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Whitey Bulger

America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

Kevin Cullen (Author), Shelley Murphy (Author)

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"This is the definitive story of Whitey Bulger…a masterwork of reporting." —Michael Connelly, best-selling author of The Black Box

A New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Boston Globe Bestseller

An instant classic, this unforgettable narrative, rich with family ties and intrigue, follows the astonishing career of a gangster whose life was more sensational than fiction. Cullen and Murphy have broken more Bulger stories than anyone, and Whitey Bulger became front-page news, revealing the mobster's secret letters written from Plymouth Jail after the sixteen-year manhunt that led to his capture and offering unparalleled insight into his contradictions and complex personality. The afterword covering the results of the dramatic and emotional trial provides a riveting denouement to this "eminently fair and thorough telling of a life, which makes it all the more damning" (Boston Globe).

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34725-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 528 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“A terrific book…A portrait of its subject in all his complexity.” — David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

“In the same way that J. Anthony Lukas’s Common Ground is essential to understanding Boston's racial history, Whitey Bulger is an authoritative treatise on the city's late-20th-century underworld.” — Sean Flynn, Boston Globe

“A great read…So many terrific, amazing stories.” — Dave Davies, NPR's Fresh Air

“Riveting.” — The Economist

“Easily the best story about crime I've read.” — Jimmy Breslin, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author of The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight and The Good Rat

“This is the definitive story of Whitey Bulger. As much social documentary as riveting crime story, the book is a masterwork of reporting by Cullen and Murphy. I couldn’t put it down.” — Michael Connelly, best-selling author of The Black Box

“This is the Whitey Bulger book by the two expert journalists who know the turf best.” — Michael Patrick MacDonald, best-selling author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

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