Blood Ties: The Calabrian Mafia
Blood Ties is a searing account of the 'Ndrangheta's criminal activities over the last four decades. Told to the authors by an insider, Pippo di Bella, a "pentito", a former member of the gang now turned state's evidence, it reveals many hitherto unknown operations, as well as throwing new light on well-known cases from the past. It shows an organization which retains and strengthens its position through corruption, drug smuggling, gun running, violence, extortion and kidnapping.
Visceral, compelling and terrifyingly readable, it paints a brutally vivid picture of the most dangerous and powerful of the Italian mafias, one which demands to be read.