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Legends of Winter Hill: Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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 America ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Broadway Books (first published 2005)
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The loose framework of the book involves author Jay Atkinson spending a year working at a Boston detective agency founded by detective Joe McCain and run by his son. During the course of his work he learns about the criminal element of old Boston (the Winter Hill neighborhood in particular) and about Joe McCain's success as a police officer and detective keeping his streets safe. There are many colorful anecdotes about Officer McCain's experiences dealing with Irish mob kingpins and low-level co ...more
Mia Parviainen
"Legends of Winter Hill" is a complex book that follows multiple threads. Author Jay Atkinson focuses on Joe McCain, a celebrated Boston-area detective. The book follows McCain's career as a law enforcement officer and founder of private investigation firm. During other passages, Atkinson writes about McCain's legacy, including McCain's son who also enters law enforcement. For another layer of story, Atkinson himself decides to try out private investigating, following McCain's son and associates ...more
Apr 02, 2008 Summer rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I wanted to like this more, because gosh! A Goodfellas-style drama going on in my own backyard, for real! This book kind of jumped around, though - it seemed more suited to being several short articles than one huge narrative. Interesting subject matter, though.
A flawed macho mix of hagiography and history, the book is nevertheless an entertaining true crime and cops story about Somerville's bad old days.
Great true crime story from an absolutely engaging writer.
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