T.J. English is the author of the Irish Mob Trilogy. The three non-fiction books that comprise the trilogy are The Westies, Paddy Whacked and Where the Bodies Were Buried. These books explore the full history of Irish American entanglement in organized crime from the time of the Irish Potato Famine to the stories of the Westies in New York City and Whitely Bulger in Boston.
Believed to be an authority on the past and present history of America’s criminal underworld, T.J. has published nine books. Four have been New York Times best-sellers, and four have been nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of Best Fact Crime. His books are known for the thoroughness of the research and intimacy of detail, with many first-hand accounts from the point-of-view of underworld sources interviewed by the author. As a journalist, T.J. has explored criminal underworlds involving many different cultures and ethnicities. In 2010, after investigating and writing about the Narco War in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, English formulated the Irish Mexican Alliance, an initiative designed to raise money for a legal fund in support of Mexican journalists whose work covering the Narco War had caused them to flee Mexico seeking asylum in the U.S. The Irish Mexican Alliance held events in NYC and El Paso, Texas that showcased Irish and Mexican musicians, poets, dancers, and writers in solidarity with the Committee to Protect Journalists. The initiative is ongoing.
Raised in a large Irish Catholic family of ten siblings, English, at the age of 21, moved to NYC, where he drove a taxi at night while working as a freelance journalist during the day. Today, having lived in NYC his entire adult life, English is a fixture in the city, especially his home neighborhood of Greenwich Village, where he curates and hosts a popular Latin Jazz concert series known as Dangerous Rhythms.