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The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob

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James Anderson Foster

13 Hours 47 Minutes

Tantor Media

June 2017

Audio Book Summary

It's men like Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone who gave Hell's Kitchen its name. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Jimmy, a charismatic sociopath, is the leader. Mickey, whose memories of Vietnam torture him daily, is his enforcer. Together they make brutality their trademark, butchering bodies or hurling them out the window. Under their reign, Hell's Kitchen becomes a place where death literally rains from the sky. But when Mickey goes down for a murder he didn't commit, he suspects his friend has sold him out. He returns the favor, breaking the underworld's code of silence and testifying against his gang in open court.

From one of the writers behind NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Street comes an incredible true story of what it means to survive in the world of organized crime, where murder is commonplace.

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  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed learning the History of the westies, was cool hearing some of their hang outs and well it's all very mad...crazy Irish gangsters.

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  • Nancy B.

    "The Westies" is the account of the Irish Mob from its formation until its end. It starts with Mickey Featherstone's first day turning over states' evidence. The significance of this doesn't hit until the end of the book. I grew up in the 70s, 100 miles south of where these incidents took place. I may have seen an "I love the Westies" bumper sticker driving to Northern Jersey or New York in the 80s. In Trenton, NJ, being Irish was a big deal--just like being Italian. This book explained a lot of things in my childhood, just saying.

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  • Jocelyn W.

    This was a very compelling book that drew you right into the grip of the Irish Mob's dirty business! At times the author was so descriptive that it seemed like he put you in the very room with these monsters.

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  • Don C.

    Great Book. The details were fantastic.

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