Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob

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Harper Collins, May 22, 2001 - Political Science - 389 pages
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John Connoly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the mid 1970's, 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 next -- a dirty deal to being down the Italian mob in exchange for protection for Bulger -- would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, the biggest informant scandal in the history of the FBI.

Compellingly told by two Boston Globe reporters who were on the case from the beginning, Black Mass is at once a riveting crime story, a cautionary tale about the abuse of power, and a penetrating look at Boston and its Irish population.

  

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Review: Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob

User Review  - Sabot - Goodreads

I did not care for the sensationalist style of writing which was used in this book. Though it purports to be a work of journalism, phrases such as the following are not uncommon: "Stephen's little ... Read full review

Review: Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob

User Review  - Bridget - Goodreads

This was entertaining but at the end of the day I find stories like The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor more interesting than Whitey Bulger ... Read full review

Contents

one 1975
3
tWO SOUTH BOSTON
17
three hard ball
33
Six GANG OF TWO?
75
seven betrayal
98
thirteen black mass
193
fourteen shades of whitey
205
seventeen fred wyshak
249
Epilogue
317
Sources
333
Acknowledgments
373
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As a reporter for nearly two decades for the Boston Globe, Dick Lehr won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of journalism at Boston University, he is coauthor of the Edgar Award-winning Black Mass, the Edgar Award finalist Judgment Ridge, and The Underboss. He lives near Boston with his wife and four children.

Gerard 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. He is the co-author of The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family and Black Mass. Black Mass won the MWA's 2000 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.

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