Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.54 × 6.48 × 1.3 in
Published: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 076532640X
ISBN - 13: 9780765326409
About the Book
Following the lead of Boston crime-thriller writers like Dennis Lehane and Chuck Hogan, "New York Times"-bestselling author and radio sensation Carr delivers a hard-hitting tale of survival, betrayal, deceit, and murder . . . in other words, a fictional odyssey through the last 30 years of crime in Boston.
Read from the Book
Chapter One MY JAILBIRD BROTHER got me into this whole jam. It wasn’t the first time Martin T. Reilly had dragged me into something, but the difference this time was, he wasn’t even around. He was doing another bit, this one in the federal prison up in Ayer at the old Fort Devens Army base. The feds got a “tip” from a so-called Top Echelon Criminal Informant, and a combined FBI-ATF-MSP task force bagged him down on the Connecticut line, on I-84, driving a truckload of cigarettes that did not belong to him. Marty stood up, not that he had a lot of choice in the matter. Fuckups like Marty either keep their mouths shut or they get whacked. People think everyone in the quote-unquote mob who gets arrested nowadays immediately flips and goes into the Witness Protection Program, but it’s only for guys a lot higher up in the hood hierarchy than Marty. So my little brother was up at Devens doing federal time, which now means 85 percent of the sentence, and when he and all the rest of the wiseguys (there’s a misnomer) aren’t either working out in the weight room or trying to concoct bogus technicalities for an appeal in the law library, they’re yapping away, swapping lies, dropping names. And poor Marty, what did it say about his utter lack of stature either inside or outside the joint that the biggest name he had to drop was an ex-cop’s, namely mine? The day I got the call that started the whole thing, I was sitting i
From the Publisher
Following the lead of Boston crime-thriller writers like Dennis Lehane and Chuck Hogan, New York Times
bestselling author and radio sensation Howie Carr delivers Hard Knocks
—a hard-hitting tale of survival, betrayal, deceit, and murder…in other words, a fictional odyssey through the last thirty years of crime in Boston.
Jack Reilly, a dodgy ex-Boston cop, is trying to make ends meet as a private investigator. When a client is killed, execution style, Reilly finds himself in a whole world of pain. Someone wants him dead-but why? To find out, Reilly must weed through thirty years of duplicity, corruption, and killing…a web of politicians dirtier than mobsters and criminals nobler than senators. He needs to uncover the dangerous truth behind the bribery, blood, and backdoor deals that define the highest levels of both organized crime and State House politics—before it''s too late.
About the Author
HOWIE CARR is a columnist for the Boston Herald and author of The Brothers Bulger, which spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and the New York Times bestseller Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano, Whitey Bulger’s Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld. Carr hosts a daily four hour radio talk show that is syndicated throughout New England. Carr has won a National Magazine Award, and in 2008 he was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Carr lives in suburban Boston.
“The indictments of mobster mangled Boston continue to rain down in Howie Carr’s superb new true-crime book, Hitman
. It’s horrifying, it’s deadpan shocking, it’s a brilliant treatise on criminal psychopathy and a portrait of a city defined and subverted by hoodlums run amok. Read this book—it will grab you, garrotte you, and leave you gasping for breath.”
—James Ellroy, bestselling author of American Tabloid
and L.A. Confidential,
“ It used to be Chicago that had all the brutal gangsters. Now it’s Boston. Howie Carr weaves a frightening tale of unlawful conduct, and it’s all true!”
—Bill O’Reilly on Hitman