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In 1950's Boston, the Irish Republican Army is running guns and killing witnesses. Cal and Dante are committed to stopping them.When a body is discovered at the Charlestown locks--tarred, feathered and shot to death--it appears to be a gangland killing, and is almost immediately dismissed. However, Cal O'Brien's cousin, Boston PD detective Owen Lackey, recognizes the murdeIn 1950's Boston, the Irish Republican Army is running guns and killing witnesses. Cal and Dante are committed to stopping them.When a body is discovered at the Charlestown locks--tarred, feathered and shot to death--it appears to be a gangland killing, and is almost immediately dismissed. However, Cal O'Brien's cousin, Boston PD detective Owen Lackey, recognizes the murder style as the typical retribution for IRA informers. Combined with a tip-off about a boat coming into Boston weighed down with stolen guns and ammunition, the body in the locks hints that much more may be at stake than a one-off hit.Serpents in the Cold introduced us to Cal and Dante, whose previous investigation brought them to the highest ranks of Boston's political elite. This time, Cal and Dante descend into the city's shadowy underbelly--a world of packed dance halls, Irish wakes, and funeral parlors. There they discover a terrorist plot that will shake the city to its core and bring them head-to-head not only with Cal's past, but with the IRA Army Council itself....

Title : We Were Kings
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ISBN : 9780316323536
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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We Were Kings Reviews

  • Skip
    2018-12-23 08:20

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but this did not influence my opinion.Imagine walking into an episode in the middle of the television series Sons of Anarchy not knowing any of the main characters. Lots of seemingly senseless violence with no ability to appreciate why. While we learned a little about the backgrounds of the main characters, there was little explanation of how they related to each other. Also, the resolution of main mystery (view spoiler)[of how missing guns were going to be shipped back to the IRA(hide spoiler)]was too obvious. I liked Cal and how protective he was of little Maria, and his sister. Maybe 2.5 stars.

  • Giovonnia
    2018-12-22 09:19

    This book was great! I loved the language, the grit, realism. This would be like if Law & Order was shot in Boston in the 1950's. I picked this book up at the library just being remotely interested in it. Now I am attached to the detectives! I highly recommend this book for someone looking for a great historical mystery. The authors did their homework. I feel they grew up in Boston or had family that did. A gripping read! Fished the rest in one night!

  • Martina
    2019-01-05 15:29

    This book isn't the usual genre that I choose to read but I gave this a go to broaden my perspective a little and take a break from my typical horror read. The first thing I instantly liked about the book was the depth of character development. While this may feel like a slow burn I certainly felt like it gave me a chance to connect with the characters which is what I need to keep me interested in a book all the way to the end. While the book was well written in an easy to read, easy to follow way, the one distraction I found was where there were phrases in Irish. In some cases, the meaning wasn't especially evident and I found myself wandering off to google to find out the translation. I have some limited Irish language in my head from school but not enough to help me out here. That said, it's a small negative. The story itself is thrilling and engaging in parts and while it isn't the best book I've ever read on the shadowy underground of 1950's Irish-American IRA enclaves it had enough tension to keep me wanting to read on. It's a good read if you want to try something new.

  • Marg Corjay
    2019-01-05 15:26

    Graphically violent story of Boston in the sixties.

  • Sarah Sherrin
    2019-01-18 09:39

    This book was absolutely fantastic! I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and I'm very happy that I did! It was a wonderful noir thriller with imperfect people taking on the Irish and Boston and their own life and failings. I absolutely loved the characters and how nicely the story flowed and fell together. Like many descriptive authors, this books does tend to get over descriptive but not so much to where I would have ended up skimming. I highly recommend this book!

  • Tabby Shiflett
    2018-12-28 07:18

    A dark historical crime novel. It took a while for the story and characters to develop for me (I was a little lost at the beginning, so I recommend reading the first book that I did not) and the violence was not really my cup of tea, but it's a Boston/Irish Mob book. I did enjoy the historical side. For noir fans and those who like crime dramas.GoodReads FirstReads Giveaway

