Hitman

The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano: Whitey Bulger's Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld

Howie Carr

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Martin Scorsese’s The Departed barely touched on his story. Now radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of gangster Johnny Martorano in Hitman.

For two decades Martorano struck fear into anyone even remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty mob murders—for which Johnny would serve twelve years in prison. Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who aided Johnny and Whitey, and at the flamboyant city of Boston which Martorano so ruthlessly ruled.

A plethora of paradoxes, Johnny Martorano was Mr. Mom by day and man-about-town by night. Surrounded by fast-living politicians, sports celebrities, and show biz entertainers, Johnny was charismatically colorful—as charming as he was frightening. After all, he was, in the end…a hitman.

The paperback edition of Howie Carr’s riveting true-crime story includes a new epilogue detailing Whitey Bulger’s dramatic June 2011 capture..

 
 
 

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“Always Be a Man”
 
FROM HIS BIRTH at Cambridge City Hospital on December 13, 1940, John Vincent Martorano was an unlikely gangster. He had only one sibling, and he grew up in a stable middle-class household with both parents present. After the age of eleven he lived in the suburbs.
His father owned a profitable business and no one in the family ever lacked for money. In the somnabulent 1950s, young Johnny Martorano served as an altar boy and later went to both parochial and prep schools where his friends included, among others, a future congressman and

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"Howie Carr weaves a frightening tale of unlawful conduct, and it's all true." --Bill O'Reilly
 
"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 

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Howie Carr

Howie Carr is a columnist for the Boston Herald and author of The Brothers Bulger, which spent 11 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano:  Whitey Bulger’s Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld. He also hosts a daily four-hour radio talk show syndicated throughout New England. In 1985, Carr won a National Magazine Award, and in 2008 he was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. Carr lives in suburban Boston with his wife and their three daughters.

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Hitman
The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano: Whitey Bulger's Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld
Howie Carr

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429992114
ISBN10: 1429992115
464 pages
$9.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765326393
ISBN10: 0765326396
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 464 pages, 137 black-and-white photographs throughout
$25.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
June 2013
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765365316
ISBN10: 0765365316
4 3/16 x 7 1/2 inches, 560 pages
$9.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
May 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765332394
ISBN10: 0765332396
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 480 pages
$15.99
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