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Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected

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The riveting account of former head of Massachusetts State Police Thomas J. Foley’s twenty-year pursuit of murderous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, and of Foley’s key role in exposing the FBI’s protection of Bulger’s criminal empire.

June 23, 2011. The news of the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger’s capture—after sixteen years on the FBI’s Most Wanted list—swept the nation.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Touchstone
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May 29, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I must admit that I have never hear of Whitey Bulger until I read this book. This is probably a good thing. This means that one I don't keep up with the FBI's Most Wanted List and two that I have never had a run in with Mr. Bulger. After reading this book, it will change your mind about the FBI. I know it did for me. I mean I know the FBI has their secrets and some of them probably not good and we the public might not want to know about it but after hearing what they did to Mr. Foley, I was upse ...more
Nicky Enriquez
Feb 03, 2014 Nicky Enriquez rated it really liked it
This was difficult to get through. Not because it was dull, or poorly written, but because of the gritty rawness that Foley brings to the story. After every FBI blunder, I felt myself getting more and more frustrated, I can hardly imagine how Foley and his team felt after every turn in the Bulger/Flemmi investigation.

I heard Foley speak at the Boston Public Library, and I met him briefly when he signed my book. He is an amazing example of law enforcement, who gives me hope where the failings of
Victor Gentile
Aug 04, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Thomas J. Foley and John Sedgwick in their new book, “Most Wanted” published by Touchstone takes us on the true case Pursuing Whitey Bulger, the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected.

From the back cover: When Whitey was captured, and flown back to Boston, he was the talk of the city, and much of the country, too. But it wasn’t for another month that I laid eyes on him myself. He was just a wisp of a guy shuffling around, his rough voice all that was left of the vitality that had once te
Maureen Timerman
May 12, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Thomas Foley made it his life work to get James "Whitey" Bulger. Reading his story will frighten could they??? They meaning the FBI!
Thomas Foley wanted this monster off the streets of Boston so badly that it did affect his health....and he was thwarted on each try of capturing him by the FBI.
The story is so riveting you won't be able to put the book down. The book brings to lite a lot of the "Irish Mob" in Boston, and a lot of the ones that aren't there anymore.
The "Evil" one was fin
Aug 07, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
This book by Thomas Foley,a former Massachusetts Police Colonel who spent years pursuing Boston Irish mob chieftan James "Whitey" Bulger, is more memoir than police procedural. Foley comes off as a dedicated public servant and a decent guy, albeit one with a massive axe to grind against the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, based on the objective record -- an FBI informant (Bulger) evading law enforcement for decades, an FBI agent (John Connolly) convicted for second-degree murder in an ...more
May 12, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
The author, Thomas Foley, the former head of the Massachusetts State Police, was also the commander of the SSS (Special Services Section) and was in charge of bringing Bulger and his right-hand man, Steve Flemmi, to justice. He recounts the attempts in the 80s to get Bulger (before Foley was in command), with sweeping ideas of bugging every home, car and restaurant where members of the gang were known to hang out. Unfortunately, Bulger was always one step ahead and bugs were removed faster than ...more
Wendy Hines
Jul 07, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Wow! Most Wanted is a relentless, page-turning read written by Thomas J. Foley, the man who spent most of his life pursuing the gangster, Whitey Bulger. Not only did Whitey become an FBI informant, and committed nineteen crimes while being protected, but the FBI thwarted Foley every time he got close to capturing the murderer.

There are personal true accounts of Foley's investigations, how he decided to pursue his investigation and his accounts with the family and friends of Bulger's victims. Bul
This is the story of the search for one of America's most wanted men, Whitey Bulger. He was a mobster and killer. Thomas J. Foley of the Mass. St. Police personally led the search to put him in jail.

In the early years of the search, there are conflicts between the State Police and the FBI who want to get other crime bosses and leave Bulger alone.

