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“With superb pacing and a thorough handle on her extensive cast, Shalhoup’s true crime debut makes a highly addictive read.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An instant classic.”


“[Shalhoup's] 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

“Shalhoup, an award-winning journalist, offers an insightful look at the street-drug industry, which casts a wide net of beneficiaries as well as victims.”


“Given the high degree of difficulty, Shalhoup has written a strong book. … [Big Meech] is a somewhat sympathetic guy, mixing self-awareness with a huge ego, treating his underlings like family and exhibiting sincere interest in developing meaningful hip-hop artists.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“BMF is an important book for our region, because it tells a story about who we are in the South, even if it’s a story we may not all want to acknowledge. Shalhoup’s the perfect person for the job.”

“Cover to Cover,” Georgia Public Broadcasting

BMF encompasses a vast narrative without losing small moments. … Big Meech, an easy target to mythologize or demonize, emerges as a complex, vulnerable character in Shalhoup’s portrait.”

Creative Loafing

“[T]his was a wild ride rivaling anything you’ve seen in a Hollywood crime movie.”


“A first rate read, BMF will take readers through the inner workings of one of the nation’s infamous crime families.”

On Wax magazine


BMF on the History Channel show "Gangland": In an episode titled "Death Before Dishonor," the History Channel delves into the Black Mafia Family. BMF author Mara Shalhoup makes a guest appearance. Fri., Sept. 24, 10 p.m. www.history.com.


Young Jeezy, Big Meech, the Black Family Mafia, and a hundred thousand kilos of coke

A Q&A with Miami New Times

My Hot 93.7 interview about BMF

The wide reach of the Black Mafia Family, from Jeezy to Jacob, Fab to Diddy