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Whitey's Payback and Other True Stories of Gangsterism, Murder, Corruption and Revenge

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Sixteen stories of true crime from America’s foremost authority on the underworld

James “Whitey” Bulger is the last of the old-fashioned gangsters. As a polished, sophisticated psychopath—who also happened to be a secret FBI informant—his reign of power in Boston lasted for more than twenty years. When he went on the lam in 1995, the kingpin’s legend grew to rival that of A
Paperback, 230 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Road (first published January 1st 2013)
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The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge was one of the best books of 2011. I’ve read almost all of English’s books, and I’d recommend them to anyone who is interested in organized crime in America. He’s not a journalist so much as he’s a social historian, and his books make for compelling, compulsive reading.

This book is a little different. It’s a collection of articles written by English and spans almost two decades (the first story was published in 1991 in Playboy, the last
Susie Sentevski
Ahh, a stellar collection of True Crime. English uses a base of facts and stories about classic, well-known mobsters to usher the reader into the discussion of the lesser known hard-hitters in organized crime.

This is as unbiased as it gets when it comes to journalism. There is neither judgement nor promotion of the organized crime presented in English's pieces. There is - simply - history; what happened, how did it happen, and why did it happen. English is even thorough enough to turn his watch
Mark Hepler
Maybe I shouldn’t try to review a non-fiction book that has the breadth and gravitas of a Russian novel, but I’ll try.
This compendium can’t help but weigh itself down with its depressing subject matter, and it is made sadder by the pathos of the libertine subtexts of the articles that were written for Playboy and Esquire.
Especially disturbing are the tinges of cultural relativism that run through pieces on Jamaican gangs, and the glossing over of the nasty impact that illegal drugs have on a soc
Just okay. Rehash.
Debbie Smyth
I finished the book on a Chi-SF flight. He is one of best true crime writers. He takes a journalistic approach to crime writing without being boring. I highly recommend the section on the war on drugs.

There are nasty people in this world. T.J. English likes to dig in and get his hands dirty, then tell you about it later !
Gabriel Sheehan
Top notch journalism from a writer with an impressive vision of "how things work," as he puts.
James Tracy
Old school in the tradition of Royko, Kempton, and Breslin.
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T. J. English is an author, journalist and screenwriter with an emphasis on organized crime, the criminal underworld, and the criminal justice system. Many of his books have been national bestsellers, including THE SAVAGE CITY, HAVANA NOCTURNE, PADDY WHACKED, and THE WESTIES. In 2013, a collection of his journalism was published under the title WHITEY'S PAYBACK, an anthology that includes articles ...more
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