Business or Blood

Business or Blood

Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War

Book - 2015
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Presents the story of vito Rizzuto, a powerful leader of the Canadian mafia, examining the events that landed him in an American prison and prior to his death in December 2013.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2015
ISBN: 9780345813763
Branch Call Number: 364.1092 EDW
Characteristics: xviii, 311 p. [8] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nicaso, Antonio


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Mar 19, 2015

I enjoyed this fact finding novel that laid out the history of the Rizzuto crime family. It was well researched and gave you an insight into the workings of the mafia and just how much power they had in eastern Canada and in particular how they infiltrated local government in Montreal.

Having lived in Montreal I was familiar with where these events took place but found the many characters and the Italian names confusing at times.

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