“The Devil to Pay is as raw, and deep, as it gets. If one believes the past, one should also acknowledge the present. If you’ve got the courage, salvation can be a real thing.” —Tom Lange, retired LAPD officer and co–lead detective in the OJ Simpson murder case
- The Devil to Pay
Release Date: 3/26/24
Formats: Retail CD Audiobook, MP3 CD, Digital Audiobook, Hardcover, eBook
Goodfellas meets the Irish Mob in The Devil to Pay, the incredible true story of one man‘s unconventional upbringing in the criminal gangs of Boston and his eventual road to redemption.
Growing up in South Boston, Sean Scott Hicks was running jobs for the Irish Mob before his voice changed. Mistreated by his drug-addled mother, Hicks found sanctuary with his adoptive family of felonious uncles—known to law enforcement officials as the Winter Hill Gang. These crooks knew where all the bodies were buried—because they’d done the burying—but they also looked out for young Sean. Even the notorious gangster known worldwide as Whitey Bulger was simply “Uncle Jim” to him.
After such an upbringing, a life of crime was a given. In this unprecedented memoir, Hicks talks about everything from his experience running illegal goods up and down the coast of Massachusetts to his theory about what really happened the night three hundred million dollars’ worth of art went missing from Boston’s Isabella Gardner Museum. Terms like money laundering and assault insufficiently describe his daily tasks, a brash existence that alternated with stints behind bars. This knuckles-close look at mobster life chronicles the greed and avarice, tenderness and brutality, and the reckoning all gangsters must eventually face.
Hicks tells a story of blood and vengeance but also—surprisingly—of hope. The Devil to Pay: A Mobster’s Road to Perdition is an extraordinary memoir that illuminates the reality of what it’s really like in the dark, dangerous, and insidious places of the world, and what it takes to bring a person there and back again.