Black Mass

Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal

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By Dick Lehr

By Gerard O’Neill

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When the FBI turned an Irish mobster into an informant, they corrupted the entire judicial system and sanctioned the worst crime spree Boston has ever seen. This is the true story behind the major motion picture.

James “Whitey” Bulger became one of the most ruthless gangsters in US history, and all because of an unholy deal he made with a childhood friend. John Connolly a rising star in the Boston FBI office, offered Bulger protection in return for helping the Feds eliminate Boston’s Italian mafia. But no one offered Boston protection from Whitey Bulger, who, in a blizzard of gangland killings, took over the city’s drug trade. Whitey’s deal with Connolly’s FBI spiraled out of control to become the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.

Black Mass is a New York Times and Boston Globe bestseller, written by two former reporters who were on the case from the beginning. It is an epic story of violence, double-cross, and corruption at the center of which are the black hearts of two old friends whose lives unfolded in the darkness of permanent midnight.
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  • "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
  • "[Shows] how fragile FBI integrity can be when the good guys lose sight of [the] truth, the rules, and the law."
    Washington Post Book World
  • "[A] jaw-dropping, true-life tale of how two thugs corrupted the FBI."

    Baltimore Sun
  • "Bone-chilling . . . one of the best nonfiction reads of the year . . . a powerhouse of a book. Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill . . . write like veteran novelists, weaving scene after jaw-dropping scene into a tapestry of sickening American corruption."
    New York Post

On Sale
May 22, 2012
Page Count
448 pages
Publisher
PublicAffairs
ISBN-13
9781610391689

Dick Lehr

About the Author

Dick Lehr, a professor of journalism at Boston University, has won numerous national and regional journalism awards. He is a former investigative reporter, legal affairs, and magazine writer for the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting. He is the author of The Fence: A Police Cover-up along Boston’s Racial Divide, an Edgar Award finalist for best nonfiction, and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal, and its sequel, Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss. He lives outside Boston with his wife and four children.

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