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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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Excellent!

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Liked it ....for awhile

Gangsters, cops, FBI, dames and dolls. Good guys (who weren't), bad guys (depending on circumstance and outlook at any moment). Enjoyed it for awhile - 'til it got too long, too much the "same old". Did finally finish the last chapters after several months hiatus. Humanity finds a way to disappoint.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I never got past the second chapter.

just the facts this book is a man reading basically history and not a very exciting way narrators tone did little to help this
information because it couldn't be considered a novel.

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  • Kevin
  • SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States
  • 01-24-13

Informative and Well Done

Where does Black Mass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Above average

Who was your favorite character and why?

Whitey because he was what every lover of organized crime books wants to read about

What about John Rubinstein and Christopher Evan Welch ’s performance did you like?

It was well done and well read. That seems like something all audio books have, but it is NOT.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing exreme. Just well done.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book!

I thought this book was not only captivating, but enjoyable, well thought out, and informative. I am obsessed with crime stories and I loved this book. I will be listening to it again. The authors did a fantastic job!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very good book about bulger

I recommend this book That later was made into a movie based on the book

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Excellent book marred by poor narration

Loved the book, hated the overdone narration. The quotes from the principals are in an annoying, Hollywood wise guy tone that doesn't even hresemble the nasal accent of South Boston. They shouldn't have tried.

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slow, dull

Would you try another book from Gerard O'Neill and Dick Lehr and/or John Rubinstein and Christopher Evan Welch ?

No

Has Black Mass turned you off from other books in this genre?

yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was the best part of this book

What character would you cut from Black Mass?

I am not sure

Any additional comments?

This was not as exciting as I had exspected

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Interesting Story - can't wait to see the movie

I love "true stories" that are made into books & movies. the narrator did a good job with keeping his voice in such a way the story gets boring or mundane.

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  • Thomas
  • 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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  • Karl H.
  • 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 .