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Before Whitey Bulger, There Was Tony Costa

BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Last Longshoreman tells the story of Tony Costa, a life-long criminal who grew up in 1940s East Boston running illicit errands for his mob-connected uncle. Beginning work as a longshoreman on the Boston waterfront at just eighteen, Tony befriends Butchie Shea, a stone-cold killer from "Southie." Together they embark on a crime spree that chills Boston to its core and culminates in the largest waterfront heist in U.S. history.

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Through it all, Tony valiantly tries to get on a more righteous path. But his rough and tumble upbringing and Mafioso-entrenched environment makes this dream all but impossible. 

Along with Tony's struggles, the book details the crime and corruption that ruled Boston's docks in the pre-Whitey Bulger days. Bribes, kickbacks and wholesale theft were common, as were mayhem and murder. Not since the Marlon Brando classic "On The Waterfront" has there been such a detailed account of life – and death – inside one of the most powerful unions in the country.

"It's called The Last Longshoreman, but Zappulla's story is the first of its kind…" – Mack Maloney, The Pirate Hunters.   

The Last Longshoreman is available on Barnesandnoble.comAmazonAmazon Kindle and more.

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