Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal

Black Mass Whitey Bulger the FBI and a Devil s Deal John Connolly and James Whitey Bulger grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston Decades later in the mid s they met again By then Connolly was a major figure in the FBI s Boston offi

  • Title: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal
  • Author: Dick Lehr Gerard O'Neill
  • ISBN: 9781610395533
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 John Connolly into the Bureau s big leaguJohn 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 John Connolly into the Bureau 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 them a dark deal that spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder.

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    1. Dick Lehr Gerard O'Neill

      Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University From 1985 to 2003, he was a reporter at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting and won numerous regional and national journalism awards He served as the Globe s legal affairs reporter, magazine and feature writer, and as a longtime member of the newspaper s investigative reporting unit, the Spotlight Team Before that, Lehr, who is also an attorney, was a reporter at The Hartford Courant.Lehr is the author of The Fence A Police Cover up Along Boston s Racial Divide, a non fiction narrative about the worst known case of police brutality in Boston, which was an Edgar Award finalist for best non fiction He is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner Black Mass Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil s Deal, and its sequel, Whitey The Life of America s Most Notorious Mob Boss.Lehr was a John S Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 1991 1992 He lives outside Boston with his wife and four children.

    935 thoughts on “Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal”

    1. Earlier this year I for the first time read Mario Puzo's iconic The Godfather and then watched the trilogy of films. A genre changing experience, Puzo glorified organized crime while also bringing underworld dealings out of the shadows. Following the publication of this now modern classic book, a myriad of books and films featuring the mafia emerged. Last week I noticed a friend Becky had reviewed Black Mass, the true story of a deal between Irish mobsters and their FBI handlers written by Bost [...]


    2. I was absolutely glued to this book after the first 30 pages where the South Boston scene is set. I know jack about south Boston, I'm not really drawn to books about crime, but this is book was immaculately researched and wholly unbelievable, and yet its all true. I think its an especially important book as you see the evolution of wiretapping and information gathering culminating in today's Patriot Act. A good book to devour.


    3. The scene is Boston, starting in the 1970s. The FBI has made it a top priority to clamp down on organized crime (in this case, the Mafia, populated by the Italians of North Boston). John Connolly, a very young FBI agent, is called to the Boston office to work in the Organized Crime unit. The idea was that if he could find someone to rat out the Italians, the FBI's job would be made much easier. Connolly begins to cultivate James (Whitey) Bulger, a former acquaintance from Connolly's old neighbor [...]


    4. When I was in my early teens I had an unhealthy obsession with the mafia. I read every single book Mario Puzo wrote, The Way of the Wiseguy, Joey Pistone's Donnie Brasco among other mafia books. Reading Black Mass was like returning to an old friend, but I'm a no longer a pre-teen. I now know that besides just protecting their family, the people in the mafia actually killed some people who were not bad guys. See, as a kid I figured that they just killed each other, and since they were bad guys, [...]



    5. This book is a fascinating topic of the FBI ( John Connolly ) getting in bed with the MOB ( Whitey Bulge ) and it took the justice department about 20 years to figure it out and finally bringing both Men before the court. I do believe that the Authors spent a lot of time researching the lives of both Men,who both grew up in South Boston and formed a partnership that as the title of the book tells us "a devils deal " it reminded me of an old saying " the devil is in the details " . However no mat [...]


    6. Great research. Awesome insight. Saw the movie and wanted so much more! Fascinating to see just how corrupt the law enforcement really was. The rise and fall of the Bulger/Flemmi empire.


    7. Black Mass has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite a while, I was looking for a third book about Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger written by Dick Lehr, I have “Whitey” and have been trying to find “Underboss”. Then I saw the movie “Black Mass” (starring: Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch as the Bulger brothers and Joel Edgerton as John Connolly, former FBI agent) was scheduled to be released in September 2015. I decided I had to read the book before I saw the movie, which I desperatel [...]


