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Montreal's Irish Mafia: The True Story of the Infamous West End Gang Paperback – Mar 28 2011


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (March 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470158905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470158906
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John A G on May 18 2011
Format: Paperback
I grew up in Montréal on rue Jeanne Mance. I had friends in Griffintown and Goose Village and "The Point." As a boy I boxed a little there in a boys club sometimes.

Thankfully, I never did become one of the 'bad' guys but I did know one of the people in the book who was a very 'Bad Guy' and wound up dead stuffed in the back of his car as D'Arcy O'connor says. I 'knew' that guy because he became my next door neighbour on the south shore before he was murdered.

Matter of fact the QPF hauled me in to talk a bit about that neighbour who they kept arresting because I got in his face for killing my family dog.They told me who he was and to stop 'bothering' him. LOL Bizarre is all I can say about mobsters and O'Connor certainly displays every facet of that life.

The book is very well written, brought me some memories, and my friend John Westlake told me to buy that book and I'm not sorry I did that.

It is an extremely interesting and factual story that didn't take me long to read because it is that interesting I couldn't put it down.

John
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It's a rare thing as a reader to find a book which grips you in such a way that you can't help but consume it in two or three sittings. Montreal's Irish Mafia by Darcy O'connor with Miranda O'connor is indeed such a work. In his latest book Mr. O'connor has captured a piece of Montreal history which up until now has yet to be fully explored. Whether you're from Montreal or not, you will surely enjoy this book as it transports you deeper and deeper into an exciting and seedy underworld of bank robbers and gang bosses. You will learn how some of the biggest bank heists in North America were planned and executed and how at one time Montreal gangs were some of the biggest players in the trading of illicit drugs. Packed full of larger than life characters who survive by their wits, characters who pull off "bank jobs" by helicopter and live by their own criminal code, Montreal's Irish Mafia is a must read!

NKE
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A fairly good book. Author gets the grittiness across and the intensity of the era. The timeframe in Montreal was that of a rough city. Made New York seem idyllic.
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an interesting read for a former NDG guy like myself. The places and names are familar. It has a bit of a narrative but it is mostly a bunch of short stories.
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By Paul Phaneuf on Oct. 21 2013
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Too much of the who shot who and when, expected to read more about the overall operations, and less about the minutia of the details.
Actually I found it boring at times. Unless you are from the west end of Montreal it is of little interest.
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By Boneyard on Sept. 30 2013
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not a bad book - more like a series of magazine articles - not really a connected story line but then it would have been hard to get a whole book out of any of the smaller story lines about several non-connected individuals.
good research - however he could have put a little more work into the wording of many sentences - too many well worn phrases approaching cliches at times - more work into varied wording and descriptive phrases would improve this book.
also I guess you lose the pics in the Kindle version - the sketches in Kindle don't cut it - one drawback I guess of on-line reading - not a comment on the author
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