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

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Two boys - John Connolly and James "Whitley" Bulger - grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the mid-1970s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitley had become godfather of the Irish mob. Connolly had an idea, a scheme that might bring Bulger into the FBI fold and John Connolly into the Bureau's big leagues. But Bulger had other plans. "Black Mass" is the story of what happened beween them - a dark deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in exchange for "immunity" - that spiralled out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing and racketeering indictments. Ultimately, in what would become the biggest internal scandal in the history of the FBI, Bulger would find himself at the top of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Told in gripping 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 Irish America, about the pull of place, and about the ties that bind.

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"A jaw-dropping, true-life tale of how two thugs corrupted the FBI." -- Baltimore Sun

"Black Mass should prompt a reevaluation of the uses and misuses of informers by law-enforcement officials throughout the country." -- Alan Dershowitz, New York Times Book Review

"Black Mass succeeds admirably in showing just how fragile FBI integrity can be when the good guys lose sight of the truth, the rules, and the law." -- Washington Post Book World

About the Author:

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, been a Pulitzer finalist, won the Hancock Award, the Loeb Award, and many others. Dick Lehr joined the Boston Globe in 1985. Lehr has also been a Pulitzer Finalist, and he too has won the Hancock and Loeb awards, among others. O'Neill and Lehr are the authors of The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family.

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