Chilling but essential reading if you want to understand the mindset of the darkest elements of Italian life.
His narrative bowls along, powered by the sort of muscular prose one associates with great detective fiction. An exhilarating history.
By shining a light so powerfully into the darkest recesses of mafia mythology and history, Dickie's new book will certainly provide a concrete tool in the anti-mafia struggle to which many Italians and Calabrians in Australia and Italy are passionately committed.
Both fine social history and hair-raising true crime, this account of the Italian underworld clans tells a grimly fascinating tale.
Combines his trademark of scholarly documentation with a rattling good read.
'Exciting and well-written, it plays out like a 19th-century Sopranos'.