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The Westies

Inside New York's Irish Mob
Written by: T. J. English
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
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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.

©2006 T. J. English (P)2017 Tantor

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Great telling of Irish crime in New York.

seeing through the eyes of Mickey Featherstone, an emotional resident of Hell's Kitchen turn criminal, gives you a non-fictional look into the Irish mob. great story.

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  • Kevin Armstrong
  • Naples, New York USA
  • 2017-09-11

TJ English's best. Love his work.

I really love TJ English's well document, well researched books. The Westies is my new favorite. I visited Hell's Kitchen a few years ago. Now I have to go back with this story fresh in my head. An outstanding crime story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-12-25

Redemption

I feel like today's justice system is built more to scorn wrong doers rather than rehabilitate them and offer some form of redemption. In Mickey Featherstone's case you can see when one is given the chance they can achieve it.
I am a fan of T.J. English and this is another fantastic saga of the old gritty streets.

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  • avid reader
  • 2017-09-29

Documentary that reads like a novel.

This history of Hell's Kitchen and the Irish immigrants that formed an organized crime dynasty is well told, with great detail, and without politicization. The reader can form their own opinions as the events unfold. I especially like the follow up at the end that gives the reader closure on the participants.

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  • C.J. Sellers
  • 2019-06-04

Good in depth Irish Mob book!

I knew almost nothing about The Westies before this book. It goes from the beginning to the end of the crew with all the details laid out for you. Narration is great and its the perfect length to hold your attention the entire time!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-29

The Westies

thoroughly researched and comprehensive account of a remarkable period in the history of crime in NTC

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  • BenRias
  • Los Angeles
  • 2018-08-14

revealing true crime book

I enjoyed hearing the mostly unvarnished and complete facts of the case instead of the sensationalized highlights that most sources highlight. Hearing the personal stories, and getting a glimpse of the real people behind the myths and legends is always appreciated. Narration was fine, nothing spectacular but better than average.

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  • Matthew
  • Olive branch, MS, United States
  • 2018-08-04

Really good look into Irish Mafia

Really good look into the Irish Mafia so well written great start to finish highly recommend

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  • Laurie A. Bobskill
  • 2018-07-06

Very good narrator, absorbing true story

If someone were to write this tale as a novel I would not have believed it. incredible research.

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  • Dennis Larocque
  • 2018-06-28

incredible

one of the best accounts of old time gangs and gangsters I have ever read.

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  • Julio
  • 2018-06-28

Great book

Started slow and was a bit confusing to follow all the characters. But ended in a great way. Highly recommend this book for anyone that is into true crime books.

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