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Review: ‘Betrayal’ by Robert Fitzpatrick, with Jon Land

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Updated: February 16, 2012 8:12AM

Retired FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick does a fantastic job of juggling the names and facts while telling his compelling story of trying to bring Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger to justice in Betrayal (Forge, $14.99), written with Jon Land.

Fitzpatrick’s career was filled with commendations and promotions, and when he transferred to Boston in the 1980s with orders to “clean up the mess,” he jumped right in and asked to meet Bulger, a prized informant. Fitzpatrick was shocked to discover Bulger acting like he was in charge. He tried to shut down Bulger’s FBI informant status and have him arrested for murder, but Bulger managed to stay one step ahead.

Bulger went into hiding in 1994. He was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for years until he was arrested last June in Santa Monica, Calif.

It took almost 30 years, but Fitzpatrick finally had his redemption.

Jeff Ayers / AP

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