I grew up in the Old Colony housing project in South Boston and became partners with James "Whitey" Bulger, who I always called Jimmy.
Jimmy and I, we were unstoppable. We took what we wanted. And we made people disappear—permanently. We made millions. And if someone ratted us out, we killed him. We were not nice guys.
I found out that Jimmy had been an FBI informant in 1999, and my life was never the same. When the feds finally got me, I was faced with something Jimmy would have killed me for—cooperating with the authorities. I pled guilty to twenty-nine counts, including five murders. I went away for five and a half years.
I was brutally honest on the witness stand, and this book is brutally honest, too; the brutal truth that was never before told. How could it? Only three people could tell the true story. With one on the run and one in jail for life, it falls on me.
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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”)
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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Book Description William Morrow, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061122696
Book Description William Morrow, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061122696
Book Description William Morrow, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061122696