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.
Magisterial ... absorbing.
BLOOD BROTHERHOODS is almost certainly the most ambitious true-crime assignment ever. The result is a stunning success: a sprawling, powerful historical narrative that is the definitive story of Sicily's Mafia, the Camorra of Naples, and Calabria's 'Ndrangheta.
Combines his trademark of scholarly documentation with a rattling good read.
'enthralling ... chillingly charts the birth and rise of all three of Italy's mafias'.
His narrative bowls along, powered by the sort of muscular prose one associates with great detective fiction. An exhilarating history.
REVIEWS FOR BLOOD BROTHERHOODS (THE HARDBACK EDITION):
Both fine social history and hair-raising true crime, this account of the Italian underworld clans tells a grimly fascinating tale.
'Exciting and well-written, it plays out like a 19th-century Sopranos'.
Chilling but essential reading if you want to understand the mindset of the darkest elements of Italian life.