Blood-soaked history of ‘a hell of a drug’

Blood-soaked history of ‘a hell of a drug’

Non-FICTION: Zero Zero Zero. By Roberto Saviano. Translated by Virginia Jewiss. Allen Lane, €20.

To borrow the excitable words of George Galloway’s tribute to Saddam Hussein, there is little option but to salute Roberto Saviano’s courage, his strength, his indefatigability. Nine years ago, he went under armed police guard after receiving multiple death threats from the Neapolitan Mafia, whose leading figures he had exposed in his best-selling book Gomorrah. He remains under carabinieri protection to this day.

It’s typical of Saviano’s determination not to let the godfathers...

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