Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal

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PublicAffairs, 2000 - True Crime - 381 pages
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Two boys -- John Connolly, and James "Whitey" Bulger -- grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened between them -- a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in the process -- would spiral out of control, leading to murders, and drug dealing, and racketeering indictments. And, ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.

Told in compelling narrative style by the Boston Globe reporters who covered the case from the beginning, Black Mass is a riveting epic crime story that is also a book about Boston and Irish America; about the pull of place; and about the ties between people -- ties that bind, and ties that blind.

  

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Contents

one 1975
3
tWO SOUTH BOSTON
17
three HARD BALL
33
Six GANG OF TWO?
75
seven BETRAYAL
98
eight PRINCE STREET HITMAN
109
thirteen BLACK MASS
193
fourteen SHADES OF WHITEY
205
seventeen FRED WYSHAK
249
Epilogue
317
Sources
327
Acknowledgments
366
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As a reporter for nearly two decades for the "Boston Glo

As a reporter for nearly two decades for the "Boston Glo

As a reporter for nearly two decades for the "Boston Globe", Dick Lehr won numerous journalism awards and was a finabe", Dick Lehr won numerous journalism awards and was a finabe", Dick Lehr won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of journalism at Bolist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of journalism at Bolist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of journalism at Boston University, he is coauthor of the Edgar Award-winning "ston University, he is coauthor of the Edgar Award-winning "ston University, he is coauthor of the Edgar Award-winning "Black Mass", the Edgar Award finalist "Judgment Ridge", and Black Mass", the Edgar Award finalist "Judgment Ridge", and Black Mass", the Edgar Award finalist "Judgment Ridge", and "The Underboss". He lives near Boston with his wife and four"The Underboss". He lives near Boston with his wife and four"The Underboss". He lives near Boston with his wife and four children. children. children.

O'Neill is the editor of the Boston Globe's Spotlight Team, one of the nation's top investigative reporting units. He started at the Globe in 1966, and has won a Pulitzer Prize, the Hancock award, the Loeb award, and many others.

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