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by Jay Atkinson


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Legends of Winter Hill, which had me cringing one minute and laughing the next, broadened my street education.

Legends of Winter Hill, which had me cringing one minute and laughing the next, broadened my street education. I guarantee it will do the same for you. -Boston Sunday Globe. McCain pursued such infamous Winter Hill mobsters as Stephen "the Rifleman" Flemmi and the murderous James "Whitey" Bulger, who remains on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Here Atkinson reveals new details-based on his exclusive interviews and an abundance of his own shoe leather-about how Bulger, one of America's most notorious fugitives, came within inches of being apprehended during Joe McCain's reign.

In Legends of Winter Hill Atkinson traces Big Joe’s career from the day he put on his Boston Metropolitan Police .

In Legends of Winter Hill Atkinson traces Big Joe’s career from the day he put on his Boston Metropolitan Police uniform in the 1950s through the heyday of his run-ins with mafiosi, bad cops, and ruthless killers, up to his death in 2001. Atkinson also follows the career of Joe McCain’s son, Joe J. a tattooed motorcycle fanatic who took up the mantle of his father and became a cop himself. For one year, writer Jay Atkinson worked as a private eye for the storied firm McCain Investigations, founded by the late Joe McCain, one of the most decorated police officers in Boston history.

THAT PARTICULAR MORNING Detective Joe McCain arrived late to the office of the MDC Special Investigations Unit, located on the sixth floor of the old Registry of Motor Vehicles building in Boston. He was whistling as he came into the Nashua Street office because during a recent physical the doctor had said he was in good shape- his heart was sound and his blood pressure was fine. He just needed to lose some weight, and there in the office Joseph E. McCain, S. announced that he was starting a new regimen that very day: January 29, 1988. No more bloody steaks at the Parker House, or hot pastrami sandwiches from the North End.

Describes a year in the life of a rookie private detective for McCain Investigations, a firm founded by the most decorated police officer in Boston history, detailing the cases on which he worked. Foreword "Somebody's Been Shot" - Prologue School of Hard Knocks - Joey and the Angels - The Wild, Wild East - The Strange Case of Joe Jr. and Mr. Hyde - Redbones - It All Comes Home to Papa - The Seventh Basic Investigative Technique - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The.

In Legends of Winter Hill Atkinson traces Big Joe’s career from the day he put on his . Legends of Winter Hill takes you into an alluring and gritty world where. Legends of Winter Hill takes you into an alluring and gritty world where heroes go unsung every day and moral boundaries aren’t always black and white.

Hill : Cops, con Men, and Joe Mccain, the Last Real Detective. artists, as well as the ghost of a real American hero, legendary cop Joe McCain. This book is a fantastic story of a Met Cop and his family on the North Shore/Boston Metro North area

Legends of Winter Hill : Cops, con Men, and Joe Mccain, the Last Real Detective. In this colorful narrative, Atkinson describes the cases he worked that year, chasing down an assortment of felons, thieves, and con artists, as well as the ghost of a real American hero, legendary cop Joe McCain. This book is a fantastic story of a Met Cop and his family on the North Shore/Boston Metro North area. I really enjoyed Mr. Atkinson's novel.

Legends of Winter Hill- Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective. Legends of Winter Hill- Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective.

Legends of Winter Hill: Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective. Legends of Winter Hill: Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective.

“At McCain Investigations, I’d be sent looking for people who didn’t want to be found, following guys who didn’t want to be followed, and entering neighborhoods where I was not at all welcome. There would be no commercials, no time-outs, no ‘do-overs’ if somebody got shot or stabbed or run over. These guys were playing for keeps.”Seasoned journalist and adventurer Jay Atkinson spent a year working as a rookie private eye for the storied firm McCain Investigations, founded by the late Joe McCain, Sr., one of the most decorated police officers in Boston history. In his colorful narrative style, Atkinson describes some of the cases he worked as a detective, chasing down an assortment of felons, thieves, and con artists, as well as the ghost of a real-life American hero, legendary cop Joe McCain.Atkinson traces McCain’s story from the day he put on his Boston Metropolitan Police uniform in the 1950s through the heyday of his run-ins with mafiosi, bad cops, and ruthless killers. Big Joe was the genuine article, a detective so committed to his work that a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty took thirteen years to kill him. McCain pursued such infamous Winter Hill mobsters as Stephen “the Rifleman” Flemmi and the murderous James “Whitey” Bulger, who remains on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. Here Atkinson reveals new details—based on his exclusive interviews and an abundance of his own shoe leather—about how Bulger, one of America’s most notorious fugitives, came within inches of being apprehended during Joe McCain’s reign.Atkinson also tracks the career of Joe McCain’s son, Joe Jr., a tattooed, hard-riding motorcycle fanatic who followed his old man onto the force. Since big Joe’s death, young Joe has learned the hard way that a father’s mythic persona can be both a blessing and a curse, as a fellow cop with a grudge against Joe Sr. may be out to ruin young Joe’s career. Atkinson delves into this dark and dangerous aspect of “the job,” where it’s uncertain which side some cops are on.Legends of Winter Hill takes you into an alluring and gritty world where heroes go unsung every day, and moral boundaries aren’t always black and white.

