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Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob by [Weeks, Kevin, Karas, Phyllis]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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“Weeks lands a knockout punch with this compelling look at one of the most intriguing figures in the American underworld.” (– George Anastasia, bestselling author of The Last Gangster)

“Rarely have the nuts-and-bolts of ‘the gangster life’ been laid bare in such shocking, unvarnished detail.” (– T. J. English, New York Times bestselling author of Paddy Whacked and The Westies)

“Mesmerizing and fascinating ... no organized crime fiction I have read has anything on this book. I couldn’t put it down.” (– Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Society)

“…most interesting and accurate. When Weeks talks about Bulger, he’s got the goods and he makes clear the others don’t.” (– Boston Sunday Globe)

“Weeks has made his literary bones. He has credibility…” (– Boston Phoenix)

“Absorbing.” (—Deseret Morning News)

“Bulger has spawned a handful of books about his mayhem. So far, Weeks’ is the best. ” (– Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“A dazzling story...Brutal is the most revealing and chilling true crime story that I have ever read.” (– Julian Krainin, Producer of “Quiz Show” and “Something the Lord Made”)

About the Author

Kevin Weeks is out of prison and living a clean life in Massachusetts.



Phyllis Karas is the coauthor of two previous books. She is a contributor to People magazine and an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Journalism. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with her husband.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEISO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Whitey Bulger was a very interesting criminal. Certainly very intelligent, he was one of the few careers crims to make a fortune and get out even when under detailed law enforcement investigation. AS most would know, he inspired "The Departed".

Short of Bulger's own autobiography, Week's book is likely to be the closest we get to the true story Bulger's operations, how he made his money and how he stayed ahead of the law.

This gives a non-glamorous, no-holds barred view of the reality of organised crim in Boston. lots of interesting detail on his relationship with the feds, the IRA and various other organised criminal outfits.

So far, so good.

However Weeks certainly views his old colleague through rose-tinted glasses, but doesnt have the consistency to paint a convincing picture. For example he states in numerous places that "Whitey didnt like to use violence - he only killed people when absolutely neccessary", yet a few pages on he would say "I dont know why Whitey killed X, maybe he just didnt like the guy"..

Having said that, if you are interested in the social/criminal history of Boston or Irish America, or American organised crime in general, its a must-read. Just dont expect it to be impartial.
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Quite similar to other books in this genre, but not as dramatized. There is certainly a ring of truth to it. 4 stars, not because it is very well written or entertaining, but because it seems to be an honest (well, as honest as you could expect to get) account of the Bulger gang and Weeks' life.

This is most likely the closest you will get to the inside structure of the Whitey gang, and there is a very good info section at the end of the book with Kevin's reviews of other books written about Bulger.
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This is the superb account of Kevin Weeks, one of Whitey Bulgers main Lieutenants, and was a great book to read alongside Black Mass, written by Dick Lehr, which has been recently had a film completed regarding Whiteys exploits starring Johnny Depp- All in all a fascinating insight into the mind of an extortionist, gangster and racketeering in Boston the 1980s
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this book was good straight from the heart of the person that was with whitey bulger for 25 years and he doesn't hold back on details doesn't think hes tough just tells it straight . i read this book in 3 days couldn't put it down
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self serving but interesting insiders account of Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish mob. There have been a lot of kiss and tell books churned out by the Boston Irish hoods but this guy was very close to the Boston Irish Godfather.

J.R. Locke Author of Possible Twenty, a Gangster TalePossible Twenty, a Gangster Tale (Tommy Gallagher)Down & Out in Manhattan, a New York Tale

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Excellent insight, to a modern day gangster if you liked goodfeallas then you'll like this, Weeks seems a decent enough bloke considering his background, well worth the money.
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Although not a bad read it turns out to be just another ghost written book by a moron criminal who could not take it when he got caught and ratted on all and sundry........
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