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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.
This is an excellent book on the Boston Irish mob figure whitey bulger.
And one of the big players from Boston James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr.In this book you will see that not even the "good guys" are always good.
The book isn't told in chronological order, rather it jumps around with different stories in an attempt to give the book some cohesiveness.
What a bunch of low life's and John Connolly was as bad as the rest. This book is well written and explains how all the corruption came about.Published 5 days ago by WayneO
Ever wanted to know all about Whitey Bulger? Well, here's the book for you! I'll never look at Boston the same again!Published 23 days ago by La Rose
This book intertwines the story of one of Boston's most notorious criminals and the FBI. The story is well written and captivating.Published 1 month ago by jayne fleck
Great read. Provides a lot of history and background in an interesting way.Published 1 month ago by Meghann Ellis