This interference was blatant and at one point while Foley's team was running a surveillance, two FBI agents parked their car directly across the street
Jeanne Julian
Feb 26, 2015 Jeanne Julian rated it liked it
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You've gotta respect the tenacity, dedication, and integrity of the real-life officer (whom I have met) who published this account. His tough-guy voice and humor are authentic, the day-to-day details of investigation illuminating. The first half of this book is a really interesting procedural and psychological study, exposing the decidedly unglamorous and indeed sickening aspects of organized crime and the hurdles that law enforcement has to go through in their pursuit of even well-known dangero ...more
May 19, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it

Foley's book is a ground level account of the decades-long effort to bring down James "Whitey" Bulger and other organized crime figures whom terrorized the Boston area for years, leaving a trail of bodies and a wake of corruption that reached all the way into the FBI. The book is a no-holds-barred indictment of the FBI's historical penchant for protecting it's confidential informants far beyond normal law enforcement parameters. In this case, author Foley exposes the fact that in their haste to
Marie Fouhey
Apr 14, 2013 Marie Fouhey rated it liked it
Even after all that's been written about Bulger & Flemmi, I still didn't realize that the original indictments that Bulger fled from were developed by the State Police, as was the evidence from Kevin Weeks that led to Bulger being charged with murder. This book is an appalling indictment of the FBI, which as an organization did their best to stymie the State Police investigation. It's also a testimonial to the state police who persevered in spite of the FBI. The author doesn't hold out much ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
This is real life account of the hunt and capture of murderer and gangster Whitey Bulger. Although on the FBI’s most wanted list, it was Massachusetts state policeman Thomas J. Foley and his task force’s commitment and many hours that finally led to many indictments.

Not only does this show the ruthlessness of Bulger’s killings, the painstaking man hours of dedication, it also shows corruption within the FBI and the many obstacles encountered through inter-agency cooperation or lack thereof. This
Jan 29, 2013 Cassy rated it liked it
Picked this up because I was on a gangster kick,and I happen to share my name with Whitey Bulger's girlfriend and have been stopped in airports in the past because of this (even though she is a good 50 years older than I am). It's a good look into more modern day mob life in the Boston area. Decent read if you are interested in the topic and can stomach the gore that comes with reading true crime stories.
Michael Foley
May 15, 2013 Michael Foley rated it liked it
This is an expose of the shenanigans at the FBI and the lengths they go to protect their informants no matter how slimy they are or how many people they kill. It was well written and the author made no bones regarding his contempt for the FBI. It's no wonder our national and international protections agencies can not fully be trusted.
Sep 30, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
For anyone intrigued by the Whitey Bulger story and the very long history it took to finally find him this is a great story telling the whole story of what the State police went through in order to capture him or attempt to capture him. The story is told by one of the state police that went through the whole thing.
Jun 20, 2012 Leanna rated it liked it
I've read other books about Whitey Bulger but this was the first I've read that told the story from the MA State Police perspective. It made for an interesting read and provided a different set of details than other books written about the topic.
Gabe Sansone
Dec 08, 2013 Gabe Sansone rated it really liked it
i think whitey was a pretty sick individual he killled women but he started his career out as a bank robber n was jailed n tried lsd n it changed him to not caring n i like how they went from the perspective of an FBI agent goin aft a whitey in this
Theresa Sivelle
Dec 20, 2012 Theresa Sivelle rated it did not like it
Just couldn't get into this one. Didn't like the writing style. It seemed choppy some how and I just couldn't manage to find a reason to continue to read it. Returned to the library.
Jul 23, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
An amazing take on the Whitey Bulger story from the state police investigator who worked the case and was continually battling the FBI. Very fast read....finished it in three days!
Sep 20, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Definitely one of the better books on Whitey that I have read. Scathing commentary on the FBI and very good insight into the complicated investigation that spanned decades.
Jul 21, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
This book needed a cast of characters list in the beginning. There were so many characters I couldn't keep them all straight.
Ann Marie
Jan 15, 2013 Ann Marie rated it really liked it
It was exceptional reading. I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in the truth of the matter.
Oct 10, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
Eye opening and disturbing. Worth reading.
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