Legends of Winter Hill: Cops, Con Men, And Joe McCain, The Last Real Detective

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Crown/Archetype, 2006 - Law - 363 pages
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For one year, writer Jay Atkinson worked as a private eye for the storied firm McCain Investigations, founded by the late Joe McCain, one of the most decorated police officers in Boston history. In this colorful narrative, Atkinson describes the cases he worked that year, chasing down an assortment of felons, thieves, and con artists, as well as the ghost of a real American hero, legendary cop Joe McCain.

Big Joe was the genuine article, a detective so committed to his work that a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty took thirteen years to kill him.

In Legends of Winter Hill Atkinson traces Big Joe’s career from the day he put on his Boston Metropolitan Police uniform in the 1950s through the heyday of his run-ins with mafiosi, bad cops, and ruthless killers, up to his death in 2001. Atkinson also follows the career of Joe McCain’s son, Joe Jr., a tattooed motorcycle fanatic who took up the mantle of his father and became a cop himself.

Legends of Winter Hill takes you into an alluring and gritty world where heroes go unsung every day and moral boundaries aren’t always black and white.
 

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Written in a heroic laudatory style that resembles the way sports writers kiss up to the likes of Derek Jeter, Legends of Winter Hill is a biography of a tough MDC cop and private detective Joe McCain ... Read full review

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I don't normally read crime fiction/non-fiction so it's impossible for me to assess the relative merits of this book compared to that genre. However, if you're from Somerville (circa 1950-2000) you ... Read full review

Contents

INTRoduction Somebodys Been Shot l
1
PRoLogue School of Hard Knocks
14
Two The Wild Wild East
33
Four Redbones
52
six The Seventh Basic Investigative Technique
68
EIGHT The Halls of Montezuma
83
NINE Slow Walking
96
ELEVEN The Chief Gets His Hair Cut
113
NINETEEN Appointment with Dr Sommerov
193
Twent Yon E All You Need to Know
217
TwentyTwo Hats on the Bed
231
TWENTYFour The ThreeHundredDollar Clowns
252
TwentyFive Onefifty Geno
268
Twentysix The Pride of the Mets
283
TwentyEight The Third Man
302
THIRTY The Erin Society
318

FourTEEN The Gentleman from Milton
138
sixTEEN Cyrano de McCainiac
158
EIGHTEEN The Return of Billy Dennett
179
THIRTYone The Punisher
332
EPILo Gue The Man Who Wasnt There
349
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Award-winning writer Jay Atkinson is the author of the best-selling Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes and the acclaimed novel Caveman Politics. He has written for many publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, and Men’s Health. He lives in Massachusetts.

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