John Dickie combines narrative skills in his description of skulduggery with excellent pen portraits of striking individuals...no one anywhere writes with such authority on Italy's criminal gangs.
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.
'Exciting and well-written... like a 19th-century Sopranos'.
Chilling and eye-opening.
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.
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Yet Dickie thinks there are "more reasons for optimism today than at any point in the past"... it's a point well made.
'I've been so unsettled by John Dickie's Mafia Republic - his angry and moving new history of the power of the Italian criminal fraternities since the Second World War.'
Magisterial ... absorbing.
His narrative bowls along, powered by the sort of muscular prose one associates with great detective fiction. An exhilarating history.
'Fine social history and hair-raising true crime'.