    8. For any reader looking for a dramatic, engrossing true crime story, this one is fantastic. It is well organized, well written, and because of Whitey's recent capture, well timed! (well: the book has been edited since his capture; it originally came out well before.)I won't say much except that the Bulger/Flemmi alliance with the Boston FBI is a story that should have been made up. How a relationship this corrupt could have happened, and happened for so long, is just gross/despicable/infuriating/ [...]


    9. The term "black mass" essentially refers to a deal with the devil. In this case it refers to a handshake deal between criminals Whitey Bulger and Steve Flemmi and their FBI handlers John Connolly and John Morris, with a few others, to do pretty much whatever criminal activity they wanted as long as they fed them some occasional tips on other mobsters. Those tips, of course, paved the way for Bulger and Flemmi to run the gun, drug, and off book betting trade in Boston in the 1970s-1980s. The stor [...]


    10. Not the best read if you are looking for a story-telling version of these events (as this is not the type of book to give you the play-by-ply-on-the-scene action and dialogue of a good story). But, a fantastic book if you are looking for a solid background on the life of the notorious Southie Irish gangster Whitey Bulgar, his associates, and their corrupted relationships with the FBI.It was fascinating to read about Bulgar/FBI's relationship, and how they progressed over time. All starting with [...]


    11. I did not care for the sensationalist style of writing which was used in this book. Though it purports to be a work of journalism, phrases such as the following are not uncommon: "Stephen's little girl wandered into the kitchen to see what was going on [] 'Isn't she cute?', Flemmi said. The gangster tousled her blond hair. The gun's hard metal caught the girl's attention, and she reached for it. Flemmi let her touch it, and the girl even put part of the gun in her mouth. 'It would be a sin for h [...]


    12. Written by Boston Globe reporters, Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neal, Black Mass is the true story of how members of Boston's Irish mob used their relationship with their childhood pal and newly annointed FBI agent, John Connolly, to become informants against their competition, the Italian mob. All the while, they continue with their own crime, corruption, and murder without reprimand, until a defense attorney, named Cardinale, exposes the decades long travesty. All this has the potential to be explos [...]


    13. If you've ever been curious about Whitey Bulger, the Winter Hill Gang, Southie politics or FBI corruption, this is an excellent primer. The Boston Globe investigative journalists who reported on Bulger for numerous years pulled together all their research and the trial transcripts to create this informative and unbelievable tale. At times I got a little bogged down keeping all of the people and stories straight because this is truly an example of fact being stranger than fiction. And my interest [...]


    14. I've always been intrigued by biographical Mafia stories, but this account of the boundaries crossed by the FBI was shocking. That officials went above and beyond to protect criminals who were committing murder, to leak secrets compromising hundreds of man-hours of work, and to tell lie after boldface lie was straight out of Hollywood. Looking forward to watching the movie at the end of week to see how it correlated to the book.


    15. Being from Boston, Whitey Bulgar has always been a 'local legend' and I have read several books about him and his life of crime. This book was the most articulate and detailed. It included shocking facts about corruption and misguided loyalty. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime or non-fiction books.


    16. I liked the book a lot and was quick to read. Probably not the best time for me to read a book about how corrupt the FBI is as I hate them and already know that they are corrupt. I would recommend it though, very detailed and really interesting.



    17. The Black Mass by Dick Lehr is a story of an alliance between the FBI and the Irish Mob. This novel recounts the alliance itself, the relationships between Mob bosses and FBI agents, and also with the Italian Mafia. Dick Lehr tells the story with exceptional details and first hand accounts of some of the most famous mobsters of all time. The novel is focuses on the two main figures of the alliance; former corrupt FBI agent John Connolly and James "Whitey" Bulger. The two grew up just doors down [...]


    18. Great book. Written by Boston Globe reporters who covered the Bulger brothers back in the nineties and who also led the public outrage that got Billy ousted as president of UMass, this book details the entire breadth of Whitey's sweetheart deal with the FBI. Basically, the worst gangster in America got a cheat code. In exchange for help bringing down the Italian mafia in New England, Whitey gets his main rivals eliminated and receives advance notice whenever the law is closing in. This goes on f [...]


