Vendetta by John Follain


This book is a little outside of the remit of the site as it is non-fiction, but it is deserving of inclusion here and is definitely worth a read.

It is an account of the campaign of terror the mafia carried out in Italy in the early 1990s, particularly the 1992 assassinations of anti-mafia Judges Falcone and Borsellino who were targeted because of their efforts to prosecute mafia ‘bosses’ and get them to collaborate with the state.

Journalist Follain does an excellent job describing the events chronologically and allows everyone to express their point of view through their own words. The oppressive security that the judges live under and their certainty that eventually time will run out are well described, as are the mafia preparations for a massive motorway bomb to kill Falcone.

The book is an excellent introduction to what happened in Italy at the time and just about all of it was new to me. Well worth a look.