A Criminal and an Irishman: The Inside Story of the Boston Mob-IRA Connection
A Criminal and an Irishman is the story of Pat Nee’s life as an Irish immigrant and Southie son, a Marine, a convicted IRA gun smuggler, and a former violent rival and then associate of Whitey Bulger. His narrative transports the reader into the criminal underworld, inside planning and preparation for an armored car heist, inside gang wars and revenge killings. Nee details his evolution from tough street kid to armed robber to dangerous potential killer, and discloses for the first time how he used his underworld connections and know-how as a secret, Boston-based operative for the Irish Republican Army. For years Pat smuggled weapons and money from the United States to Ireland – in the bottoms of coffins, behind false panels of vans – leading up to a transatlantic shipment of seven and a half tons of munitions aboard the fishing trawler Valhalla. No other Southie underworld figure can match Pat’s reputation for resolve and authenticity.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Melkor81205 - LibraryThing
I have read most of the books on "Whitey" Bulger and his associates(Brutal,Rat Bastards, Black Mass, Street Enforcer) and had heard Patrick Nee mentioned here and there. I finally got a hold of this ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ShouldIReadIt - LibraryThing
Patrick does a good job of explaining his life of crime, as well as his work with the IRA. Lots of name dropping and places in South Boston. Read full review