|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
John Connolly, a rising FBI agent and fellow "Southie," had known the Bulgers since boyhood when Whitey rescued him from a playground fight. After investigating organized crime in New York, Connolly was reassigned to the bureau's Boston office in 1975, and was determined to make a name for himself by relying on his old connections. He succeeded in a big way by lining up Whitey as an FBI informant in an effort to bring down the Italian Mafia--a major coup for both the FBI and Connolly. In exchange, Bulger received protection. Though heavily involved in extortion, intimidation, assassination, and drug trafficking, Connolly's "good bad guy" did not receive so much as a traffic infraction for over 20 years. In time, however, the deal changed, and information began flowing the other direction, with Bulger manipulating Connolly and a small group of corrupt FBI agents to further his nefarious network. The criminals and the lawmen eventually became virtually indistinguishable.
Black Mass expertly details the twists and turns of this complex story, painting a vivid portrait of Boston's underbelly and its inclusive political machine, as well as exposing one of the worst scandals in FBI history. It's also an examination of loyalty--to family, home, and heritage--and "a cautionary tale about the abuse of power that goes unchecked." As a final favor, Connolly tipped off Bulger that he was to be indicted on racketeering charges in 1995, allowing him time to go on the lam (he's reported to have access to secret bank accounts across the country). He was added to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted List" in 1999. --Sharon M. Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A classic about Boston, the irish and the underworld. I will read it again at some point. I enjoy the detailsPublished 17 hours ago by Kevin Doyle
This book is the perfect read for someone looking for a highly intense factual account of a mob boss and his relationship with the F.B.I. Read morePublished 3 days ago by jonathan Whynock
This book is falsely advertised, which is my biggest beef with this. The descriptors make the purchaser think you are getting just a retelling of the story in a great narrative... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Specialkayebird
They story is great. The writing is super dry. Wish they would have made it more relatable and vivid. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Meg