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Phyllis Karas

Biographer, Professor of Journalism

Phyllis Karas is the co-author of “The Onassis Women: An Eyewitness Account,” (Putnam, 1998), which she wrote with Aristotle Onassis’ private secretary, Kiki Feroudi Moutsatsos. Her published works also include “A Life Worth Living” (St. Martin’s Press, 1980), and the young adult novels, “The Hate Crime” (Avon, 1996), “Cry Baby” (Avon, 1997), “For Lucky’s Sake” (Avon, 1998), and “Spellbound” (Avon, 1999). She has co-authored two books dealing with Whitey Bulger and the South Boston Irish Mob: “Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob” (Steerforth Press, 2003) and “Brutal: The Untold Story of my Life Inside Whitey Bulger’s Irish Mob” (HarperCollins, 2006), which was on the NYT Best Seller List. “An Actor and a Gentleman” (John Wiley & Sons) is her ninth book. She is a stringer for People magazine and an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Journalism.