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

Mara Shalhoup (Author)
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Description

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. They socialized with music mogul Sean Diddy Combs, did business with New York's king of bling Jacob The Jeweler Arabo, and built allegiances with rap superstars Young Jeezy and Fabolous. Yet even as BMF was attracting celebrity attention, its crew members struck fear in a city.

When the brothers began clashing in 2003, the flashy and beloved Big Meech risked it all on a shot at legitimacy in the music industry. At the same time, utilizing a high-stakes wiretap operation, the feds inched toward their goal of destroying the Flenory's empire and ending the reign of a crew suspected in the sale of thousands of kilos of cocaine -- and a half-dozen unsolved murders.

Product Details

Price
$18.99  $17.47
Publisher
St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date
January 18, 2011
Pages
804
Dimensions
5.57 X 0.92 X 8.23 inches | 0.64 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780312674151

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About the Author

Mara Shalhoup is a decorated journalist and editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing, the preeminent alternative newsweekly serving the South. She started her writing career as a crime reporter at the Macon Telegraph, and has gone on to earn such honors as a Clarion Award, two nominations for a Livingston Award, and recognition from the Atlanta Press Club as the city's Journalist of the Year. BMF is her first book. She lives with her husband in Atlanta.

Reviews

"With superb pacing and a thorough handle on her extensive cast, Shalhoup's true crime debut makes a highly addictive read." --Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review!)

"A first rate read." --On Wax Magazine

"An instant classic." --AllHipHop.com

"...deftly tracks the fortunes of multiple BMF associates and their pursuers in law enforcement... her journalistic chops convey two inescapable messages: The cocaine industry is bigger and more entrenched than most people suspect; and sooner or later, no matter how glamorous, everybody goes down." --Kirkus Reviews

"A wild ride rivaling anything you've seen in a Hollywood crime movie." --MOG.com