Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has outlined a plan to tackle what he describes as Mafia Inc. He was responding to the author of the book Gomorrah, which focussed on the Camorra around Naples. The Italian police think that organised crime in Italy makes up about 10 per cent of the GDP, or around 170 bn euros. The Sicilian Cosa Nostra, the Mafia, takes a big part of that, and the economic crisis in Italy has enabled them and the Camorra in Naples to reach into established businesses, baling them out of trouble with dirty money in return for a legitimate front. Quite how the charismatic but inexperienced new prime minister will achieve what generations of governments have not been able to is unclear.
In the Golden Tide you can read how the organised crime families walk the very fine line between legal and illicit, and how society suffers as a result. Fiction is often truer than fact.