The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan
Random House Canada, Hardcover, 9780307360403, 544pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Queens, New York, 1981. When Alphonse "Sonny Red" Indelicato and two others are found dead in a vacant lot, police fail to solve their murders. For their killer and his Montreal family, their deaths mark the beginning of an epic rise to criminal power that will last over thirty years. But in the mid-2000s, having escaped justice for decades, father and son Nicolo and Vito Rizzuto are finally arrested and convicted, one in Montreal and one in the United States. Meanwhile, deep inside the heart of their family, struck hard by a series of carefully plotted executions, the epic continues.
Updated and available for the first time in English, Mafia Inc.--a major bestseller even before the 2010 assassination of Nicolo Rizzuto--reveals how the Rizzuto clan built their Canadian empire through force and corruption, alliances and compromises, and turned it into one of the most powerful criminal organizations in North America. Relying on extensive court documents, police sources and sources in the family's home village in Sicily, Montreal journalists Andre Cedilot and Andre Noel reconstruct the history of the Rizzuto clan, and expose how its business extends throughout Canada and the world, shaping the criminal underworld, influencing politicians and bending the will of business leaders to their own self-satisfying ends.
ANDRÉ CÉDILOT was a justice reporter at Montréal's La Presse for 35 years, with a special interest in Italian mafia and organized crime. Often interviewed as an authority on these subjects, he regularly acts as a consultant for documentaries and television series.
ANDRÉ NOËL has been an investigative reporter at La Presse for over 20 years. His work has won him several prestigious awards in Québec and across Canada. He often writes with André Cédilot about the mafia. In the course of his career, he has published six books on a wide range of subjects.
FINALIST 2012 – Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation
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