Vendetta: The Mafia, Judge Falcone, and the Quest for Justice

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The mafia murders that stunned Italy, and the thriling story of how the killers were brought to justice—based on new exclusive material, including previously unexplored testimonies of 269 witnessess

May 23, 2012, marks 20 years since the mafia blew apart its "Number One Enemy," the legendary prosecutor Judge Falcone, with a motorway bomb that also killed his wife Francesca and three bodyguards. Fifty-seven days later, the mafia killed Falcone's friend and ...

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Overview

The mafia murders that stunned Italy, and the thriling story of how the killers were brought to justice—based on new exclusive material, including previously unexplored testimonies of 269 witnessess

May 23, 2012, marks 20 years since the mafia blew apart its "Number One Enemy," the legendary prosecutor Judge Falcone, with a motorway bomb that also killed his wife Francesca and three bodyguards. Fifty-seven days later, the mafia killed Falcone's friend and colleague, Judge Paolo Borsellino, with a car bomb outside his mother's home that also killed five bodyguards. The first book about these murders, Vendetta will tell the inside story of the assassination plot and the investigation that followed. It reveals Borsellino's desperate race against time to find out who killed his friend while knowing he was next on the list, and reveals the daring undercover police mission which unmasked the killers. Based on new and exclusive interviews and the testimony of investigators, mafia supergrasses, survivors, relatives, and friends, this book recounts the events hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute as the Mafiosi plan and carry out the murders, and as the police hunt them down.

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To fight the legendary Cosa Nostra syndicate, Judge Giovanni Falcone professed, "you have to learn to live and think like the Mafiosi." Rising from the same crime-infested docks of northern Sicily, Falcone and Salvatore "The Beast" Riina counterbalance one another in Follain's history of the judge's assassination. In this suspense-filled volume, London Times journalist Follain (Mussolini's Island) recalls in impressive detail the Mafiosi's 1992 plans to murder Judge Falcone as well as ex-prosecutor and close friend Paolo Borsellino two months later. Conversations among key family members are reconstructed; particulars of the ambush and coordinated bombings are detailed. But the moments which best capture the stakes and depth of the situation are those concerning Falcone and his personal motivations, his deeply-rooted attachments and unwavering work ethic. Follain's effective depiction of Falcone's psyche - the prosecutor had perhaps "a heavy, and typically Sicilian, dose of fatalism in his character" - helps readers to empathize further with the judge's life and brutal fate. With b/w photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444714142
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,324,243
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Follain is the author of City of Secrets, The Last Godfather, and Mussolini's Island.

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