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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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In this riveting new book from the author of The Westies and Paddy Whacked, New York Times bestselling author T. J. English offers a front-row seat at the trial of Whitey Bulger and an intimate view of the world of organized crime—and law enforcement—that made him the defining Irish American gangster.

For sixteen years Whitey Bulger eluded the long reach of the law. For decades one of the most dangerous men in America, Bulger—the brother of influential Massachusetts senator Billy Bulger—was often romanticized as a Robin Hood–like thief and protector. While he was functioning as the de facto mob boss of New England, Bulger was also serving as a top-echelon informant for the FBI, covertly feeding local prosecutors information about other mob figures—while using their cover to cleverly eliminate his rivals, reinforce his own power, and protect himself from prosecution. Then, in 2011 he was arrested in Southern California and returned to Boston, where he was tried and convicted of racketeering and murder.

Our greatest chronicler of the Irish mob in America, T. J. English covered the trial at close range—by day in the courtroom, but also on nights and weekends, interviewing Bulger’s associates as well as lawyers, former federal agents, and even members of the jury in the backyards and barrooms of Whitey’s world. In Where the Bodies Were Buried, he offers a startlingly revisionist account of Bulger’s story—and of the decades-long culture of collusion between the feds and the Irish and Italian mob factions that have ruled New England since the 1970s, when a fateful deal left the FBI fatally compromised. English offers an authoritative look at Bulger’s own understanding of his relationship with the FBI and his alleged immunity deal, and illuminates how gangsterism, politics, and law enforcement have continued to be intertwined in Boston.

As complex, harrowing, and human as a Scorsese film, Where the Bodies Were Buried is 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 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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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.