Authors of book on mob to appear at Barrington Books


Barrington Books Garden City will host authors Brendan Doherty and Joe Broadmeadow and celebrate the release of their book, It’s Just the Way It Was: Inside the War on the New England Mob and Other Stories, on Friday, Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at 176 Hillside Road in Cranston.

In It’s Just the Way It Was, Broadmeadow and Doherty take readers inside the investigations, covert surveillance and murky world of informants in the war against organized crime. Make no mistake – it was a war targeting the insidious nature of the mob and its detrimental effect on Rhode Island and throughout New England.

Indeed, the book reveals the extensive nature of organized crime throughout the United States. From the opening moments detailing a mob enforcer’s near death in a hail of gunfire to the potentially deadly confrontation between then Detective Brendan Doherty and a notorious mob associate, Gerard Ouimette, this book puts readers right there in the middle.

Most books on the mob tell a sanitized story of guys who relished their time as mobsters. As Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguys, put it, “Most mob books are the egomaniacal ravings of an illiterate hood masquerading as a benevolent godfather.”

This is not that kind of book. This is the story of the good guys. It’s just the way it was.

For additional information or to reserve a copy of the book for the event, call 432-7222 or visit


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