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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2011
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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on August 11, 2013
I found that Mr. O'Connor, chronologically set this book up well. I enjoyed the read and know first hand the affects organized crime has on it's victims. I disagree with the glorification of these types of gangs because it tends to encourage future generations of criminals, They tend to ride on the coattails of persons who are guilty of a lot more crimes than those expressed in the book. They got away with a lot, these crimes are not victimless.
The book cover of "mafia mugs" was good and the writing I found was authentic to the nature of the book. I was not happy with the pics and would have liked to see actual pictures. Mr. O'Conner had some names but there were a lot of names left out. It was a good read and the price to read the book was worth it to me.
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on April 28, 2015
A large portion of this book actually has nothing to do with the irish mafia in Montreal. The author tells a great many stories about the biker gang wars and their drug dealings and the Italian and jewish mafia. It still was a good and interesting read and some of the footnotes at the bottom of the page detailing in many instances his personal experiences with the subjects he is writing about. The most annoying part of the book in my mind was the cartoon pictures throughout the book. Either put a real photo in your book or leave them out completely, a cartoon drawing doesn't give the book much credibility.
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on June 7, 2011
Growing up in the general area of lower NDG... this book brought some things together insofar as names I heard around growing up and about a slice of history of my home in general, especially where both my Italian side and my Irish side's are concerned; with my Grandpa and family coming from areas named in this book.

It is also interesting to see where certain big business chains started out and how it would appear are still managing in today's times. A reality check, maybe.
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on October 21, 2013
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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on October 23, 2013
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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on September 30, 2013
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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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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on December 5, 2014
Average read, I was expecting more. Some chapters are very boring. If you are from Montreal it's worth reading. If not, don't bother with this book.
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