Norman Lewis gives a fascinating and detailed account of how the Mafia was returned to power in 1944 by the unsuspecting US army, after Mussolini had come close to destroying it. He looks at the Mafia in their homeland and how in their attempt to preserve Sicily for the Sicilians, despite countless invasions, they infiltrated every aspect of the island’s life, corrupting landowners, police, the judiciary and even the church. In one chilling chapter, Lewis details the escapades of eighty- year-old Padre Camelo who led his monks on sprees of murder and extortion, frequently using the confessional box for transmitting threats.
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