Friday, 21 June 2013

A comma-phile reads a great book (“Whitey Bulger America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice”)

I did a very old fashioned thing last Sunday and bought a book.  It is “Whitey Bulger   America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice”. (W.B. Norton and Company Inc, 2013). 

The authors are Boston Globe Journalists Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.

They relate a ghastly tale of horrendous crime and murder, F.B.I. malfeasance and complicity, and the legal weaselling of the Justice Department which prevented most of the victim’s survivors to be compensated.

Cullen and Murphy’s research in their preparation to write the book is comprehensive and telling.  They provide extensive and commendable footnotes to identify their sources. This means that the book lives up to the highest standards of journalistic integrity.


I recommend the book without reserve. 

And as a comma-phile  I rejoice in their extensive use of this bit of punctuation, It makes the text so very readable and intelligible.

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