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The Westies

Inside New York's Irish Mob

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Westies by T. J. English

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Even among the Mob, the Westies were feared. Out of a partnership between two sadistic thugs - James Coonan and Mickey Featherstone - the gang dominated the decaying slice of New York City's West Side known as Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s and '80s. Excelling in extortion, numbers running, loansharking and drug-peddling, they became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime. The then prosecutor Rudolf Giuliani called them 'the most savage organisation in the long history of New York street gangs'. Upping the ante on brutality and depravity, their speciality when it came to punishment and killings was dismemberment. Their reign lasted almost twenty - their end would come as their own violent natures got the best of them and precipitated a downfall as infamous as their rise. This revised and updated edition, brings the story of the Westies up to date with 'where are they now' snapshots of the men - and women - of the Westies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780553819564
ISBN-10: 0553819569
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 127mm x 33mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author T. J. English

Savage City by T. J. English Savage City, Paperback (April 2011)

In the early 1960s, the Mad Men era, a mood of menace gripped New York City. This title tells the stories of three very different New Yorkers - an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt cop and a militant Black Panther, and explores this traumatic decade in the city's history.

Havana Mob by T. J. English Havana Mob, Paperback (September 2008)

Throughout the 1950s, as the Cuban people laboured under a violently repressive regime, the mob-financed revelry in Havana never stopped. This book captures a unique chapter not only in the history of organised crime but also in the history of the United States.

Paddy Whacked by T. J. English Paddy Whacked, Paperback (March 2006)

Re-created by the bestselling author of "The Westies, Paddy Whacked" is the shocking history of Irish-American gangsterism from the 19th century to the present. 16-page photo insert.

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Author Biography - T. J. English

T.J. English is a noted journalist and screenwriter, and is the author of three other books: Old Bones and Shallow Graves, Born To Kill and just published, The Havan Mob. He has written for numerous publications, including Esquire and Playboy, while his screenwriting credits include work on NYPD Blue and Homicide. The Westies was his first book, became a US bestseller and launched its author's career as an expert on the multi-ethnic nature of organised crime in America. He lives in New York City.

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