Comments: (7)

LONUDOG
The structure of the book is pretty unique, and it starts off promisingly enough--a writer tails Somerville Cop Joe McCain, Jr. during the last year he'll runs his father's private investigation firm, all the in the hope of learning more about the "mythic" Joe McCain, Sr. And while some of the stories about the old man are interesting, the son's narrative falls apart about half-way through and the author has to rely increasingly on the second hand stories of the father, which are borderline saccharine in their praise. It's actually not badly written for the most part, but the author makes this strange choice to focus on these irrelevant physical details--of subway stations, ancillary characters, front yards strewn with dog s***--rather than on any of the more interesting themes he begins to weave at the start--the psychology of a corrupt and violent context, its effects on its inhabitants, the nature of morality in such a place, etc.--and it drags what should've been a 250 page book out to about 400. By the end of it, the persistent, fawning hero-worship over the dead father, the self-righteous editorializing about any character the author deems "not a good guy," and the lack of a clear thematic point make it almost daunting to get through.
Landarn
The book was well written, but having "been there, knew/know them", for 97% of the people mentioned in this book.....a lot of it is just plain NOT TRUE. Good stories, but, fiction nonetheless.
Mpapa
This book is a waste of time. The Winter Hill Mob is an intersesting reality but this seems to about some cop and his peculiar involvement.
Hap
The book was in good condition, not like new, but it was priced properly and I was able to read it just like a new one.
iSlate
Okay, the title is a bit much. But I enjoyed this book tremendously. Some of the criticisms point to the elements I liked best. The routine cases, how they were approached, and the results were a revelation to someone who has no real idea of police work except what I've seen on "Cops" (constant action and crisis!). There was a new story on every page, and I wound up reading until 1 a.m. on a work day because I just couldn't help reading "one more page". The descriptions of the surroundings, the characters, the sounds and smells of the settings, conjured up a real sense of being there. I was fascinated by the character faults and virtues of the people in the book, as Atkinson tried to remain true to McCain's philosophy that most people aren't entirely good or bad. As a resident of the area, I finally understand the gang wars that were taking place when I was growing up (I remember the old Boston Record American newpaper with the crime scene photos splashed across the front). I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who lives in the Northeast, and to others who'd like a glimpse into how Boston politics are practiced in every profession!
Buzalas
This book is a fantastic story of a Met Cop and his family on the North Shore/Boston Metro North area. I really enjoyed Mr. Atkinson's novel. He did a good job of telling the stories of Joe McCain as a Met Cop and P.I. Joe McCain was a shining example of a good cop and an example of the character that can only be developed in Boston. It was interesting all the rogues he would run into that we have come to know through the case of Whitey Bulger. I don't want to give away too much about the story because I highly encourage any true crime fan to read this book. I have reccomended this book to friends and no one was disapointed. One friend admitted he was brought to tears by the touching story. Buy this book, you will not regret it
thrust
I liked it so much I read it twice. I noticed a lot of misspellings in the negative reviews, not that spelling is totally correlated with intelligence, but... I've lived in Somerville, where much of the book takes place. I thought Atkinson really captured the spirit of the place. Book is full of interesting stories. Whether he got every fact correct, I don't know. In view of the fact that no one has sued him for anything he wrote, I would say he tried very hard to make it accurate. Lots of great info about police and detective work.
This book glorifies former MDC police detective Joe McCain. It switches chapters detailing McCains exploits (glorifying them really) and his son's current police career, which is uneventful at best. The chapters regarding the son are best skipped. Atkinson does not paint him in a likable format. That said, half the book is not even worth reading, and the other half is not worth buying.
Legends of Winter Hill: Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective download epub
Politics & Government
Author: Jay Atkinson
ISBN: 1400050758
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: Crown (March 15, 2005)
Pages: 368 pages