CASEY SHERMAN is a Boston-based journalist and the author of A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler and Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains, among others. He is the coauthor of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard's Most Daring Rescue.
"[A] fascinating biography. . . [Sherman] details the role of crooked FBI agents in the Animal's story, compromised court cases, infighting among Irish mob groups, and myriad grisly murders. Fans of mafia history will relish this portrait of a forgotten figure from the heyday of organized crime."--Publishers Weekly
"Boston-based journalist Casey Sherman takes us deep into the origins of the FBI's infamously corrupt Top-Echelon Informant program, whose poster child remains Whitey Bulger, and shows that Bulger wasn't the first FBI informant to use his bureau connections to get away with murder: Joe Barboza would create the horrific template. . . . Animal is a compelling account of the life and death of the legendary New Bedford psychopath."--Boston Globe "The ghost of Joe "The Animal" Barboza has returned, so you might want to put your hands on your cheeks and scream. . . . Fascinating!"--San Francisco Examiner "Drawing on interviews with [Joe 'The Animal'] Barboza's family and former associates, as well as troves of government documents, Sherman describes a life that started on the rough streets of 1930s New Bedford. Sherman tells the story of Barboza, whose ambition to join the Mafia despite his Portuguese heritage led him to allegedly kill more than two dozen people. It also describes how FBI agents used him for their own, at times, extralegal, purposes."--Cape Cod Times