Synopses & Reviews
Now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp
A New York Times Bestseller
A Boston Globe Bestseller
An ABA Indie Bestseller
James and#147;Whiteyand#8221; 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 Bostonand#8217;s Italian mafia. But no one offered Boston protection from Whitey Bulger, who, in a blizzard of gangland killings, took over the cityand#8217;s drug trade. Whiteyand#8217;s deal with Connollyand#8217;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.
should prompt a reevaluation of the uses and misuses of informers by law enforcement officials throughout the country.and#8221; and#151;New York Times Book Review
and#147;[Shows] how fragile FBI integrity can be when the good guys lose sight of [the] truth, the rules, and the law.and#8221; and#151;Washington Post Book World
and#147;[A] jaw-dropping, true-life tale of how two thugs corrupted the FBI.and#8221; and#151;Baltimore Sun
and#147;Bone-chilling . . . one of the best nonfiction reads of the year . . . a powerhouse of a book. Dick Lehr and Gerard Oand#8217;Neill . . . write like veteran novelists, weaving scene after jaw-dropping scene into a tapestry of sickening American corruption.and#8221; and#151;New York Post
A new edition of the riveting New York Times and Boston Globe bestseller, updated with a new chapter on the capture of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger
John Connolly and James andldquo;Whiteyandrdquo; Bulger grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston. Decades later in the mid-1970s, they met again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBIandrsquo;s Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. Connolly had an idea, a scheme that might bring Bugler into the FBI fold and John Connolly into the Bureauandrsquo;s big leagues. But Bulger had other plans. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, Black Mass is the chilling true story of what happened between themandmdash;a dark deal that spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder.
About the Author
Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill are former reporters with the Boston Globe, and co-authors of Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss. O'Neill has won the Pulitzer, Hancock and Loeb Prizes. Lehr, a Pulitzer finalist, has also won the Hancock and Loeb awards. He currently is a professor of journalism at Boston University, where he is a codirector of an investigative reporting clinic. He is most recently the author of Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War (November 2014).