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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howie Carr Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538465059
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Brothers Bulger comes the story of Johnny Martorano, whom the FBI called “the most feared man in the underworld.”

Martin Scorsese’s The Departed barely touched his story, but radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of Johnny Martorano. For two decades, Martorano struck fear into anyone remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty murders, for which Johnny would serve only twelve years in prison. Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who aided Johnny and Whitey and at the vibrant city of Boston which they so ruthlessly ruled. But most of all, Carr depicts Johnny—the most fascinating crime figure Carr has ever encountered. A plethora of paradoxes, he 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Howie Carr weaves a frightening tale of unlawful conduct, and it’s all true.”

    Bill O’Reilly, Fox News commentator and bestselling author

  • “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, garrote you, and leave you gasping for breath.”

    James Ellroy, New York Times bestselling author of American Tabloid and LA Confidential

  • Boston Herald columnist Carr has produced a rat-a-tat journey through Boston’s underworld…This will especially appeal to those interested in the history of organized crime and Boston.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John De sousa | 12/20/2013

    " A much better book than I expected, since I'm not a big Howie Carr fan. It will be interesting to see what Johnny's role in Whitey's upcoming trial will be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Stephens | 12/5/2013

    " Unbelievable! This book is proof that real life can be crazier than fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to keep all the "characters" straight but once I just realized it would be nearly impossible, it was much easier to get through. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 11/23/2013

    " The first half was a little boring because there were so many unfamiliar names to keep track of. The second half, which zeroes in on Whitey and Stevie was much more interesting. I think this book would appeal to mob story afficionadoes and Bostonians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey Flanagan | 9/18/2013

    " I love any book about Whitey Bulger "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bkamens | 8/10/2013

    " The impact of the Bulger brothers on the political and law enforcement landscape in Boston is still felt today. The only good thing about Martorano is that he got oissed off at them the result of which blew the whistle on the entire operation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Butler | 7/23/2013

    " I hate Howies politics but loved this book.A seedy story of the gangsters that ran the city for 40 years,it reminds me of when the Town was a backwater and not the gleaming place it is now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tisa | 5/10/2013

    " Good book. Should read "The Brother's Bulger", "Black Mass", and "The Underboss" as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 9/9/2012

    " It made me realize the depth of corruption in Boston over many decades. Wink, wink, nod, nod. I listen to Howie almost every day, and he is very, very good on the radio. My only beef with the book is the tremendous number of names that I had to try to keep track of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Hamrick | 6/15/2012

    " straight forward look at Boston Mob scene. tales of backstabbing, murder and money allthe classics. Although the Boston scene was no where near as sophisticated as NYC scene "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/26/2012

    " It was great especially if you are interested in the Boston Mafia and organized crime history. Howie is an excellent author and I enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to getting his other book on Whitey Bulger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike King | 12/20/2011

    " Once again, Carr produces a gripping and informative read, despite certain technical flaws in his composition. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in crime history, particularly with organized crime in Boston. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/10/2011

    " Of course I adore the author and his radio show. However I don't really care about gangsters so this book was a little boring for me. There are a lot of names to keep track of. I wish there has been a family tree of gangster names to help keep them straight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Libby | 10/27/2011

    " He got the Stevie Hughes murder completely wrong he was killed bringing groceries into his pregnant wife in Charlestown they missed killing his wife by 2 minutes. The rest of the book was the same stuff I've read in all the other Boston gangster books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lulu | 9/24/2011

    " It was an ok book. A bit slow and confusing at times though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 9/14/2011

    " This book was disappointing. It reads like the Boston telephone directory...an endless cavalcade of names, aliases, and relationships, with very little continuity. With Whitey Bulger's capture in the current news, it was a timely book release, but "timely" doesn't always count for much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theanonymousafro | 5/5/2011

    " Ironically I finished this book the day before Whitey was arrested. Found this a lot more interesting than expected. Martorano is a more compelling character than I would have otherwise assumed. "

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About the Author

Howie Carr is an award-winning front-page columnist for the Boston Herald and the host of The Howie Carr Show, a popular New England drive-time talk radio program. Known for his scathing exposés of local politicians, he is regularly featured on NBC’s Today, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and CNN. In 1985 he won a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize. He has been nominated for an Emmy. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates. He has also won seven Earphones Awards.