Gomorrah

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Pan Macmillan, 2008 - True Crime - 300 pages
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Published to coincide with the eponymous blockbuster film, Roberto Saviano's groundbreaking and utterly compelling book is a major international bestseller and has to date sold 750,000 copies in Italy alone. Since publishing his searing expose of their criminal activities, the author has received so many death threats from the Camorra that he has been assigned police protection. Known by insiders as 'the System', the Camorra, an organized crime network with a global reach and large stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs and toxic-waste disposal, exerts a malign grip on cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast is the deciding factor in why Campania has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years. In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer and on a construction site, both controlled by 'the System', and as a waiter at a Camorra wedding. Born in Naples, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of fourteen, and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to help an eighteen-year-old victim, left for dead in the street. Gomorrah is both a bold and engrossing piece of investigative writing and one heroic young man's impassioned story of a place under the rule of a murderous organization.

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Roberto Saviano’s bravery has established a landmark in investigative journalism. “Gomorrah: Italy’s Other Mafia” is a carefully documented compilation of various environments where the “Camorra” operates. Saviano’s captivating description of his observations of everyday life in different aspects of the pyramid of the criminal organization is a full-blown exposure of the long-hidden reality of organized crime in Italy. His masterful ability in figurative language, which he uses for details, immediately snaps a picture in the reader’s mind. Often the images are brutally disturbing, violent and sad, but mostly eye-opening. An absolute “must read now” for everybody, but will particularly appeal to admirers of gangland true-crime thrillers. Ten out of ten, at least! One of the best non-fiction reads EVER! 

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Shocking & absorbing. A real eyeopener of a book. I give praise to the author. ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Robert Saviano was born in Naples, where he still lives. This is his first book.

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