Publishers Weekly (starred review), March 15, 2010:
Formed in mid-1990s Atlanta by ambitious, Detroit-born hustler Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, the Black Mafia Family controlled most of the American cocaine trade for the better part of a decade. Interviewing members from all levels of the national organization, including now-imprisoned Big Meech, Atlanta-based journalist Shalhoup delivers a stunning exposé of a crime empire that collapsed under the weight of its own success, rising and falling on its charismatic founder’s desperate desire for success, popularity, and, ultimately, music-business legitimacy. >>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 1, 2010:
Atlanta journalist Mara Shalhoup set herself a difficult task when she vowed to write a book about the cocaine distribution enterprise known as Black Mafia Family, run primarily by brothers Demetrius and Terry Flenory.
The brothers grew up in Detroit but settled in warmer climates during the 1990s. Demetrius, better known as “Big Meech,” used Atlanta as his base. Terry, the younger brother, chose Los Angeles. Already savvy entrepreneurs as 20-somethings, the brothers understood that operating their illegal empires from geographically separate headquarters would make detection and arrest tougher for law enforcement agencies. >>
Creative Loafing, Feb. 22, 2010:
“My son was killed by the Black Mafia Family.”
Those nine words, spoken by a grieving mother one morning in 2004, started journalist Mara Shalhoup on a trail that, more than five years later, has led to the publication of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family. >>