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For decades the FBI let James Whitey Bulger get away with murder, allowing him continued control of his criminal enterprise in exchange for information. He went on the lam in 1995 and todayfollows top-ranked Osama bin Laden on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.
Edward J. MacKenzie, Jr. was a drug dealer and enforcer who would do just about anything for Bulger. In this compelling eyewitnessaccount, Eddie Mac delivers the goods on his one-time boss and on such former associates as Stephen The Rifleman Flemmi and turncoat FBI agent John Connolly.
Street Soldier is also astory of the search for family, for acceptance, for respect, loyalty, and love. Abandoned by his parents at the age of four, Mackenzie became a ward of the state, suffered physical and sexual abuse, and eventuallydrifted into Bulger's orbit.
The Eddie Mac who emerges in these pages is complex: An enforcer who was also a national kick-boxing champion; a womanizer who fought for custody of his daughters; a kidnever given much of a chance who went on, as an adult, to earn a college degree in three years; a man who lived by a strict code of loyalty but also helped set up a sting operation that would net one of the largest haulsof cocaine ever seized.
Street Soldier is as disturbing and fascinating as a crime scene, as heart-stopping as a bar fight, and at times as darkly comic as Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction or MartinScorsese's Good Fellas.
From the Hardcover edition.
EDWARD J MACKENZIE JR. is a single father raising his two daughters near his hometown of South Boston.
PHYLLIS KARAS is coauthor of The Onassis Women. A contributor to People magazine and an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Journalism, she lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
ROSS A. MUSCATO is a strategic communications consultant who lives in the Boston area.
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