A Boston Whodunnit
Thrilling history and crime in Beantown.
Lawyer David Hosp (Innocence), a Boston native, has conjoined the last twothe third-of-a-billion-dollar museum theft and Whitey Bulger, whose activities included FBI complicity and spawned a local literary cottage industry best represented by Black Massin Among Thieves (Grand Central Publishing), a fast-paced and convincing crime story (with an IRA subplot thrown in).
Devin Malley, a marginally successful thief and occasional South Boston crime-gang foot soldier, is busted stealing high-end lingerie from a Newbury Street boutique. He begs his lawyer Finn (who grew up on Southie’s mean boulevards) to 1) spring him quickly so he might investigate who set him up, and 2) take care of his newly discovered teenaged daughter (abandoned on his doorstep by her crackhead mother). Finn’s partners, Lizza, a hardnosed paralegal, and Kowzlowski, an ex-Boston cop turned P.I., are wary of Finn’s involvement. Winter Hill gang functionaries start turning up horrifically murdered, which brings in doesn’t-play-well-with-others Latina Homicide detective Elorea Sanchez and her new partner Paul Stone. There is, of course, the FBI, still suffering from the scandalous illegalities of convicted former agent John Connally, and a stone-cold IRA killer.
As they say, it’s a page turner that gives a reasonable feel for life in (even avoiding this overused appellation) Beantown without trying too hard. If you like this novel, Richard Marinick’s Boyos is a standout fiction, also set in the criminal crucible of Southie.