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Publisher's Summary

In this gritty New York Times best-seller, the true story of a crooked deal between the FBI and the Irish Mob is exposed. By providing a penetrating look into the mean streets of mid-1970s South Boston, the author shows how two kids from the neighborhood cross paths again years later, ending in the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.
©2012 Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill (P)2012 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By John L. Mahan on 06-18-15

Excellent!

Well written and performed. Of all the books out there on Bulger, this is one of the best.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brigham on 02-23-16

The damage of the insider threat

What does it look like when a member of the legal community shifts his/her allegiance to a criminal power? I give you John Connoly.

Nearly 30 years of criminal activity in South Boston was actively defended by FBI agents. This book thoroughly examines the history as told by two Boston reporters. Research conducted includes eye-witness reports, grand jury testimony, and FBI records. Some may call this book dry. For me, the insights and realities were delivered in a way that was both exciting and informative.

I read this book as another view of what insider threats can do to a person, an organization, and in this case, an entire community. The FBI reputation was devastated. South Boston's very anatomy was changed forever. The criminal underworld gained unprecedented ground.

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By Thomas on 11-08-16

Really enjoyed this book.

Came to this book after seeing the film black mass. enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the film.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kholds73 on 07-13-17

Black mass

Fantastic account of the winter hill gang . What surprised me the most was how long he got away with it . Worth a look .

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