The Fence by Dick Lehr
A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide

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“A monumental account of an urban travesty….[It] has all the earmarks of a classic.”
—Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and Shutter Island


Dick Lehr’s The Fence, subtitled, “A Police Cover-up Along Boston’s Racial Divide,” is a shocking true story of racism, brutality, official lies and negligence, when the truth about the savage beating of black plainclothes policeman by white officers was hidden behind a “blue wall of silence.”  Respected journalist Lehr, winner of the Hancock Award, the Loeb Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and bestselling author of Black Mass and Judgment Ridge, sheds a brilliant light on all aspects of this powerful, disturbing event and its aftermath.


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 June 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 418 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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As Lehr notes, “plainclothes” isn’t exactly right, for “it was unrealistic to think street-smart gang members would not spot them or their unmarked car.” The gangbangers did better than certain of Cox’s fellow officers in the Boston PD, who beat him senseless, apparently confusing him for a suspect.

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Mired in the racial conflicts of a divided city, Lehr, coauthor of the bestselling Black Mass , details one of the most controversial cases in the annals of the Boston Police Department, involving a brutal assault on a black plainclothes officer by his fellow cops and the resulting 1998 civil rig...

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“The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide” is authored by Dick Lehr “who was a reporter for the Boston Globe for nearly two decades, where he won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.” Therefore, it is not surprising that this true crime book ...

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