After enemies murdered his family and plundered his empire, a legendary Mafioso emerged from prison to a fateful dilemma: Rebuild or seek revenge?
Montreal godfather Vito Rizzuto sat helpless in a Colorado penitentiary while learning that unidentified assassins had killed his eldest son, and likely heir, and then murdered his father. Subsequent deaths of Vito’s loyal associates filled the news throughout hissentence. From their comfortable base in the Toronto area, the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta seemed the obvious culprits; but, as internationally bestselling crime writers Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso reveal in this compelling and far-reaching investigation, many unseen hands were at work. In 2012, Vito Rizzuto emerged from prison, a sixty-six-year-old man who could carefully reconstruct his crime family or damn the consequences and punish his betrayers. From the events leading to his imprisonment, through the bloodshed following his release, to his mysterious death in 2013 and morerecent efforts to continue his family’s dominance, Bad Blood is the final word in the story of a twenty-first-century criminal mastermind.
About the authors
PETER EDWARDS, crime reporter for the Toronto Star, is the author of ten books, including the highly praised One Dead Indian: The Premier, the Police and the Ipperwash Crisis. Edwards has been nominated four times for the Arthur Ellis Award and has been interviewed about organized crime forthe Mob Stories and Outlaw Biker series for History Television. A two-hour History Television documentary on The Bandido Massacre is currently in development. Edwards works in Toronto. Visit www.bandidomassacre.com.
“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
Other titles by Peter Edwards
The Millennial Mobsters Who Brought Chaos and the Cartels to the Canadian Underworld
Linteaux de Paris
Lintels of Paris
Bernie Guindon and the Reign of the Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club
The Biker's Brother
Business or Blood
Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War
The Strange and (Sometimes) Terrible Life of Lorne Campbell, Satan's Choice and Hells Angels Biker
The Encyclopedia of Canadian Organized Crime
From Captain Kidd to Mom Boucher
Bandido Massacre, The
A True Story Of Bikers, Brotherhood And Be
A True Story Of Bikers, Brotherhood And Betraya