The 1960s-80s were historic times for Boston, Massachusetts, particularly in the section known as “Southie”. Thomas Cirignano experienced it all! He expresses his story in a style that makes you feel as though you are right there by his side.
Growing up in Dorchester presented real challenges, but once Tom Cirignano took over his father’s auto repair shop in South Boston, his life became intense. Mob-enforcers, drug dealers and killers became his friends and regular customers. Tom experienced Southie’s era of extreme violence and crime first hand.
He managed to not just co-exist, but to thrive in that environment. At the shop, Whitey Bulger threatened Tom with a gun. A neighbor was gunned-down at the gas pumps. After confronting another would-be killer, that man later returned and shot Tom’s friend eleven times with a 9 Mil. At a house down the street from the shop, Whitey was killing people and burying them in the cellar.
A friendly drug dealer often tossed samples from his car window while driving past the gas pumps. Life was never dull, and Tom got himself into near-fatal situations far too often. How did Tom survive his gunpoint encounter with Whitey Bulger? Find the answer within this inspiring memoir that is tempered by amazing humor.
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Contributor: Thomas M. Cirignano
Company: The Constant Outsider