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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,517 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Lehr, Gerard O’Neill Narrator: John Rubinstein, Christopher Evan Welch Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Connolly and James “Whitey” 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 FBI’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 Connolly into the bureau’s big leagues. But Bulger had other plans.

Compellingly told by two former Boston Globe reporters who were on the case from the beginning, Black Mass is the chilling true story of what happened between them—a dark deal that spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Troy | 2/15/2014

    " This was interesting, but the narrative was awful. The reporter thinks he's writing some kind of crime noir I think. It's full of hackneyed cliches. The chronology and details are good however. Quite an unbelieveable real-life story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zachary | 2/15/2014

    " I liked that it was very informative, it was something different because it was dealing with the Irish mob. For not being able to finish the full story because as of then he was not caught, I thought it was very good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jake | 1/29/2014

    " The book that started my interest in organized crime. Brilliantly written and researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt Kabala | 1/27/2014

    " The quintessential mafia tale. If you like "The Departed," you'll love this book. "

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About the Author

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 the author of The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston’s Racial Divide, which was an Edgar Award finalist and a Boston Globe bestseller. He is the coauthor of several other books, including the national bestseller and Edgar Award-winning Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal.