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Montreal's Irish Mafia: The True Story of the Infamous West End Gang Paperback – 1 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470158905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470158906
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,460,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“There is No Irish Mafia” – Billy MacAllister Since the city was founded, the gritty southwest end of Montreal has been a ghetto for immigrant laborers in the last century, the majority of them Irish. Choked by poverty, alcoholism and violence, and with little hope of improving their lot through legal means, some in the community turned to the underworld in search of easier work and better pay, and the risks be damned. Considered by some to be a close–knit and hierarchical cooperative, characterized by others as loose associates who have trouble turning down an opportunity for a quick score, Montreal’s Irish mafia—otherwise known as the West End Gang—has managed to pull off some of the most daring and logistically complicated robberies and smuggling operations in Canadian history. From the early days as hired muscle for the Italian and Jewish mafias, tunneling into bank vaults in the ‘50s and ‘60s, to the legendary truck heists and bank stick–ups in the ‘70s, they’re infamous today for their role in narcotics smuggling through the Port of Montreal. Supplying the mafia and biker gangs wholesale—a single bust by the RCMP netted 22.5 tons of hashish destined for Montreal—West Enf Gang associates have been and remain an important part of the Canadian criminal community, establishing and maintaining connections to drug cartels worldwide.  Criminals of every stripe and character inhabit these pages, from the violent stick–up men and drug dealers such as the MacAllister Brothers to the highly complex important schemes of the “King of the Port” Gerry Matticks, as well as the saga of the charismatic “King of Coke” Dunie Ryan and his assissin Paul April, and successor, Alan “the Weasel” Ross. Through research and interviews with police investigators, convicted gang associates and others, journalist and author D’Arcy O’Connor narrates the genesis and rise to power of one of Montreal’s most powerful, colorful and violent gangs: Montreal’s Irish Mafia .

About the Author

D’Arcy O’Connor is a veteran journalist, script writer, documentary producer, book author and round–the–world sailor. He has contributed to the Wall Street Journal , the Montreal Gazette, People magazine, National Geographic , and as far aboard as Sydney, Australia’s Daily Telegraph , and the Australian . Among his books credits are The Money Pit (Putnam), The Big Dig (Ballantine), and The Secret Treasure of Oak Island (Lyons Press). Among his associate producer credits are a segment on Oak Island for ABC, the CBC/NFB’s “Valour and the Horror,” winner of three Gemini awards, and CBC/NFB’s “The Ware at Sea,” a docudrama on Canada’s role in the North Atlantic in WWII. He teaches English and journalism at Montreal’s Dawson College.

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Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale (Tommy Gallagher)

Over all I enjoyed the book, so often when you read something about gangsters the setting is New York, Chicago, Boston, so Montreal becomes a bit of an exotic backdrop. The main concern I had with the book is that it should have been titled the French Canadian Mafia because the Irish gangsters were few and far between, but definitely worth the read.

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great read
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Lots of Information for those interested in Montreal crime 2 Aug. 2012
By M. whitton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book has a lot of good information about the Montreal crime scene from 1950 to 2008 or so. It goes beyond the West End gang and covers the Mafia (Violi, Cotroni..), the motorcycle gangs, the Colombians, and a bit about the French gangs but not much. While not well written, it does provide a lot of insight that was never published in the newspapers. As a former Montrealer who lived there during much of this period, I found it an interesting read.
I enjoyed the book 30 July 2012
By Justin Callahan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Over all I enjoyed the book, so often when you read something about gangsters the setting is New York, Chicago, Boston, so Montreal becomes a bit of an exotic backdrop. The main concern I had with the book is that it should have been titled the French Canadian Mafia because the Irish gangsters were few and far between, but definitely worth the read.

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J.R. Locke Author of Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale
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Newspaper accounts 12 Mar. 2014
By Charlie Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
No real insight. I googled many of the names and found the same material.
A lot of cop contribution and background which really slows the pace.
Waste of money.
Excellent history of Montreal crime 15 Jan. 2014
By Francis Christopher Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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A very easy-to-read,enjoyable, and informative history of Montreal crime and it's breeding grounds. I read it on my Kindle as the hardcover cost was prohibitive.
The drawings 29 Jun. 2013
By Crystal Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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I felt that because the pictures on the cover were so good that when I started to read it the drawings were so cheesy that it took away from the story, which was great, I haven't read the whole book yet because the drawings irritate me like the author didn't want to take the time to get the photos sad cause I think the info is Good. Crystal
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