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Business or Blood

Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War

by Peter Edwards & Antonio Nicaso

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organized crime, criminals & outlaws, criminology
list price: $32
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
category: True Crime
published: 2015
ISBN:9780345813763
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Bestselling crime writers Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso reveal the final years of Canada's top mafia boss, Vito Rizzuto, and his bloody war to avenge his family and control the North American drug trade. 
     Until Vito Rizzuto went to prison in 2006 for his role in a decades-old Brooklyn triple murder, he ruled the Port of Montreal, the northern gateway to the major American drug markets. A master diplomat, he won the respect of rival mafia clans, bikers and street gangs, and criminal business thrived on his turf. His family prospered and his empire grew--until one of North America's true Teflon dons finally lost his veneer. As he watched helplessly from his Colorado prison, the murders of his son and father made international headlines; the killings of his lieutenants and friends filled the pages of Canadian news; and the influence of the 'Ndrangheta, the Calabrian Mafia, spread across Montreal faster than the blood of Rizzuto's crime family. In 2012, Vito Rizzuto emerged from prison, a 66-year-old man who could carefully rebuild his criminal empire or seek bloody revenge and damn the consequences. From the events leading to his imprisonment to his shocking death in December 2013, Business or Blood is the final chapter of Vito's story.

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Contributor notes

PETER EDWARDS has written for the Toronto Star for over 25 years, specializing in organized crime and justice issues. He is the author of 12 non-fiction books, including The Bandido Massacre: A True Story of Bikers, Brotherhood and Betrayal; One Dead Indian: The Premier, the Police and the Ipperwash Crisis; A Mother's Story: The Fight to Free My Son David (with Joyce Milgaard); and Unrepentant: The Strange and (Sometimes) Terrible Life of Lorne Campbell, Satan's Choice and Hells Angels Biker. Edwards has been awarded an eagle feather from the Union of Ontario Indians and a gold medal from the Centre for Human Rights.

ANTONIO NICASO is a bestselling author of 27 books on organized crime, a regular consultant to governments and law-enforcement agencies, a keynote speaker at symposia around the world, and a lecturer at several universities. He teaches postgraduate courses on the history of organized crime at School of Languages of Middlebury College at Mills (California). In Italy, Nicaso has co-authored 9 bestselling books, including La Malapianta (The Bad Seed, Mondadori), which sold more than 110,000 copies in its first year of publication.

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Editorial Review

“Could possibly be one of the best reads of the 2015 mafia books . . . offers a seldom seen look into the Montreal mafia and the Rizzuto crime family.” —About The Mafia
 
“The Rizzuto family story . . . seems like the perfect plot for another The Godfather film.” —Justine Lewkowicz, NewsTalk1010.com
 
“Edwards and Nicaso do a fine job of connecting the dots of criminal enterprises spanning several decades in numerous countries and including various ethno-cultural groups. . . . The authors have done exhaustive research to provide readers with the necessary background regarding organized crime in Quebec, eastern Ontario, Italy and the U.S. Their research includes information that could only be gleaned from those close to the action. . . . In Business or Blood, fans of the true-crime genre have a comprehensive telling of a recent, bloody chapter of Canadian organized-crime history. It explores the reasons mass bloodlettings take place and the repercussions for organized crime and society.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“You may be astonished at how much money, power and influence the real-life Rizzuto family of Montreal amassed and how it all came so violently tumbling down.” —CBC

PRAISE FOR PETER EDWARDS AND ANTONIO NICASO:
“Peter Edwards knows how real bad guys eat, sleep, and breathe, and on the page brings them to life--even the dead ones--better than any other true crime writer.” —Linwood Barclay, international bestselling author

“Nicaso is a world-renowned expert on organized crime.” —Julian Sher, Toronto Star

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Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards is the best-selling author of fifteen non-fiction titles and writes for The Toronto Star, specializing in organized crime and justice issues.

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