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London Review of BooksIt is hard not to feel sympathy for some of the Mafiosi Federico Varese describes in his meticulous study of mafia transplantation, as they struggle to make an impact in a foreign country where they don't speak the language and nobody is interested in the protection they have to offer. If Varese is right—and it would be hard to dispute his evidence—most mafia groups seeking new turf eventually either go back home with their tails between their legs or give up being gangsters and take up a less disreputable profession. . . . Varese is one of the most acute students of global organised crime and a gripping storyteller.
— Misha Glenny