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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.

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"[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 "Journalist and true-crime author Sherman (A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler) profiles mafia hit man turned FBI informant Joe "the Animal" Barboza in this fascinating biography. Barboza's life of crime began as innocently as such a life can--as a young teen in New Bedford, Mass., he wound up behind bars for petty theft. He then tried his hand at bookmaking and quickly graduated to murder for hire, earning along the way a reputation for savagery--he once bit off part of a man's cheek during a gang fight. Tied to Barboza's story is the rise and fall of Providence, R.I.-based mob boss Raymond Patriarca and his second in command, Henry Tameleo. The latter employed Barboza as an assassin, but Patriarca eventually decided Barboza was too dangerous and it was time for the Animal to be put down. That betrayal set off a profusion of deceptions and dangerous grudges which Sherman describes. The author also 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."--Publisher's Weekly "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 Publishers Weekly" Boston Globe" San Francisco Examiner" Cape Cod Times" "[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" "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" "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" 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" [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"

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