    19. It's 1970 in South Boston, Whitey Bulger is an up and coming gangster in the winter Hill Gang: A vicious group of "Southies" with plans of over throwing the mafia. In Boston, the Winter Hill Gang aren't the only ones wanting to take down the mafia; The cities FBI bureau has also had their eyes on the legendary mob group for years. The FBI knows that taking down the Mafia is a task comparable to breaking into Fort Knox. If they want to eliminate the most infamous gang in the world, they'll need h [...]


    20. The Southie of the 1970's and 1980's was run by a gangster named Jimmy "Whitey" Bulger, who took over the Winter Hill Gang after its leader, Howie Winter, was put behind bars. Whitey and his right-hand man, Stevie "The Rifleman" Flemmi, controlled everything that happened there, from gambling, to drugs, to weapons. Beyond a penchant for violence and a ruthless reputation, the thing that kept Whitey and Stevie out of trouble with the law was a close friendship with Michael Connelly, a high-rankin [...]


    21. Written by two Boston Globe reporters who covered the story for many years, the book details infamous mobster Whitey Bulger's decades-long deal with the FBI that allowed him to effectively rule Boston's underworld unchallenged.It's one of the those stories that's so crazy you can't believe it actually happened. Super ambitious and morally compromised FBI agents make a deal with up-and-coming Irish mobsters to exchange information about the Italian mob in exchange for immunity from prosecution. T [...]


    22. This is a intriguing book about the gangster, Whitey Bulger. He was involved in every type of crime imaginable in the city Boston. His boyhood friend, John Connolly, worked for the FBI. The FBI was trying to break up La Costa Nostra and its chokehold on criminal activities. Connolly approached Bulger about becoming an informant to help break up the mafia. The deal was struck and the two began a relationship that spun out of control. In return for little information of value, Connolly became a bu [...]


    23. An amazing storyWhen I first started reading this it became clear my preconceptions of this book and what is was about were wrong. This not about Whitey Bulger the gangster but about the FBI and their relationship. It wasn't until at least half way through that I came to terms with that and really came to enjoy this book. It is superbly researched and does come across that it was written by an experienced journalist. It is massive shame that some of the key players did not want there voice heard [...]


    24. I never heard of Whitey Bulger until I saw the movie The Departed and found out that the Jack Nichaloson character was based on a real life gangster. I then saw the Sixty Minutes story of his capture, after nearly seventeen years. When I saw this book in the nearby Wal-Mart, I decided that I had to get it. And I'm glad that I did.I won't say anymore, don't want to give away too much about the story. For those who haven't heard of him, Whitey Bulger was an Irish gangster in Boston who became an F [...]


    25. Black Mass was one of the most interesting book that I have read. Being the self that I am, I like to know the history of what happens in my city. This is exactly what this book did for me. It gave me more details that I never knew about Boston Massachusetts. This book is a completely true story about Bostons major criminals back in mid 1900's. That is what I liked the most about this read. One thing that I didn't like about Black Mass was that there were a lot of people to remember. I often got [...]


    26. I had not heard about Whitey Bulger until his name was brought up as a possible suspect in the Gardner Museum heist. Then I saw the previews for this movie and was like I need to know more. And the book is always more informative than the movie so I got it. And I was completely enthralled. So many more people were involved along the way than just Whitey himself. A corrupt FBI branch. A blank check so to speak for being informants Bulger and Flemmi were basically told they could do whatever they [...]


    27. This book is a very interesting book. It really kept my attention and I did not get bored reading like some books can get. It even more interesting because I'm from Boston but was not born when all of this stuff went down with Whitey and the Winter Hill gang. They book is very in depth with what went on with him and FBI agent John Connelly. I recommend this book to others who are interested in what Whitey did and crime in general.


    28. Admittedly, I did not finish this book. I got about halfway through and had to give up. It's interesting information, but awfully written!! Too many Irish and Italian people without any character development. I couldn't keep them straight. And, instead of writing the story in the order in which it happens, it jumps all over the place. I just hated it. So, I'll figure out the rest when I see the movie.


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