The Honoured Society

The Honoured Society

The Secret History of Italy’s Most Powerful Mafia

Atlantic Books

In the early hours of an August morning a gunfight broke out in an Italian restaurant in Duisburg. In just a few minutes over seventy shots were fired into the bodies of six men. Both victims and assassins were members of the ‘Ndrangheta crime organization: Calabria’s mafia had extended the savage tentacles of its influence outside Italy for the first time.

Petra Reski dispels the Hollywood romance surrounding the ‘Ndrangheta, revealing the huge and menacing force lurking everywhere from parliament offices to corporate headquarters – and involved in everything from petty extortion to the disposal of nuclear waste. Reski’s searing portrait of the criminals who have come to control vast swathes of Europe is a journalistic tour de force.

‘Everything I know about the Mafia, I owe to Petra Reski.’
Donna Leon

Translation: Shaun Whiteside
Published: 1st July 2012
Hardback : 234 x 156mm
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781848871342
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Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1848871359
Pages: 282

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Petra Reski was born in Unna, German in 1958. Having lived in Italy since 1989, she is a widely respected journalist known for her investigative pieces about the Mafia.