BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family
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BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In the early 1990s, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his brother, Terry “Southwest T,” rose up from the slums of Detroit to build one of the largest cocaine empires in American history: the Black Mafia Family. After a decade in the drug game, the Flenorys had it all—a fleet of Maybachs, Bentleys and Ferraris, a 500-man workforce operating in six states, and an estimated q...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published February 27th 2010)
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Mark Hatcher
Interesting story about my childhood friends Meech and Terry Flenory of Southwest Detroit. I like the content of the book as well as the fact that I could identify with most of the Atlanta and Detroit places cited in the book. I also knew many of the characters. The biggest challenge of the book was the verbiage and flow of the inexperienced author.

Mara Shalhoup did a very poor job of allowing the story to flow. I found it challenging that she chose to reintroduce the characters many times over...more
the wikipedia article on BMF ( has
- better writing
- fewer typos & editing mistakes
- more pictures
- fewer words

"I think I'm Big Meech..." Who hasn't heard or repeated those lines from Rick Ross's `Blowing Money Fast'? Well, in "BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family" journalist Mara Shalhoup recounts the details surrounding, like the title states, the rise and fall of the Flenory brothers, Demetrius aka Big Meech and Terry aka Southwest T. The Flenory brothers came from humble upbringings in Detroit, Michigan. Their father worked as many as two jobs at a time to provide for the...more
May 28, 2013 Eddie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eddie by: Daniel Jester
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ALL IN The Family

An excellent examination into a drug syndicate so large and so organized that it took many years and many law enforcement man hours to amass enough evidence to take Big Meech (Demetrius Flenory) and his brother (Terry Flenory) down. Living in the suburbs of Atlanta, I had no idea of just how much of the BMF machine was operating in Atlanta. Also somewhat amazing is the the length of time the BMF cocaine cartel sustained itself in Atlanta and other cities such as Detroit and Los...more
Kimberly Hicks
This book reads like a Law & Order episode. My eyes were stretched to capacity, while my mind soaked up the words like a sponge. The Flenory brothers were criminal masterminds of the cocaine world. And the title of the book definitely says it all. Their rise was one that most poor people only dream about, except their dreams, most likely, didn't envision being drug traffickers.

I was a bit shocked by the celebrities tied to the brothers. P. Diddy's name was mentioned throughout the book beca...more
Crime really doesnt Pay !!! It catches up with you EVERYTIME....
This was a good storyline, but there were a lot of characters to keep up with, and it made difficult to keep up with the storyline without referring to the character list. As far a Mafia's go this one wasn't in power long enough to really be called a Mafia ?? REALLY....
Markeisha Whitaker
this book is about a big drug dealer who sale weed and been in and out of jail. this is also about a man was in a mafia and how he had to spend his and how he had to hustle for money
I'm fascinated with all things mafia-related so this book, about drug dealers/traffickers who called ATL home, was especially intriguing. I'll never look at the city the same way again...
I enjoyed the story. I have a slight fascination with true crime stories. I wanted to know more about Big Meech and I found it here.
Book 3 of the Cape Refuge series. Getting to really enjoy the characters in this series and the problems that occur
Shante Nixon
Didn't finish cause it start to get boring and when you fall asleep on a book it's time to stop it !
I learned a lot about the city of Atlanta and how crime families work.
Vanessa Fluffy Murray
Didn't like it much. It was written like a news article.
Poorly written, not an attention getter, repetitive.
it was an ok read...
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