Author(s): John Follain
The mafia murders that stunned Italy, and the thriling story of how the killers were brought to justice based on new exclusive material, including previously unexploredtestimonies of269 witnessess
May 23, 2012, marks 20 years since the mafia blew apart its "Number One Enemy," the legendary prosecutor Judge Falcone, with a motorway bomb that also killed his wife Francesca and three bodyguards. Fifty-seven days later, the mafia killed Falcone's friend and colleague, Judge Paolo Borsellino, with a car bomb outside his mother's home that also killed five bodyguards. The first book about these murders, "Vendetta" will tell the inside story of the assassination plot and the investigation that followed.It reveals Borsellino's desperate race against time to find out who killed his friend while knowing he was next on the list, and reveals the daring undercover police mission which unmasked the killers. Based on new and exclusive interviews and the testimony of investigators, mafia supergrasses, survivors, relatives, and friends, this bookrecounts the events hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute as the Mafiosi plan and carry out the murders, and as the police hunt them down."
'A compelling narrative... From the 'walking corpses' to 'distinguished cadavers', bomb plots and dissolving dead bodies in acid baths, Follain's work is testimony not only to the determination and bravery of the forces of law and order but also of the arrogance and contempt shown by the Mafia.' -- Press Association 'A cool, lucid, always vivid reconstruction... A gripping chronicle... A book which reads like a novel but is in fact a true story.' -- La Repubblica, Rome 'On the basis of new and exclusive interviews and the testimony of investigators, supergrasses, survivors, relatives and friends, John Follain tells - minute-by-minute - the story of events which marked (Italy) for ever... An unprecedented portrait of how the Sicilian Mafia operates, describing in detail how it plotted and carried out the assassinations.' -- ADNKronos news agency, Rome 'John Follain, who interviewed Judge Falcone seven months before his death... relates the assassinations and the incredible race against time of Judge Borsellino, who died 57 days after Falcone, to discover who killed his friend and colleague.' -- La Gazzetta del Sud, Bari 'The inside story of the assassination plots and investigations that followed Judge Falcone's killing.' -- John Humphrys, Today, BBCRadio 4 'A book which causes deep anger because you see Italy once again lose its best men, like Falcone and Borsellino, who were exposed to slander even before they were hit by mafia explosives'. -- Roberto Olla, ,i>TG1 news, Rome
John Follain was born in 1966. He studied at Oxford before joining Reuters, for which he worked as a correspondent in Rome and Paris. He has covered Italy for The Sunday Times since 1998. His previous books include DEATH IN PERUGIA, THE LAST GODFATHERS, which was translated into 10 languages, MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND and the international bestseller ZOYA'S STORY. He was voted runner-up for the 2006 Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, and nominated for the 2008 Magazine Journalism Awards for his interview with the Knox family.