Brian's Reviews > Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob

Black Mass by Dick Lehr
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Aug 20, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 09 to 20, 2011

The myth of James J. "Whitey" Bulger is infamous in Boston, and "Black Mass" delves into the whole truth of his criminal history and accomplices, both criminal and law enforcement. While the story is well-known in Beantown, the details of the depths of FBI corruption and complicity with Bulger can still be surprising when laid out in black and white. And even though the book was first published in 2000, it remains relevant with the recent capture of Bulger. The book does suffer from some identity crisis, vacillating between journalism and fictionalized history, but overall remains compelling and thoroughly presents all the relevant facts.

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