Joined by an award-winning Mexican journalist, leading organized-crime author Peter Edwards reveals the successors to Vito Rizzuto's criminal dominance, a motley assortment of millennial bikers, gangsters and Mafia whose bloody trail of murders and schemes gone wrong led to the arrival on Canada's doorstep of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations: the drug cartels of Mexico.
Following the death of Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto in 2013, a group of young criminals rose to fill the vacuum in power on his old turf. Targetting the old guard of Mafia and 'Ndrangheta, still led in many cases by men in their seventies and eighties and steeped in a highly structured, quasi-religious criminal tradition, the newcomers were nothing like their predecessors. The impatient millennials leading this self-styled "Wolfpack" were organized-crime disruptors who grew up with technology at their fingertips in a socially networked criminal underworld. They're part of Canada's most ethnically diverse generation, and their organization was as inclusive as it is criminal. They shared an overwhelming sense of entitlement, with a self-assuredness that astonished their rivals but left them foolishly exposed to law enforcement, enemies and the force in global crime they were arrogant enough to think they could handle doing business with. The dominant and most violent force in the global narcotics trade through the 2000s, Mexico's Sinaloa and Los Zetas drug cartels, recognized the naivety of their eager new customers up north and invited themselves to Canada to take advantage.
In times of chaos and collapsing orders, disruptors rule. But was this new gang the new underworld order, or just the latest challenger in an ongoing upheaval in the wake of Rizzuto's death? The bloody answers are in The Wolfpack.
PETER EDWARDS is the bestselling author of 15 non-fiction books and one young adult novel. Edwards is executive producer for the City TV series Bad Blood, based on his book Business or Blood; Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War, co-authored by Italian journalist Antonio Nicaso. Edwards is the first ever beat reporter on organized crime for the Toronto Star. He has been awarded an eagle feather from the Union of Ontario Indians and a gold medal from the Centre for Human Rights.
LUIS HORACIO NÁJERA is an acclaimed journalist and crime analyst from Mexico who has lived in exile in Canada since 2008. Nájera was a reporter for Grupo Reforma based in Ciudad Juárez, a notorious gateway to the lucrative North American drug market and widely deemed from 2008 to 2012 the most dangerous place on Earth. He was the PEN Canada-George Brown Writer in Residence in Toronto, and recipient of the 2010 CJFE International Press Freedom Award and one of the 2011 Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammet Awards. He is a member of Massey College and former fellow at the Citizen Lab/Canada Centre for Global Security Studies. He received a Master's of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto.