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From South Boston to the North End, Chinatown, Downtown, and Charlestown; Somerville, Brookline and beyond . . . come and see where mobsters lived, worked, ate, played, and died.

Lyons Press  2017

Boston Organized Crime features historic crime scene photographs and rare mug shots, many of which have never been published before. 

ISBN: 9780738576732

Arcadia Publishing   2012

Press reviews of Boston Organized Crime

“...it's a really fun book.... I recommend it highly."
                                                                               -- Howie Carr  

“Boston Organized Crime showcases vivid and hard-to-find shots fit to hurtle readers back in time.”

“... a must-have for history buffs, organized crime historians and anyone interested in law enforcement and underworld figures and events that helped shape Greater Boston as it is today.”


Boston has had its share of bookies and loan sharks, gangsters and wiseguys, hoodlums and hit men. From the Great Brink’s Robbery, which was hailed as the crime of the century; to the long-forgotten Cotton Club in Roxbury, where the legendary nightlife kingpin Charlie “King” Solomon was gunned down; to the infamous Blackfriars Massacre, a brutal gangland slaying that left five men dead, slumped over a backgammon game in a cramped basement office—all of these dark moments in time are a part of Boston’s history that is rarely spoken about.

Boston Organized Crime  explores the region’s shadier side and takes a closer look at the mobsters and racketeers who once operated in the Greater Boston area. Drawing upon an eclectic collection of crime scene photographs, mug shots, and police documents, author Emily Sweeney takes readers on an eye-opening journey through Boston’s underworld, from the bootlegging days of Prohibition to the bloody gangland wars of the 1960s.

Boston Organized Crime is an illustrated history of organized crime in The Hub. It features over 100 pages of rare crime scene photographs and mug shots, many of which have never been published before. 


Emily Sweeney is an award-winning journalist who researched and wrote “Greatest Hits: A Mob Tour of Boston” for the Boston Globe. Sweeney is also featured as a guest commentator in "Stranger Than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed," a documentary film about organized crime in South Boston. Sweeney is from Dorchester, Mass. and her knowledge of the city and its history runs deep.  She has been a staff writer at the Boston Globe since 2001.