Citizen Somerville

There's no doubt about it: we're fascinated by organized crime. Whether it's The Godfather, Goodfellas or The Sopranos, we can't get enough of books and dramas that claim to show us the mob from the inside, an alternative underground world with its own laws and loyalties. Citizen Somerville is the genuine article: the memoir of Bobby Martini, who grew up during the Irish Gang Wars of the 1960s. He describes what it was like to live in the crossfire of the violence that claimed 60 lives before it was over, telling the usually unheard stories of the women and children who were the families of the men in the Irish mob.  By all accounts the book is utterly gripping. As one Amazon reviewer put it, "Get this book, set yourself up in a nice chair with a good light and be prepared to stay there transfixed until you hit the last page." Join us on Saturday, March 12 at 2 pm for a talk and book signing by Bobby Martini and his co-author Elayne Keratsis (co-producer of Burn Notice) to get your own copy of Citizen Somerville, and learn how they forged painful memories into a fascinating book.

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