Montreal's Irish Mafia

Montreal's Irish Mafia

The True Story of the Infamous West End Gang

Book - 2011
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Montreal's Irish Mafia first made headlines with a spectacular Brinks robbery in 1976, using the money to establish control of the heroin and cocaine trade in the city's port. Many of the drugs were then shipped to New York: cocaine from Colombia, hashish from Morocco and France, and marijuana from Mexico.
Publisher: Toronto : John Wiley & Sons Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780470158906
Branch Call Number: 364.106 OCO
Characteristics: 272 p. : ill


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Dec 03, 2015

Flipping through the pages, all I was thinking was how much better this book could have been. The narrative is really weak - in fact, it reads more like an encyclopedia of crime in Montreal. And several chapters have nothing to do with the West End Gang; discussing the bikers wars of the late 90s and Vito Rizzuto. There were some interesting stories, like how Montreal was considered the bank robbing capital of North America in the 50s and 60s, but like q22 stated, it just lacked personality.

q22 Jun 07, 2012

Well, I don't know Montreal well, but this book tells of more murders in the past 60 years than I ever imagined.

Well researched, organized and written, but it is more like an accounting of the score than an outline of how the gangs worked - the dynamics of organized crime. I wasn't disappointed, I expected a little more personality.

Jun 22, 2011

Easy read, more about organized crime in Montreal than just the Irish gangs, good money in crime if you survive long enough

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