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Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital

Don Stradley, with a foreword by T. J. English



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“[A] gritty, true-crime narrative…with hard-edged prose and a total absence of cheap moralizing…[A] stark and gripping account.”Kirkus Reviews (full review)

“These are the true-crime stories of men in Boston in the first half of the 20th century who dreamed of being great fighters but couldn’t make it past the fringe of the sport, and in their desperation chose criminal plots, resulting in grim ends. Boston itself, morphing into something new, in part by the violent actions of these boxer criminals, is a key feature of the book, which demonstrates that the confluence of boxing, poverty, crime, and the urban landscape is not the realm of fiction alone.”Crime Reads, “The Classics of Boxing Literature” (full review)

From the pages of Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital:

“Frankie spent the final seconds of his life the way James Cagney might’ve in an old Warner Bros crime drama: he stumbled down the hallway and into the office of an attorney who had leased space in the building. A female stenographer who had been at her desk filling out Christmas cards looked on in horror; the sound of guns a moment earlier had shattered the holiday mood, and now she was confronted by the sight of Frankie in the doorway, blood gushing from his wounds. Without saying a word, he walked in and sat in a chair. Then he pitched forward, dead.”

In Slaughter in the Streets, Don Stradley masterfully unfolds the story of how Boston became “boxing’s murder capital.” From the early days of Boston’s Mafia, to the era of Whitey Bulger, Stradley tells the fascinating stories of men who were drawn to the dual shady worlds of boxing and organized crime.

Boston was once a thriving boxing city. And it was also host to an ever-expanding underworld. From the early days of Boston’s Mafia, to the era of Whitey Bulger, many of the city’s boxers found themselves drawn to the criminal life. Most of them ended up dead. Slaughter in the Streets tells the violent and often tragic story of these misguided young men who thought their toughness in the ring could protect them from the most cold-blooded killers in the country.

Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital is the third in the Hamilcar Noir series. Hamilcar Noir is “Hard-Hitting True Crime” that blends boxing and true crime, featuring riveting stories captured in high-quality prose, with cover art inspired by classic pulp novels.

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  • Publication Date: February 25, 2020 (U.S.) | March 12 2020 (U.K.)
  • Author: Don Stradley
  • Foreword: T.J. English, author of Paddy Whacked
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Availability: Worldwide
  • Imprint: Hamilcar Publications
  • Series: Hamilcar Noir, Vol. 3
  • Paperback:
    • ISBN: 978-1949590258
    • Page Count: 144
    • List Price: $10.99 | £8.99
  • Distribution: Two Rivers


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Don Stradley is the author of Berserk: The Shocking Life and Death of Edwin Valero (Hamilcar Publications), Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital (Hamilcar Publications), Schooled, a dual biography of Lebron James and Jim Morris (Scholastic), and a chapter in The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists by Bert Sugar and Teddy Atlas, and the forthcoming Fistful of Murder: The Life and Crimes of Carlos Monzon (Hamilcar Publications).

Stradley is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in publications, including The RingRingside Seat, and Along with his boxing coverage, he’s written about baseball, NASCAR, and professional wrestling. When not writing about sports, he’s written about the movies for such magazines as Cinema Retro and Noir City.

Follow Don Stradley on Twitter @DonStradley

Don Stradley discusses his book Berserk: