Most Wanted


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Pursuing Whitey Bulger, the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected

By Thomas J. Foley and John Sedgwick

On June 23, 2011, the electrifying news swept the nation:  The notorious gangster Whitey Bulger was finally captured by the FBI after sixteen years as a fugitive on its Most Wanted list.  Many were relieved.  But for earnest, hardworking Thomas J. Foley, a former Massachusetts state police colonel and the investigator who sparked Bulger’s flight from Boston, the moment was bittersweet.  The FBI may have caught Bulger, but as Foley well knew, they were also responsible for his escape.

Written by John Sedgwick, MOST WANTED exposes and explores that grim triangle, between Whitey, the FBI and Foley, as it has never been detailed before.  It has long been known that Whitey Bulger was a secret FBI informant, but it has never been revealed—until now—that the FBI was actively protecting Bulger from Foley, foiling Foley’s efforts to stop Bulger’s murderous ways time and again.  At one point, the FBI even presented Foley with a plaque at a holiday party that read: The Most Hated Man in Law Enforcement, a not so subtle suggestion that he should lay off the investigation.  Ultimately, Foley indicted Bulger on nineteen murder charges during the time that he was an FBI “top echelon” informant.

Written like a real-life thriller, MOST WANTED presents a classic double chase, with Foley the man at the center, both sought and seeking.  In the end, his investigative efforts resulted in criminal convictions of a half-dozen of Boston’s most notorious wiseguys and also led to the conviction of John Connolly, one for the FBI agents who abetted Bulger. Connolly is now serving a forty year prison sentence.  Foley is a cop’s cop, and, with Sedgwick, he honestly recounts how his wide-eyed admiration for the nation’s top law enforcement agency was gradually transformed by dark realities he didn’t want to believe.


“If you want to understand shoe-leather police investigation at its very best, pick up ‘Most Wanted.’ What’s clearest from Foley’s gripping account is that old-fashioned, grind-it-out police work really is the only answer against organized crime.” 
—Boston Globe

“Tom Foley’s riveting accounts provides the missing piece to this epic saga, the inside story that only a true insider could tell.” 
—Dick Lehr, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Black Mass