For one year, writer Jay Atkinson worked as a private eye for the storied firm McCain Investigations, founded by the late Joe McCain, one of the most decorated police officers in Boston history. In this colorful narrative, Atkinson describes the cases he worked that year, chasing down an assortment of felons, thieves, and con artists, as well as the ghost of a real American hero, legendary cop Joe McCain.
Big Joe was the genuine article, a detective so committed to his work that a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty took thirteen years to kill him.
In "Legends of Winter Hill "Atkinson traces Big Joe's career from the day he put on his Boston Metropolitan Police uniform in the 1950s through the heyday of his run-ins with mafiosi, bad cops, and ruthless killers, up to his death in 2001. Atkinson also follows the career of Joe McCain's son, Joe Jr., a tattooed motorcycle fanatic who took up the mantle of his father and became a cop himself.
"Legends of Winter Hill" takes you into an alluring and gritty world where heroes go unsung every day and moral boundaries aren't always black and white.
About the Author
When Ice Time was published in 2001, Publisher's Weekly called it "a bonafide masterstroke" and named Atkinson's memoir a Notable Book of the Year. n it, Atkinson returns to his old high school hockey team as a volunteer assistant coach 25 years after he played for the Methuen High varsity. And he has continued his record with Paradise Road, a recreation of Jack Kerouac's travels. IJay Atkinson is the author of the bestselling narrative nonfiction books, Legends of Winter Hill and Ice Time. He teaches writing at Salem State College.
“A page-turner. Legends of Winter Hill, which had me cringing one minute and laughing the next, broadened my street education. Read it yourself. I guarantee it will do the same for you.” —Boston Sunday Globe
“Collaring the reader from the start, Legends of Winter Hill pushes hard and fast, propelling larger-than-life characters across the page, never loosening its grip.” —Boston Herald
“A great read.” —Providence Journal
“An unflinching look at the gritty day-to-day life of one of our heroes in blue.” —Tucson Citizen
“Spicy, streetwise, and saturated with sordid stories and tales from the underworld. Told with a great eye for detail and a deep appreciation of goodness.” —Wayne Coffey, New York Times bestselling author of The Boys of Winter