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With Where the Bodies Were Buried, New York Times best-selling author T.J. English completes his unprecedented non-fiction trilogy of books that cover – collectively — the full sweep of the Irish Mob in America.

From the era of the Irish Potato Famine in the late 19th Century, through the Prohibition years, right up to and including the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in Boston, the Irish Mob held sway. The Irish Mob Trilogy lays bare this epic saga and presents a staggering cast of strivers, hoodlums and crime fighters. The three books that constitute the trilogy – The Westies (1990) Paddy Whacked (2005) and Where the Bodies Were Buried (2015) – represent a major literary accomplishment, and also happen to be entertaining as hell.

The story begins in the Five Points, in lower Manhattan, where destitute exiles from the Great Famine formed the earliest street gangs. These gangs partook of the various criminal rackets of their day – illegal gambling, thievery, prostitution, and extortion – but they also laid the groundwork for a criminal structure that was to become deeply embedded in the world of politics. Political organizations such as Tammany Hall utilized the financial bounty from criminal rackets and brute force to elect politicians and advocate for those represented by "the Tiger," as the organization was known.

This intermingling of underworld commerce, American capitalism and politics would become the foundation for what is now referred to as "organized crime."

Prohibition was the hey day for the Irish American gangster, not only in New York but across the nation in New Orleans, Chicago, Boston, Kansas City, and other municipalities. The Irish Mob became a force in the arenas of labor, politics, law enforcement, and gangsterism. At times, Irish mobsters worked in consort with the Mafia and other underworld factions; at other times, they were in competition with the Italians. This volatile and bloody sub-narrative to American history is referred to by T.J. English as "the war between the dagos and micks," with a body count that surpasses many wars.

Through the Depression, the post-war years of the 1940s and 1950s, and right into the latter decades of the 20th Century, the story of the Irish mob remained largely a hidden history until author English devoted the better part of twenty-five years to uncoiling this yarn. His trilogy brings the story into modern times, through the especially violent era of the last Irish Mob in New York — The Westies — and the infamous story of Whitey Bulger in Boston, which English chronicles through an account of the trial that brought Whitey down, and in so doing signaled the end of a criminal tradition that had lasted more than a century.

The Irish Mob Trilogy by T.J. English stands as the most complete exploration of this history ever presented by an author, historian or storyteller.

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For more than two decades, through non-fiction books and journalism, author T.J. ENGLISH has chronicled the American underworld. Starting with his debut book, THE WESTIES, and subsequent best sellers PADDY WHACKED, HAVANA NOCTURNE, and THE SAVAGE CITY, English's work has captivated readers and charted new territory. His latest book, WHERE THE BODIES WERE BURIED, is an account of the Whitey Bulger fiasco, and once again top notch reporting and masterful story telling are on display. Readers expect nothing less from T.J. English, who, as an author, has practically created his own genre of underworld crime as social history. A former New York City taxi driver, English brings a rare combination to bear on his work: a feel for the streets but also rigorous research and scholarship, so that his books feel intimate and personal but also comprehensive and definitive. They reveal the Big Picture, and also tell the little stories within the Big Picture. Leading historian and author Luc Sante (LOW LIFE) has declared T.J. English "one of the great reporters of our time."

T.J. English at the Goodfellas 25th Anniversary Panel

The gangster movie Goodfellas recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary, and in honor of this occasion writer T.J. English moderated an all-star panel discussion about the film at the prestigious 92nd Street Y in New York City. On the panel were: Nicholas Pileggi, who authored the book the movie was based on and also co-wrote the screenplay with director Martin Scorsese; legendary producer Irwin Winkler (Rocky, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, etc.), who produced Goodfellas; and Edward McDonald, the former federal prosecutor who plays himself in the movie. The discussion, memorialized on video in its entirety, is lively and full of inside info about the making of this classic film. Enjoy!

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Where the Bodies Were Buried:
Nominated for Edgar Allen Poe Award 2016

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For the fourth time in his career, author T.J. English has been nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of Best Fact Crime. Where the Bodies Were Buried, the latest of English’s non-fiction books to be nominated, joins previous nods for:

The Savage City -- 2011
Havana Nocturne -- 2009
Born to Kill – 1996

The Edgar Awards are given out each year by the Mystery Writers of America, an organization first established in 1945. Over the years, through the Edgar Awards, the MWA has honored writers such as Agatha Christie, Graham Green, John le Carre, Mary Higgins Clark, Elmore Leonard, Joseph Wambaugh, and many others. In the field of mystery and crime writing, the Edgar Award is considered the gold standard. The winners for 2016 will be announced at a banquet and award ceremony on the night of April 16th in Manhattan.
FOR THE FULL LIST: 2016 Edgar Nominees

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Blank On Blank Presents: Bill Murray On Being Obnoxious

T.J. English interviewed actor BILL MURRAY in October 1988 for Irish America Magazine. That interview recently resurfaced in a wonderful animated "episode" created by Blank on Blank, a web creator that uses archival interviews with significant historical figures in the arts, politics and letters as the basis for inventive animated short videos. 'Bill Murray On Being Obnoxious' has now gone viral. English hopes to collaborate with Blank on Blank on other episodes, including one upcoming with MARTIN SCORSESE. English interviewed the New York-based, award winning director for the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine in 1990, upon the release of his gangster classic GOODFELLAS.

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The Latest Jewel in the The Irish Mob Trilogy

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Where The Bodies Were Buried:
Whitey Bulger and The World That Made Him

WHERE THE BODIES WERE BURIED: WHITEY BULGER AND THE WORLD THAT MADE HIM has debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List in the category of Crime and Punishment. This is the fourth book by T.J. English to hit the prestigious Times bestseller list. THE SAVAGE CITY and PADDY WHACKED made the extended list, and HAVANA NOCTURNE rose all the way to #7 on the list.

A scalding account of the Whitey Bulger saga, English’s book is the first to lay out the full historical conspiracy of corruption the helped Bulger stay in power. As the most prominent gangster in Boston’s history, Bulger was brought to trial in 2013, an event that forms the central narrative of the book. English deviates from the trial to fill in the blanks, with first-person interviews with Bulger associates, family members of murder victims, ex-FBI agents, criminal defense lawyers, and many others.

The New Yorker magazine and Esquire, among other publications, have cited the book as the most complete picture ever presented of the Bulger saga. To read more about Where the Bodies Were Buried, and purchase a copy of the book, visit: or a bookstore near you.

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The Irish Mob Trilogy Website Has Officially Launched

A new website for The Irish Mob Trilogy by T.J. English has been launched, and it is a doozy. The books that comprise the trilogy -- The Westies, Paddy Whacked and Where the Bodies Were Buried, -- encompass the full scope of Irish Mob history from the time of the Great Potato Famine in the late-19th Century up to and including the trial of Whitey Bulger in the summer of 2013. The trilogy is an unprecedented literary accomplishment, and the new website showcases the three books in a manner that is stylish and entertaining.

Check it out:
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