Black Mass

Whitey Bulger, The FBI and a Devil's Deal

Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill

The idea of Bulger as informant seemed preposterous. But the notion nagged, an irresistible itch that stayed close to the surface. What if it were really true?
Black Mass by Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill (Paperback ISBN 9781782116240) book cover

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Now a major film starring Johnny Depp


A gripping true story of violence, double-cross and corruption, Black Mass takes us deep undercover, exposing one of the most outrageous scandals in FBI history.

Boston, 1975. Under a harvest moon, ‘Whitey’ Bulger, godfather of the Irish Mob, waits for an old school buddy. Since they last met, Little John Connolly has become a high-ranking FBI agent.

Connolly needs an informant - someone with a good view of Boston’s dark side. Whitey needs certain priority treatment. Soon the die is cast.

Black Mass succeeds admirably in showing just how fragile FBI integrity can be when the good guys lose sight of the truth, the rules, and the law”
washington Post

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“A jaw-dropping, true-life tale of how two thugs corrupted the FBI”
baltimore Sun

“A work of rare lucidity, high drama, journalistic integrity and plain courage”
James Carroll, Author Of An American Requiem

Black Mass should prompt a reevaluation of the uses and misuses of informers by law-enforcement officials throughout the country”
new York Times Book Review

Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill

Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill are former reporters with the Boston Globe, and co-authors of Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss. O’Neill has won the Pulitzer, Hancock and Loeb Prizes. Lehr, a Pulitzer finalist, has also won the Hancock and Loeb awards. He is currently a professor of journalism at Boston University, where he is a co-director of an investigative reporting clinic.

The film trailer for Black Mass, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Starring Johnny Depp as the notorious Whitey Bulger.

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