On the streets of the tough Dublin inner-city neighbourhood where he grew up, Gerry Hutch was perceived as an ordinary decent criminal, a quintessential Robin Hood figure who fought the law – and won. To the rest of the world he was an elusive criminal godfather called the Monk: an enigmatic criminal mastermind and the hunted leader of one side in the deadliest gangland feud in Irish criminal history.
The latest book from Ireland’s leading crime writer Paul Williams reveals the inside story of Hutch’s war with former allies the Kinahan cartel, and how the once untouchable crime boss became a fugitive on the run from the law and the mob – with a ?1 million bounty on his head.
The Monk is an enthralling account of the rise and fall of a modern-day gangster, charting the violent journey of an impoverished kid from the ghetto to the top tier of gangland – until it all went wrong.
John Gilligan is one of the most notorious and hated criminal figures in Irish history. His name is indelibly etched in the national psyche a quarter of a century after he crossed the line to organise the execution of the fearless, high-profile journalist Veronica Guerin. Gilligan’s motive for the assassination was, in the words of the prosecution at a subsequent murder trial, ‘the necessity of having to protect an evil empire’. At the time Gilligan was one of the most powerful and feared godfathers in the country who controlled a colossal drugs empire and the underworld’s most dangerous mob.
Gilligan tells the story of a young man’s rise through the ranks of gangland following his journey from petty thief to public enemy number one. He was part of the generation of young criminals – like the General, the Cahills, the Hutches – who ushered in the phenomenon of organised crime in Ireland and became household names in the process.
This close-up look at a criminal mastermind contains new details including a graphic account of the planning of the Guerin murder, drawn from a sealed statement which was never used, and the prison time and criminal activity which have occupied Gilligan since, up to his recent arrest in Spain on drug trafficking charges.
An astonishing and revelatory memoir by two women who escaped the glamorous yet deadly international drug trade.
Mia Flores and Olivia Flores live under assumed names. To their neighbours, they are typical single mothers, their days filled with school runs and PTA meetings. But Olivia and Mia are anything but ordinary. They live in fear, hiding from a past that included wealth beyond their wildest dreams but also more danger than they ever could have imagined.
Mia and Olivia are married to the highest level American drug traffickers ever to become US informants, Chicago-born twin brothers Margarito and Pedro Flores. These men worked with – and then brought down – dozens of high-level members of the Mexican cartels, most significantly notorious kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.
The brothers and their wives had everything money could buy – luxury cars, huge houses and expensive jewellery – but came to understand that the vast wealth that accompanied cartel life came with the ever-present threat of kidnapping, death or imprisonment. Choosing their families over money, they decided to give it all up and cooperate with the US government.
Now, from behind the cloak of witness protection, Olivia and Mia have come forward for the first time to tell the full story of their family’s decision to risk everything and seek redemption. Cartel Wives is a love story, an insider’s look into a terrifying but high-flying modern-day drug empire and, finally, the story of a major federal government operation to bring down one of the most feared men in the world.