Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil's Deal

Author(s): Dick Lehr

True Crime

One FBI Agent. One Boston Gangster. One Deal. The greatest and bloodiest story of corruption ever told. James 'Whitey' Bulger and John Connolly grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston. Decades later in the mid-1970s, they met again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. Connolly had an idea, a scheme that might bring Bulger into the FBI fold and John Connolly into the Bureau's big leagues. But Bulger had other plans. Black Mass is the chilling true story of what happened between them - a dark deal that spiralled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering and murder. From the award-winning journalistic pair Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill comes a true-crime classic which takes the reader deep undercover, exposing one of the worst scandals in FBI history.

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* Black Mass succeeds admirably in showing just how fragile FBI integrity can be when the good guys lose sight of the truth, the rules, and the law WASHINGTON POST * A jaw-dropping, true-life tale of how two thugs corrupted the FBI BALTIMORE SUN * Black Mass should prompt a reevaluation of the uses and misuses of informers by law-enforcement officials throughout the country NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW * A triumph of investigative reporting, this full-bodied true-crime saga by two Boston Globe reporters is a cautionary tale about FBI corruption and the abuse of power PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * An eye-opening true-crimer KIRKUS REVIEWS * What a marvellous read Black Mass is -- DOMINICK DUNNE * [Lehr and O'Neill] vividly capture the turbulent culture and conflicting loyalties of the Boston underworld LIBRARY JOURNAL * More than an expose on the abuses of power, Black Mass tells of the shameful betrayal of all things decent by two of our own native sons who climbed the ranks of both the underworld and the FBI. The good qualities of loyalty and pride that we were raised on in Southie, were manipulated and perverted for their own gains as they promoted a culture of drugs, denial, and death on our streets. Lehr and O'Neill give us all the details with a journalistic precision that does not sacrifice the power of the story. After reading Black Mass, you might wonder if any of us really knows who are the good guys and who are the bad guys -- MICHAEL PATRICK MACDONALD, author of ALL SOULS: A FAMILY STORY FROM SOUTHIE

Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill are former reporters with the Boston Globe, and co-authors of Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss. O'Neill has won the Pulitzer, Hancock and Loeb Prizes. Lehr, a Pulitzer finalist, has also won the Hancock and Loeb awards. He currently is a professor of journalism at Boston University, where he is a co-director of an investigative reporting clinic.

General Fields

  • : 9781782116233
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : 0.487
  • : February 2015
  • : 214mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Dick Lehr
  • : Paperback
  • : Main ed
  • : 364.10660974461
  • : 448
  • : 8pp b&w inset