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The Hold of the Octopus
Sicily is the centre of world Mafia power. With tentacles reaching from Palermo to Hong Kong, through Caracas to London and Brooklyn, the Octopus (the Sicilian Mafia's international crime corporation) has a stranglehold on a $100 billion heroin market. Not content with this, it has now branched out into cocaine. With the help of laundered billions and political corruption, the Sicilian Mafia reigns supreme over the entire world of organised crime.
In a uniquely authoritative narrative, Italian-based investigative journalist Claire Sterling penetrates into the heart of this ruthless crime syndicate. Bold and disturbing, 'The Mafia' exposes the real extent of Mafia influence around the globe and questions Western governments’ apparent inability to combat it. Sterling's horrific accounts of their gruesome methods of extermination will dispel once and for all their romantic 'Godfather' image as men of honour.
"Detailed and up to date… Sterling is a controversial and determined writer… her latest effort is the fruit of five years' research and it is rich in material for anyone who wishes to understand the mechanisms of the Mafia"
"A wealth of new and stunning information. Mrs Sterling is an investigative journalist of audacious energy"
"Authoritative, superbly researched and chilling"
LIVERPOOL DAILY POST