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Montreal's Irish Mafia: The True Story of the Infamous West End Gang

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Their names resonate with organized crime in Montreal: the Matticks, MacAllisters, Johnstons and Griffins, and Peter Dunie Ryan. They are the Irish equivalent of the infamous Rizzuto and Cotroni families, and the "Mom" Bouchers and Walter Stadnicks of the Hells Angels. Award-winning producer, journalist and author D'Arcy O'Connor narrates the genesis and rise to power of o ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published April 18th 2011 by John Wiley & Sons (first published March 16th 2011)
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JCWB
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
No real narrative, more of a list of people, places, dates and events, in no particular order. Interesting to read about a specific event or crime, but beyond that really difficult to read.
Rebecca Mckenzie
Very interesting book - I found it focused on other mafia groups (Italians, Hells Angels, etc.) as much as or more than the Irish at times and was difficult to follow in that respect. O'Connor did a great job of tying it all together in the end though and it was nice he was able to add his personal input in the footnotes making it more authentic.
Judy
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Details on the making of a city within a city. Many Montreal institutions have been shaped by the mob such as the gay and lesbian club life, restaurants, discos, the gay village, construction, cheese factories, ect ect...
Richard
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting read, given I grew up in one of the areas often mentioned. I was very surprised at the level of violence between the gangs that I was not aware of. I also knew some of the place and people names noted. I would recommend the book to anyone who was there in the 70s. 3.7
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