About the book tour

WRKO's Howie Carr is back with a brand new book and he's hitting the road on a tour around New England. Carr, the author of two New York Times best-sellers (The Brothers Bulger and Hitman), has penned a story entitled Rifleman: The Untold Story of Stephen Flemmi, Whitey Bulger's Partner. Over the coming months, Howie will be at different locations for special book signings and you'll be able to find the dates and locations for it all right on this page!

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Howie on the road

Come see The Howie Carr Show, who will be broadcasting live from La Verdad, 1 Lansdowne Street in Boston on May 2nd. The show starts at 3pm and goes until 7 p.m.

How to win your copy of the book

  • From April 22 through May 2, listen to The Kuhner Report and The Howie Carr Show, be the correct caller when you're told to call.
  • Like WRKO on Facebook. We'll be posting contests for Howie's book throughout the week.
  • Become a WRKO Talk Insider. Howie's new book will be available to WRKO Talk Insiders, use your points to enter to win.

About the book

RiflemanStevie "the Rifleman" Flemmi was for 40 years one of the most feared gangsters in Boston, and for much of that time, he was the partner of Whitey Bulger, the 16-year fugitive with a $2 million reward on his head who was captured in 2011. Flemmi has been convicted of 10 murders and took the Fifth Amendment when asked about 10 others. His cohort, Bulger, is charged with 19 more. Their hitman, John Martorano, was convicted of 20 others. Rifleman is the story of Flemmi's life of crime, as told to federal and state law enforcement after he pleaded guilty in 2003. The original document that the book is based on is called a DEA 6, and it ran 146 singlespaced pages, covering dozens of extortions, assaults and murders, including two of his girlfriends, one of whom was also his common law stepdaughter.

The book spans the years from the days of dime bets and fedora-wearing gangsters to the modern world of highflying drug smugglers, who promised Flemmi and Bulger a million dollars each in "protection money" for every boatload of drugs they could bring into Boston Harbor. Along with Flemmi's statements, the text includes Carr's notations whenever Flemmi appears to be stretching the truth, which is often. Supplementing the text are close to 300 photographs from Carr's own collection, a treasure trove of mugshots and noir-style pictures of slain gunmen, hoods being taken into court under guard, as well as never-before-seen wanted posters and FBI documents. This is truly a must-have for any True Crime fan, a combination police procedural and a coffee table book of unforgettable photographs. Flemmi, now 78, is serving a life sentence at a penitentiary the Bureau of Prisons declines to identify. He is expected to be a major witness in the federal trial of Whitey Bulger, which is scheduled to begin in Boston June 6.

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