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Author: T. J. English Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9780062421258
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New York Times bestselling author T. J. English, the acclaimed master chronicler of the Irish Mob in America, offers a front-row seat at the trial of one of the most notorious gangsters of all—Whitey Bulger—and pulls back the veil to expose a breathtaking history of corruption and malfeasance

Whitey Bulger was, following the death of Osama bin Laden, the number-one fugitive on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list; he remained at large for sixteen years. One of the most prominent mobsters in Boston's criminal underworld from the 1970s until his disappearance in 1995, Bulger was sometimes romanticized as a Robin Hood–esque thief and protector who looked out for his South Boston neighborhood.

But the truth was much more complicated—and infinitely more sordid—as his trial on racketeering charges revealed in alarming detail. Throughout the era in which Bulger was a crime boss, he was also a Top Echelon Informant (TE) for the FBI, supposedly helping prosecutors make organized-crime cases against the Mafia by feeding them information that could win them convictions in court. His relationship with the criminal justice system—an arrangement he inherited from a previous generation of gangsters and corrupt lawmen—represents the hidden horror of the Bulger story and the battleground on which prosecutors and defense lawyers clashed at his trial.

There have been other books on Bulger, but none like this. T. J. English—author of Paddy Whacked, the definitive history of the Irish Mob—was present every day of the proceedings, and in Where the Bodies Were Buried gives us not just an account of the trial but also a deeply sourced, disturbing portrait of the decades-long culture of collusion between the Feds and the Irish and Italian Mob factions that ruled Boston and much of New England from the 1970s forward. English provides the first look at Bulger's own understanding of his relationship with the FBI—including the immunity deal he claimed with the U.S. Attorney's Office—and an in-depth assessment of the degree to which gangsterism, politics, and law enforcement have long been intertwined in Boston.

Rich in first-person interviews with criminal associates, retired FBI agents, victims, and their families, Where the Bodies Were Buried completes the informal trilogy English began with The Westies and Paddy Whacked and promises to be the last word on a reign of terror that many feared would never end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Expose[s] a shocking panorama of institutional corruption…English’s outrage at the injustices perpetrated by the Department of Justice is palpable. It’s matched only by his disgust that few responsible will ever be held accountable.”


  • “In his fascinating new book, English indicts the federal criminal justice system in New England, accusing it of enabling an entire era of murder and mayhem. Thoroughly gripping.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A searing narrative of the criminal underworld that reads like fiction but unflinchingly exposes the truth about Whitey Bulger, his world, and the system that allowed him to flourish.”

    Huffington Post

  • “This is a candid and unflattering look at this country’s broken criminal justice system…As intriguing as it is revealing…Illuminating, disconcerting, shocking, insightful, and engaging as well…Superbly written.” (

  • “English combines firsthand coverage of Bulger’s 2013 racketeering trial with flashbacks to the decades leading up to Bulger’s conviction in a court of law, and his account is enhanced by access to one of the jurors on the case…Adds insight to the trial.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In coolly objective tones, Mike Chamberlain recounts the rise and fall of Whitey Bulger, one of the nation’s most wanted underworld figures…Chamberlain delivers the horrific tales of brutality with matter-of-fact reportage…Bulger was finally convicted of racketeering and murder, and Chamberlain makes this account memorable.”


  • “English goes into great detail and presents solid evidence that the demoralization of the Boston FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed these men to terrorize New England…This kind of insight into corruption in the FBI and the DOJ doesn’t get published very often.”

    Library Journal

  • “English…presents solid evidence that the Bulger problem was really an FBI corruption problem and that the world should be far more concerned with the system than just the one man.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee

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About the Author

T. J. English is the New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne, Paddy Whacked, The Westies, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. His screenwriting credits include television episodes of NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.