A massive bestseller in its native Italy, and a book that can
justly be compared with Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah, Blood Ties is a
terrifying account of the 'ndrangheta's criminal activities over
the last four decades. Originally from Calabria, this sinister
organization has - like the Mafia in Sicily and the Camorra in
Naples - a vicious hold over northern Italy and much of the rest of
the country, too, a stranglehold that is growing every day. Told to
the authors by an insider, Pippo di Bella, a 'pentito', a former
member of the gang now turned state's evidence, it reveals many
hitherto unknown operations, as well as throwing new light on
well-known cases from the past. It shows an organization which
retains and strengthens its position through corruption, drug
smuggling, gun running, violence, extortion and kidnapping.
Visceral, compelling and terrifyingly readable, it paints a
brutally vivid picture of the most dangerous and powerful of the
Italian mafias, one which demands to be read.