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Killers
by Howie Carr


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Whitey Bulger is gone from Boston, but Bench McCarthy is here to take his place.

Bench McCarthy is a thug's thug, a hitman, an underworld jack-of-all-trades running his own mob out of Winter Hill in Somerville while simultaneously handling "wet work" for Sally Curto, a half-demented, totally obscene mob boss.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Whitey Bulger is gone from Boston, but Bench McCarthy is here to take his place.

Bench McCarthy is a thug's thug, a hitman, an underworld jack-of-all-trades running his own mob out of Winter Hill in Somerville while simultaneously handling "wet work" for Sally Curto, a half-demented, totally obscene mob boss.

After years of gangland peace, Bench and Sally suddenly find themselves clay pigeons for unknown hit crews coming at them from every direction. The motives are as murky as the hitmen themselves, but all roads seem to lead back to the State House, where corrupt pols are battling over a bill to legalize billions of dollars' worth of new casinos.

In order to stay alive as he puts an end to the uprising, the wisecracking Bench must set aside his objections and enlist the help of Jack Reilly, a dodgy ex-cop turned private investigator. The hunter has become the hunted.

Killers is a thrilling ride through the dark underbelly of Boston crime and politics that could only have been written by the man novelist James Ellroy calls "the Bacon-Banging Boston Bossman"-Howie Carr, the newspaper columnist on whom Whitey Bulger first put out a contract and then called as a defense witness during his 2013 murder trial in Boston.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765333742
  • ISBN-10: 0765333740
  • Publisher: Forge
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Books > Fiction > Crime

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

In bestseller Carr's hard-hitting sequel to 2012's Hard Knocks, Clay Westridge, a casino company executive, and his cohorts have spent $2 million lobbying the Massachusetts legislature to pass a bill that would legalize gambling establishments in the state. Westridge fears that a surge in gangland violencea nephew of mob boss Salvatore "Sally" Curto's wife is gunned down, and later a car bomb takes out Curto's top hit man, Hole in the Headwill imperil the bill's passage. The killings lead Curto to assign his number two man, Bench McCarthy, to find out who's behind them. Meanwhile, Westridge offers broke, seedy Boston PI Jack Reilly a hefty sum to reach out to McCarthy and assist the thug in his investigation. Such authors as Jeremiah Healy and Steve Ulfelder have handled the Boston crime scene better in their novels, but fans of Carr's two nonfiction books, The Brothers Bulger and Hitman, will find plenty to like. Agent: Joel Gotler, Joel Gotler and Associates. (Sept.)

 
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