Synopses & Reviews
As if fighting terrorism isn't enough for Western law-enforcement and security agencies, now they face new and disturbing trends among criminal gangs. First, criminal gangs are expanding their activities to reach around the world. Second, they are engaging in cooperative ventures, such as trading drugs for arms. Third, they have become more ruthless. Cunning, and dangerous, even so far as to number terrorist among their clients.
In their ground-breaking book, Antonio Nicaso, and internationally renowned expert on organized crime groups, and Lee Lamothe, a veteran investigative journalist specializing in criminal conspiracies and human smuggling, present solid evidence of how established organized crime groups—such as the Mafia and Triads—have changed tactics to face the challenges of a changing underworld—a world that is seeing the rise of violent and power-hungry gangs from Albania, Mexico and Russia.
ANGELS, MOBSTERS AND NARCO-TERRORISTS. Offers a brutally realistic look at how the United States and Canada, due to their shared border, have become prime targets for criminal empires that routinely engage in money laundering and traffic in human cargo, narcotics, arms, and prostitution. On the international scene, the book reveals how state-sanctioned crime thieves on heroin profits and cyber crime is emerging as a very lucrative and baffling activity to investigate and shut down.
From Outlaw motorcycle gangs to narco-terrorists, this book takes the reader inside the world of organized crime—the criminals and their crimes, the victims, and the investigators. It is an unflinching look at how far organized crime has penetrated our lives.
The writers portray Canada as a haven for criminals and terrorists, and a major supplier of marijuana. The evidence they offer is powerful ad convincing...[a] massive body count that continues to climb as drug profits continue to grow..."--Phonse Jessome, The Gazette (Montreal)
“Looking beyond the cliché, Angels, Mobsters and Narco-Terrorists looks at organized crime in a way that is rarely done. It reveals a rich history, thick in interesting details, that helps one better understand why some of these organizations enjoy the power they do today.”—Paul Cherry, Journalist/Reporter, The Gazette ( Montreal)
“Angels, Mobsters and Narco-Terrorists traces an emerging pax mafia, where warlords. Drug barons, Godfathers, terrorists and corrupt government officials work to feed the world’s seemingly insatiable appetite for illicit goods. This gripping survey of emerging threats whisks us from the sweaty jungles of South Asia to mysterious North Korean government offices; from the bloody border towns of Mexico to a startling village in Italy, where outlaws are a time-honored tradition.”—Adrian Humphreys, Author of the Enforcer and Crime Reporter with the National Post
“In their new book, Angels, Mobsters and Narco-Terrorists, Lamothe and Nicaso have once again set the standard for organized crime writing. They have provided a timely exposé on the state of global crime and the significant trends that have transpired since the publication of their influential tome Global Mafia. This illuminating sequel helps cement their reputation as Canada’s top experts on organized crime in this country and beyond.”—Stephen Schneider, PH.D., Department of Sociology and Criminal Law, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
A frightening look at transnational criminal empires
Two veteran crime reporters, using classified documents and firsthand research, detail how traditional organized crime has morphed into an international monster with expansive ties to terrorist groups and government-sanctioned criminal activity. Angels, Mobsters and Narco-Terrorists offers a brutally realistic look at how the United States and Canada, due to their shared border, have become a prime market for criminal empires that routinely engage in money laundering and traffic in human cargo, narcotics, arms, and prostitution. Using proprietary resources, Nicaso and Lamothe provide an unflinching inside look at just how far organized crime has penetrated Canada and the U.S., how criminal groups are globally interconnected, and how difficult it is to bring their members to justice.
Antonio Nicaso (Toronto, ON, Canada) and Lee Lamothe (Toronto, ON, Canada) are the authors of the bestselling Bloodlines: The Rise and Fall of the Mafia s Royal Family.
In this ground-breaking book, Antonio Nicaso, an internationally renowned expert on organized crime groups, and Lee Lamothe, a veteran investigative journalist specializing in criminal conspiracies, present solid evidence of how established organized crime groups--such as the Mafia and the Triads--have changed their tactics and allegiances to protect their interests against the rise of violent and power-hungry gangs from Albania, Mexico, and Russia.
Angels, Mobsters, & Narco-Terrorists reveals how, due to their shared border, the USA and Canada have become prime targets for criminal groups that engage in money laundering and prostitution rings, and trafficking in human cargo, narcotics, and arms. On the international scene, state-sanctioned crime is thriving on heroin profits and cyber crime is emerging as a very lucrative and baffling activity to investigate and shut down.
Dive inside the world of organized crime and discover how far it has penetrated our lives.
About the Author
Antonio Nicaso is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, university lecturer, and internationally recognized expert on organized crime. He is known to have publsihed, for the first time, the secretive "Mafia's Code." His books have been translated into a smany as six languages. His most recent book is Rocco Perri: The Story of Canada's Most Notoriuos Bootlegger (Wiley, 0-470-83526-5, 2004).
Lee Lamothe is the author of Criminal Acts II, Global Mafia and Bloodlines: The Rise and Fall of the Mafia's Royal Family (with Antonio Nicaso), and the novel The Last Thief. Soon to be published is his book on human cargo smuggling titled The Trail of Misery (HarperCollins). Lee Lamothe has covered organized crime as a journalist, author and financial crime investigator, and has conducted investigations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: ITALIAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUPS.
La Costa Nostra.
Sacra Corona Unita.
PART TWO: ASIAN ORGANIZED CRIME.
Operation Candy Box.
The 125 Organization.
Japanese/Korean Crime Groups.
Korean Organized Crime.
The North Korean Government.
PART THREE: RUSSIAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUPS.
Crime and Emigration.
Vory v Zakone.
Semion Mogilevich and the YBM Scandal.
PART FOUR: ISRAELI ORGANIZED CRIME.
The Estasy Connection.
The Rosenstein-Aberjil War.
PART FIVE: ALBANIAN ORGANIZED CRIME.
The Balkan Connection.
A Terrorist Connection?
PART SIX: COLOMBIAN AND MEXICAN CARTELS.
The Border Economy.
The Rise and Fall of Cartels.
International Criminal Networks.
PART SEVEN: OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS.
Businessmen in Biker Attire.
PART EIGHT: AFRICAN ORGANIZED CRIME.
The Black Hole.
PART NINE: NARCO-TERRORISM.
Brothers in Arms and Drugs.
PART TEN: CANADA: THE TRIPLE-THREAT COMPANY.
Haven, Transit and Source.