The Fence

The Fence

A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide

Book - 2009
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"A monumental account of an urban travesty....[It] has all the earmarks of a classic."
--Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and Shutter Island

Dick Lehr's The Fence, subtitled, " A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide," is a shocking true story of racism, brutality, official lies and negligence, when the truth about the savage beating of black plainclothes policeman by white officers was hidden behind a "blue wall of silence." Respected journalist Lehr, winner of the Hancock Award, the Loeb Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and bestselling author of Black Mass and Judgment Ridge, sheds a brilliant light on all aspects of this powerful, disturbing event and its aftermath.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060780982
Branch Call Number: HV8148.B72 L44 2009
364.155 L522f
Characteristics: xii, 383 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm


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Traces the parallel 1995 cases of Boston PD officers Michael Cox, who was beaten by fellow officers in a case of mistaken identity, and Kenny Conley, who was wrongly accused of witnessing the beating.

Lehr, who is known for his books about Whitey Bulger, is a professor at Boston University and was formerly a report for the Boston Globe.

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