  • Paul
    2019-01-15 15:38

    We Were Kings is another great read from Thomas O'Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy. Having enjoyed their first book, Serpents In The Cold, I was very curious what direction they would take with this one. The first book portrayed a Boston that was so monumentally grim and frightening (as well as fascinating), I was somewhat relieved to find this one eased up a little bit and even threw in some occasional humor, like the loudmouth drunk at Fenway Park in chapter 19 (VERY funny!) But make no mistake, this novel still has plenty of brutal murders and mayhem and ugly, twisted characters. And as with the first book, what I liked the most in We Were Kings were the very credible descriptions and use of the Boston setting. The authors obviously know the city well and have imagined life there in the 1950's quite accurately, from what I could tell. As a former long-time resident of the city myself, I felt at times as if I was back walking the streets myself, this time with Dante and Cal in the earlier decade of the 50's. For example, when Dante took little Maria and walked from the North End over to a diner on the other side of Boston Garden to look for Claudia, the details of the streets and it's people seemed very much like the city I knew, despite some changes made since then. Chapter 10 includes a wonderfully sad description of the cheap boardinghouse Cal is living in in the Fort Point Channel, and of the resignation and despair of the other residents, which include junkies, drunks and all manner of low-level criminals. The South Boston Aquarium was also a fascinatingly bleak place in it's final days, from the description provided.I think most readers will find the tale of Boston's grim underworld in We Were Kings to be well worth their time.Finally, just one piece of advice for Dante-next time Claudia or anyone else you know arrive at your doorstep seriously hurt from an assault, take them to get them medical help BEFORE you take off to seek revenge on the perpetrator!

  • Joan Mitchell
    2019-01-03 10:41

    This is a dark book about Irish American mobs after WWII. Men who are still involved with IRA, men who are trying to be Americans and men who love their families and are both bad and good. Three friends,one cop, one a has been cop and their friend are trying to find out who tarred and feathered one of their own and where the missing guns that started it all have gone. These men have strong loyalties to each other and their circle of friends but want to stop the killings in their Irish American community. I recommend this book to readers who like mob warfare, friends sticking together and the underside of life. I received this book from Goodreads for free.

  • Paula Ackley
    2018-12-29 14:33

    We Were Kings is well written with a very descriptive account of Boston and it's criminal element in the 1950's. I found it to have too many characters and it was hard for me to keep track of them especially in the beginning. They were all important to the story and they all fit into it but I still found myself flipping back pages to find out who the character was and how he/she fit into the storyline. Things would probably have been easier if I had read more of the book in each sitting but for some reason I just couldn't read more than a few chapters at a time.

  • Erin
    2019-01-06 07:30

    *note - the author provided me with a copy for review*i liked this book quite a bit more than its predecessor, serpents in the cold. this time we are in sweltering miserable boston as opposed to freezing to death boston. boston: it's basically never nice here! this is a true thing.the prose is better, the city a bigger and better presence in the plot, but my complaint about the female characters still stands. dante, you are a douche of massive proportions. the final battle scene in the huge summer rainstorm is pretty amazingprops for setting up a third book

  • Samuel Peterson
    2019-01-02 10:44

    Drenched in sweat and blood, We Were Kings is a really solid sophomore effort from O'Malley & Purdy. The introduction of Bobby Myles is one of the most beautiful and gut-wrenching chapters I've ever read, and it sets a gritty tone for the unapologetically cruel ride to come.Excellent work, lads! Hope to see more from you soon.

  • Dave
    2019-01-10 13:25

    Vengeance, IRA plots, and flawed characters in '50's Boston. I liked it a lot, but also found it difficult to understand the characters without having read the 1st book. Once beyond that I found the characters, plotting and mood very reminiscent of the early hard-boiled Pelecanos books set in Washington DC.

  • Elina
    2018-12-22 08:41

    Maybe I would have liked this more if I had read the first in the series but 50 pages in I was still not into it and forcing myself so I gave up. I was really excited about the Boston setting but it was not enough to keep me interested in the characters.

  • Dianne Hurley
    2019-01-07 12:28

    The novel takes place in Boston in the 1950's. It involved Irish IRA and mob deals, primarily gun running. Lots of violence and murder, including a main character 2/3 into the book. I enjoyed the read.

  • Patricia Kaniasty
    2018-12-27 12:31

    There was just too much in this story that I could not follow.

  • Susan
    2018-12-30 08:25

    I won this book through Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. Love it. So exciting and action packed.

  • Suzi
    2019-01-16 11:46

    a finely written book but a bit too graphic for me

  • Connie
    2018-12-30 09:17

    FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.

  • Stefanie Hanlon
    2019-01-20 14:36

    5 star for sure. Fantastic writing and so enjoyed the well written Cal and Owen sequel. Well done!