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Citizen Somerville

Citizen Somerville [Kindle Edition]

Bobby Martini , Elayne Keratsis
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In the early 1960’s a bloody civil war broke out between the two powerful Irish Mob families in the Somerville Massachusetts neighborhood known as Winter Hill. Over sixty men were murdered, including the leader of the Winter Hill Gang, James “Buddy” McLean. The leadership of one of the most influential non-Italian crime organizations in the United States was inherited by his childhood friend, Howard T. “Howie” Winter. In CITIZEN SOMERVILLE the events during his tenure offer a true picture of an era in Boston’s pre-Whitey Bulger history when the streets were protected by a close-knit group of Irish-Italian “businessmen.”

The son of one of Winter’s closest friends, BOBBY MARTINI has laid his own history bare to depict a life of survival in the rough streets of Somerville, stopping just short of entering the Mob life. The death of Martini’s two brothers as well as the murders and suicides of scores of others reveal the darker personal side of a small New England town.

CITIZEN SOMERVILLE slices a layer deeper than a crime memoir by allowing a usually ostracized faction to speak – the women. After decades of silence, three strong and very different females lift the Mob veil and voice their own struggle to survive in Somerville’s criminal circle.

Often painfully poignant and yet frequently hilarious, CITIZEN SOMERVILLE is a microscopic view of a generation struggling to walk the moral tightrope between societal decency and the loyalty of criminality.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1437 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982991509
  • Publisher: Powder House Press (17 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CYET0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #877,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitting Home 30 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an honest, no holds barred true story told by the man who lived it. If you want to know the truth, not the Hollywood version, or the version from the guys looking to make a couple bucks by writing a book, then read this book. Thanks, again to Bobby and EK for putting it all out there and going through what you went through to get it out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 18 Feb 2011
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Bought this book after hearing bestselling crime writer, Sam Millar recommending it on BBC radio. He was right when he said it was a terrific read, and one that will become a classic over the years. Powerful. Highly recommended to all lovers of great crime stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! 18 Nov 2010
By Wally Cole - Published on
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You know when the feeling you get caught up in a newspaper or magazine article that you know is based on fact, but then drift off into another place where it becomes too fantastic to be true? That's the feeling I got reading Citizen Somerville. But guess what? It's all true, and it's a damn good read. Bobby Martini and Elayne Keratisis have transported us into another world, not just another underworld,either, but a world filled with demons and devils, angels and horrors, heros and saints. Real stuff, here. Gritty, but shot full of the raw emotion lurking in any city in any town USA. But this town is special. It's got secrets.
Get this book, set yourself up in a nice chair with a good light and be prepared to stay there transfixed until you hit the last page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 22 Nov 2010
By Dina Keratsis - Published on
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As a resident of Somerville and a history fanatic, it seemed a no-brainer to buy this book. I'm glad I did. I couldn't put it down. The writing moves and the tale, told from first-hand accounts, including that of the elusive Howie Winter, is absolutely priceless. Thanks to the authors for telling a human story, which was sometimes harsh, sometimes funny, always honest, and surprisingly sad. I personally found this book fascinating because the world I occupy as a "citizen Somerville" is very different from the world described here, where the after effects of the Irish Wars still resonate for some of my neighbors. The read served as a reminder of the many layers of human experience where two people may inhabit the same time and space and whether by fate or choice have two very different lives and that, of course, is not confined to Somerville. A highly recommended read for historians, true crime fans, those who enjoy biographies and memoirs and frankly, any one who enjoys a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Honest! 26 Jan 2011
By Bambi - Published on
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I read the prologue online, and I couldn't find a copy fast enough. I worked for Ellen Brogna years ago,and knew Gary Winter. Mr Martini & Ms Keratsis have captured his essence, in those brief few words, and I was exited! I was not disappointed! This was REAL! I have read many books on Whitey Bulger and company, most of them bored me to tears. CITIZEN SOMERVILLE is different. NOT ABOUT WHITEY!!!!
Captivating. Real. HONEST. If you think you have read it all, you are wrong. This book is so different!I couldn't put it down! This is not a "Poor me!" story. This is not a blood and gore "Stephen King type" tell all.It's not a plea of innocence.

CITIZEN SOMERVILLE tells of the humans and humanity behind the headlines. The trials and tribulations of growing up in a world, most of us think we know, but do not. Boston's infamous Irish Mob. It is seen through the eyes of two men of different generations, and the women around them. The understanding, self accountability, and wisdom of surviving chaos and heartbreak of a way of life foreign to all but those that lived it. You will laugh, you will cry, you will understand. It was wonderfully told. Thank you Bobby Martini. I know Gary is smiling and proud, wherever he is.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Citizen Somerville: Growing up with the Winter Hill Gang 4 Dec 2010
By joseph m. macarelli - Published on
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I laughed and I cried, it was so refreshing to find a truthful version of the calamity that visited this burg in the '60s thru present day. The character development was poignant, real people that jump off the pages 'right in your face'. I was reminded so much of how fragile life is. I particularly enjoyed the proof positive of how nonsensical and brutal the male/female ego is....a fact that still permeates our modern day psyche whether it be bar fights, gay bashing, bullying. etc., etc. It flows easily and is a quick read. I even catch myself reading excerpts to those unaware of both these fine authors' work. BRAVO.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History on Somerville 25 Feb 2011
By David O'Shaughnessy - Published on
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I enjoyed the book because my father is from Somerville and it is a nice history lesson of the city where he grew up. I always knew my father and my uncles had a certain pride when it came to growing up there and reading the stories within the book you realize that many people from Somerville feel the same way. It was very interesting to learn more about Howie Winter because I remember hearing his name as a small child and how he was such a prominent figure in the area. If you are from Somerville or are somehow connected to it the book is a great read because it gives you insight on the people from there and how unique they really are.
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