The Westies review ✓ 3

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Librarian's note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book hereEven among the Mob the Westies were feared Out of a partnership between two sadistic thugs James Coonan and Mickey Featherstone the gang rose out of the inferno of Hell's Kitc. New York Hell's Kitchen Irish Mob murder mayhem extortion drug abuse sociopaths and body dismemberment what's not to like

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The WestiesHen a decaying tenderloin slice of New York City's West Side They became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime excelling in extortion numbers running loansharking and drug peddling Upping the ante on depravity their specialty was execution by. My previous publishing job was headuartered just east of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City a midtown neighborhood west of Times Suare running all the way to the Hudson River I often walked home from work and my route took me through this storied location It’s gentrifying slowly now but it used to be legendarily rough The Westies tells a crime story set in the area during its last gasp as a scary place During the 1970s and 1980s Hell’s Kitchen was the home of a murderous drug dealing loansharking armed robbing kidnapping and racketeering gang called the Westies its members mostly Irish American They were beyond brutal They gained strength when they joined forces with the Gambino crime family After a ton of mayhem double crossing dismembering and the Westies were finally broken up and faced justice TJ English tells the whole amazing story There’s so much terrorizing in this book I’m glad I didn’t read it during my days walking through the neighborhood Even though the gang was long gone I think I might have still been watching my back —Phil

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The Westies review ✓ 3 ß Librarian's note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book hereEven among the Mob the Westies were feared Out of a partnership between two sadistic thugs James Coonan and Mickey Featherstone the gang rose out of the inferno of Hell's Kitchen a decaying tenderloin slice of New York City's West Side They becDismemberment Though never numbering than a dozen members their reign lasted for almost twenty years until their own violent natures got the best of them precipitating a downfall that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of crim. uick what ethnic group do you think of when you think organized crimeProbably the Italians whether fictional like Don Corleone or the Sopranos; or real ones like Al Capone John Gotti Sammy The Bull Gravano etc Maybe a follow up thought would be Jews whether as organizers for the Italian mob or in their own organizations like Murder IncYou probably didn't think of the IrishBut maybe you shouldThe book takes us inside the Hell's Kitchen gang that the press dubbed The Westies focusing in particular on Mickey Featherstone one of the central members who eventually turned into an informantBut none of that explains the appeal of the book The crime details are disturbing and specific the dialog is blunt and not ing printable and the cast of characters so to speak includes the hoods cops lawyers politicians and just folks from the neighborhoodOn a personal note I knew that Hell's Kitchen used to be very violent but I didn't realize a lot of the violence was in the '70s and '80s when I was growing up in a different part of Manhattan