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The Wolfpack

The Millennial Mobsters Who Brought Chaos and the Cartels to the Canadian Underworld

by (author) Peter Edwards & Luis Najera

Random House of Canada
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Organized Crime, Criminology, Criminals & Outlaws
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    Oct 2021
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Joined by award-winning Mexican journalist Luis Nájera, leading organized-crime author Peter Edwards introduces a motley assortment of millennial bikers, gangsters and Mafia whose bloody trail of murders and schemes gone wrong led to the arrival in Canada of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations: the drug cartels of Mexico.

A  man  watching  the  Euro  Cup  on  a  restaurant  patio  is  shot  dead  on  a  busy  Sunday  afternoon  in  Toronto.  Another dies in a sidewalk ambush just outside a bus-tling college campus. Two men in a Vancouver hotel lobby  are  gunned  down  in  an  attack  that  sends  an  American soccer star scrambling for cover. In Mexico, a  Canadian  is  killed  at  a  Nuevo  Vallarta  coffee  shop,  his death barely registering amidst the terrifying death tolls of  President Calderón’s war on drugs and the cartels’ response; while a Montreal cop is beaten within an inch of  his life in a Playa del Carmen nightclub. An infamous heckler from an NBA Toronto Raptors game turns up dead in a bullet-riddled car in a midtown lane-way. Throughout the 2010s, these and other disparate acts of  violence entered the public awareness like iso-lated tragedies—but there was nothing isolated about them.
In this masterly investigation, veteran journalists Peter Edwards and Luis Nájera introduce readers to the common cause of  a near-decade of  chaos. Meet  the  Wolfpack,  millennial-aged gangsters from across the spectrum of  Canada’s underworld. Vying to fast-track their way into the criminal void left by the death of  Montreal godfather Vito Rizzuto, the Wolfpack sought advantage in a steady supply of cocaine from El Chapo Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel, among the deadliest and most far-reaching of criminal organizations. The juniors had just stepped into the big leagues.
This is the roiling landscape of  The Wolfpack, a brilliant examination of  a time of  criminal disruption and rapid adaptation, when one gang’s unchecked ambition unwittingly gave away the most hotly contested corner of  the Canadian underworld without a fight. Brazen criminal disruptors or entitled upstarts looking to get rich without paying their dues--whatever you think of them, you will never forget the Wolfpack.

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

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