The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob

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Macmillan, Oct 31, 2006 - True Crime - 400 pages
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Even among the Mob, the Westies were feared. Starting with a partnership between two sadistic thugs, Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone, the gang rose out of the inferno of Hell's Kitchen, a decaying tenderloin slice of New York City's West Side. They became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime, excelling in extortion, numbers running, loan sharking, and drug peddling. Upping the ante on depravity, their specialty was execution by dismemberment. Though never numbering more than a dozen members, their reign lasted for almost twenty years--until their own violent natures got the best of them, precipitating a downfall that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of crime.
  

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Irish-led criminal gangs have a long history on Manhattan's West Side (formerly known as Hell's Kitchen), the latest being "the Westies,'' seven of whom were recently convicted of racketeering and ... Read full review

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Ugh this is that kind of old-fashioned (1990) crime writing where the author thinks it's real exciting to just carefully and ploddingly paragraph after paragraph dramatize full imagined days in the ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue Parti
1
The Ghosts of Hells Kitchen
17
Last of a Dying Breed
36
Jimmy Sows His Oats
51
Mickey
72
Poetic Justice
94
Part II
107
No Corpus Delicti No Investigation
109
Having a Drink on Whitey
191
The Feds and Little AlCapone
210
The Westies Once and for All
233
Part III
265
Bad Blood
267
Betrayal
297
In the Interest of Justice
326
Mickeys New Friends
349

Doin Business
128
West Side Story
146
Linguini and Clam Sauce
167
What Goes Around Comes Around
368
Epilogue
388
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About the author (2006)

T.J. ENGLISH is a noted journalist, screenwriter and author of four books, including Paddy Whacked, Born to Kill (which was nominated for an Edgar Award), and the upcoming The Havana Mob. His first book, The Westies (a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book), launched his career as an expert on the multi-ethnic nature of organized crime in America. A former writer for Irish America Magazine, English has also been published in Esquire, Playboy and New York magazine. He lives in New York City.

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