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Mafioso: The bloody and compelling history of the Mafia - from its birth in Italy to its invasion of America and present-day global infiltration - told by an Australian undercover insider

Colin McLaren

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The compelling and definitive history of the Mafia, written by Colin McLaren, bestselling author of JFK: The Smoking Gun and ex-undercover cop with personal experience of the Mafia's ongoing hold on criminal activity worldwide

The Mafia remains a subject of fascination around the world, depicted in books, films and TV series. But in his role as an undercover drug squad cop, Colin McLaren (bestselling author of JFK: The Smoking Gun) actually became a mafioso. After McLaren's extraordinary three years undercover in the Mafia, gathering the evidence to shut down a cell of 20 criminals, and following death threats, he travelled to Italy - into the lion's den - on an extraordinary mission in search of the very roots of the Mafia, seeking to understand its treacherous hold on criminal activity and the popular imagination.

This is the story of how the earliest Mafia aided politicians to invade Sicily, and how the mints and banks of Italy were looted and billions stolen. How ocean liners were used to smuggle Mafia into New York City, to establish the infamous Five Families. Aided by corruption, the earliest Godfathers conquered their territories on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching out like a slimy octopus. Since then, behind the distraction of global terrorism they have employed a labyrinth of commercial real estate, drug trafficking and investments to build their modern-day empire, estimated to be worth 400 billion Euros annually.

Mafioso also details the scourge of Mafia in Australia, as McLaren finds himself in the centre of it all, undercover, trying to solve a 1990s rampage of crime.

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Colin McLaren

Colin McLaren was one of Australia's finest detectives; he travelled the world on high-end investigations during the 1980s and 1990s. He faced down the underbelly of Australian crime and his work has been the subject of many police genre documentaries and television series. A film of his hugely successful first book, INFILTRATION, the true story of his efforts as an undercover cop, was made in 2011. Colin writes constantly and is a regular advisor to TV and cinema productions. His investigation into JFK s death has been exhaustive: he spent 4.5 years on his cold case study and forensic analysis of all the testimonies and police reports to uncover the truth. He has made a powerful US-based documentary about JFK's murder that will screen worldwide in November 2013 - the fiftieth anniversary of the President's death.

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