
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Martin Scorsese's The Departed barely touched on his story. Now radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of gangster Johnny Martorano in Hitman.

For two decades Martorano struck fear into anyone even remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty mob murders—for which Johnny would serve 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 Martorano so ruthlessly ruled.

A plethora of paradoxes, Johnny Martorano 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.

The paperback edition of Howie Carr's riveting true-crime story includes a new epilogue detailing Whitey Bulger's dramatic June 2011 capture..

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Howie Carr is a columnist for the Boston Herald. He wrote The Brothers Bulger, which spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and the New York Times bestseller Hitman. Carr hosts a daily four-hour radio talk show syndicated throughout New England. In 1985, Carr won a National Magazine Award, and in 2008 he was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Carr lives in suburban Boston with his wife and their three daughters.
Published April 26, 2011 by Forge Books. 465 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on May 15 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Aug 15 2011

...the sheer number of unsavory characters threatens to overwhelm the reader.

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Jeremy Lynch

Reviewed by Jeremy Lynch on Jun 20 2011

Carr delivered the goods here. HITMAN is well written, factually accurate and presents a story that needed telling.

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