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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: August 2000 ISBN: 9781470336974
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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 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 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 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 Matt Kabala | 1/27/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Mandeville | 1/24/2014

    " awful. just a former newspaper reporter bragging his brains out in a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/19/2014

    " Fantastic. These two are outstanding journalists that capture the events and time frame exceptionally well. Cannot wait to read their new book about James "Whitey" Bulger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/11/2014

    " this was pretty well done for a sprawling book about the Boston mob. it's hard to read at times b/c of all the different characters they have to introduce so at points it can get confusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luigib | 1/7/2014

    " Great perspective on the downfall of not monitoring snitches "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/6/2014

    " cool book. I lived in southie for a while and it was wild reading about places I knew very well. Boston has changed quite a bit since this was written, but it still provides a colorful history of some of the lesser known neighborhoods of the city. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/2/2014

    " Having watched the Boston news as all this was going down, I found the book facinating. There are parralls to the Penn State scandal in that loyalty and family clouded judgement. I was amazed at all the people involved in this. It makes you wonder if you can trust anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 1/1/2014

    " God love journalism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan | 12/23/2013

    " This definately falls under the "you can't make this stuff up" category. This story of Whitey Bulger and the FBI as told by two Golbe reporters is gripping and very disturbing. The final chapters are actually being written in a courtroom now. I would rate it higher, but damn it's depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 12/13/2013

    " Living in New England, I remember when this story broke. I was still in school at the time, and didn't pay much attention to the details. This book brought it all back. I kept forgetting I was reading a true story, not a fantastic crime novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Norville | 12/8/2013

    " Great book. The actual first-hand account from the journalists that broke the story on Whitey Bulger. Great addition to The Brothers Bulger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael "Mick Dawg" Joseph | 12/2/2013

    " Great book with TONS of tidbits about the FBI and Whitey Bulger. Easy read despite the amount of information contained within the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 11/24/2013

    " Interesting read since it is a true story that takes place locally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walt | 9/6/2013

    " There are many books out there covering the corrupt alliance between the Irish Mob and the Boston FBI. However, this one is probably the best researched and the most accurate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Stover | 9/5/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and could not put it down. It is shocking to see how much power Whitey Bulger had in this area "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 8/30/2013

    " If you live in the North End... a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 7/28/2013

    " Excellent in-depth reporting of Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi. A horrifying expose of the FBI and how Bulger manipulated them, not the other way around. Bulger is described as vicious and amoral. Anyone that wants the background to go with the recent arrest of Bulger should read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/8/2013

    " Boston girl love everything about whitey "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 6/19/2013

    " Interesting, but I couldn't keep all the people straight, even with the Cast of Characters provided at the start of the book. Also, this was published over 10 years ago, so a few more developments in this case have occurred in the meantime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Quinn | 5/16/2013

    " Absorbing and fast paced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gene | 3/28/2013

    " Really proud to have worked on this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corey | 3/18/2013

    " This was recommended by a friend... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Sumberg | 2/23/2013

    " I wish "The Departed" was more like this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 12/31/2012

    " Compelling story, but not particularly well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jlkaskey | 12/5/2012

    " Meh+, interesting story, sort of slow at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 12/1/2012

    " This is being made into a movie. I tried to convert it to a Screenplay in 2003. "

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About the Author

Dick Lehr is the co-author, with Gerard O’Neill, of Black Mass, a New York Times bestseller about Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger, which was made into a film starring Johnny Depp. His other books include The Birth of a Movement, which was adapted into a PBS documentary that aired on the network’s prime-time show, Independent Lens. He is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and now teaches journalism at Boston University.

About the Narrator

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.