Black Mass by Dick Lehr
The Irish Mob, The FBI and A Devil's Deal

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An eye-opening true-crimer that recounts a cooperative arrangement...Boston Globe reporters Lehr and O’Neill can be forgiven some of their caustic bitterness in their second book about Boston’s organized crime.
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A gripping, epic true story of violence, double-cross, and brutal murders involving Irish mobsters and corrupt FBI agents in South Boston.. 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. 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. *L.A. Confidential meets Goodfellas in atmospheric Sout h Boston Throughout 2000, new indictments are expected against the FBI agents and some of the mobsters featured in this book *Soon to be a major motion picture .
 

About Dick Lehr

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DICK LEHR is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a former reporter at the Boston Globe, where he won numerous awards and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He is co-author of the Edgar-award winning Black Mass and the Edgar-award finalist Judgment Ridge (with Mitchell Zuckoff). His most recent book, The Fence, was an Edgar-award finalist and Boston Globe bestseller. GERARD O'NEILL has won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism as well as many other national journalism awards. He was the longtime editor of the Boston Globe's award-winning investigative team. He co-authored Black Mass and also, with Lehr, The Underboss, as well as Rogues and Redeemers (Crown 2012), a political history of the Boston Irish focusing on the city's most famous mayors.












Author Residence: Boston, MA












Author Hometown: Boston, MA
 
Published May 22, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 417 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

An eye-opening true-crimer that recounts a cooperative arrangement...Boston Globe reporters Lehr and O’Neill can be forgiven some of their caustic bitterness in their second book about Boston’s organized crime.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Dec 26 2016

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.

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