544 pages, 9 × 5.97 × 1.21 in
August 7, 2012
Random House Of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307360415
ISBN - 13: 9780307360410
Read from the Book
Vacant lots have always attracted kids and always will. Those of Ozone Park are no exception. The children of this neighbourhood in Queens, one of New York’s five storied boroughs, are no different from those anywhere else in the world: they love to explore these plots of land abandoned by grown-ups, where wild grasses grow freely in disorderly thatches that stir the imagination. Where heaps of rubble may hide treasures. Or dead bodies. Until the nineteenth century, vegetable farmers still grew crops on this part of Long Island. One entrepreneur raised goats—not so much for their milk or meat but for their hides, which he fashioned into gloves. New York City’s tentacular sprawl had yet to extend much beyond Manhattan; but once the Long Island Rail Road pushed through the fields that lay between Brooklyn and Howard Beach, real estate developers did what they do best: they built. They put up cottages on the farmland and gave the new subdivision a name with a suitably bucolic ring to it: “Ozone Park” evoked the pleasant maritime aromas brought by cool Atlantic breezes. Manhattan urbanites had to be quick to sign their purchase offers if they hoped to move in and have their families enjoy the healthy sea air—which they did, en masse. The area eventually attracted its share of well-known figures, including folkmusic legend Woody Guthrie. Franco-American author Jack Kerouac penned his famed beat opus On the Road here. Thousands of Italian Americans would also settle in Ozone Park,
From the Publisher
Updated and available for the first time in English, Mafia Inc. reveals how the Rizzuto clan built their Canadian empire through force and corruption, alliances and compromises, and turned it into one of the most powerful criminal organizations in North America. Relying on extensive court documents, police sources and sources in the family's home village in Sicily, Montréal journalists André Cédilot and André Noël reconstruct the history of the Rizzuto clan, and expose how its business extends throughout Canada and the world, shaping the criminal underworld, influencing politicians and bending the will of business leaders to their own self-satisfying ends.
About the Author
ANDRÉ CÉDILOT was a justice reporter at Montréal's La Presse for 35 years, with a special interest in Italian mafia and organized crime. Often interviewed as an authority on these subjects, he regularly acts as a consultant for documentaries and television series.
ANDRÉ NOËL has been an investigative reporter at La Presse for over 20 years. His work has won him several prestigious awards in Québec and across Canada. He often writes with André Cédilot about the mafia. In the course of his career, he has published six books on a wide range of subjects. The author lives in Montréal, Québec.
Shortlist - Governor General's Award - Translation (2012)
"An inside look at the Montréal Mafia's power, influence and dysfunction."
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