Combines his trademark of scholarly documentation with a rattling good read.
REVIEWS FOR BLOOD BROTHERHOODS (THE HARDBACK EDITION):
'enthralling ... chillingly charts the birth and rise of all three of Italy's mafias'.
'Exciting and well-written, it plays out like a 19th-century Sopranos'.
His narrative bowls along, powered by the sort of muscular prose one associates with great detective fiction. An exhilarating history.
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.
Chilling but essential reading if you want to understand the mindset of the darkest elements of Italian life.
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.
Both fine social history and hair-raising true crime, this account of the Italian underworld clans tells a grimly fascinating tale.