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Una vita da infiltrato
Author: Giorgio Sturlese Tosi
Publisher: Bur
ISBN: 8858624742
Pages: 229
Year: 2012-01-23
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"Tony era teso. C'era il rischio di essere scoperti. E c'era il rischio che, messo alle strette, Granos aprisse il fuoco e tentasse la fuga dalla parte opposta dell'edificio. Era un piano organizzato malissimo. L'imperativo a quel punto era sopravvivere." Poliziotti, carabinieri, finanzieri per cui un solo passo falso può significare la morte: gli infiltrati. Professionisti che mettono a repentaglio la propria incolumità fingendosi trafficanti, ladri, manager senza scrupoli. Sturlese Tosi è riuscito ad avvicinarli e per la prima volta possiamo ascoltarne i racconti. L'agente che per incastrare un branco di stupratori ha vissuto nove mesi in un campo rom, o la prima missione di un'infiltrata che si è finta donna d'affari dedita al riciclaggio di denaro sporco; il dilemma di chi tra le maglie del narcotraffico internazionale si commuove per la sorte dei figli di una criminale, o il resoconto di una collaborazione con la Dea che ci porta negli ingranaggi della camorra. Storie di personaggi duri, difficili, abituati a vivere oltre il limite - tra gli eccessi o nella più nera miseria - attraverso le quali scopriamo i segreti del loro mestiere, le strategie e le tecniche, le procedure operative, l'importanza del sangue freddo e dell'abilità di improvvisazione. Ma anche le paure, le problematiche psicologiche di chi si costruisce una vita "sbagliata", lo stress del rischio costante. Un libro inedito e coinvolgente, che ci porta nel mondo di chi lavora tutti i giorni dietro le linee nemiche.
ZeroZeroZero
Author: Roberto Saviano
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143109375
Pages: 448
Year: 2016-08
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An analysis of the international cocaine trade and its less-understood role in the global economy explores its rules, armies and influence on everyday life, detailing the arrangements among leading cartels and the violent extent of their power.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Author: David Michaels, Tom Clancy
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425231046
Pages: 405
Year: 2009
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While training new recruits for the Splinter Cells, the Third Echelon discovers a shocking piece of evidence relating to the depletion of their ranks that is linked to a traitor. Original.
A Scanner Darkly
Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher:
ISBN: 057507681X
Pages: 217
Year: 2006
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Substance D -- otherwise known as Death -- is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way on to the black market. It destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres, leading first to disorentation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user, and soon, without knowing what is happening to him, he is as dependent as any of the addicts he is monitoring.
Divorce Islamic Style
Author: Amara Lakhous
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 160945894X
Pages: 184
Year: 2012-03-27
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From the author of Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio The Italian secret service has recieved intel that a group of Muslim immigrants based in Rome's Viale Marconi neighborhood is planning a terrorist attack. Christian Mazzari, a young Sicilian court translator who speaks perfect Arabic, goes undercover to infiltrate the group and learn who its leaders are. Christian poses as Issa, a recently arrived Tunisian in search of a place to sleep and a job. He soon meets Sofia, a young Egyptian immigrant whose life with her husband, Said a.k.a Felice, an architect who has reinvented himself as a pizza cook, is anything but fulfilling. In alternating voices, with an anthropologist's keen eye and with sparkling wit Lakhous examines the commonplaces and stereotypes typical of life in multicultural societies. Divorce Islamic Style mixes the rational and the absurd as it describes the conflicts and the contradictions of today's world. Marvelous set pieces, episodes rich in pathos, brilliant dialogue, and mordant folk proverbs combine as the novel moves towards an unforgettable and surprising finale that will have readers turning back to the first page of Lakhous's stunning novel to begin the ride all over again.
Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business
Author: Joe Pistone
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN: 0786741198
Pages: 300
Year: 2008-05-27
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When FBI Special Agent Joe Pistone began a “six-month” operation infiltrating New York's Bonanno crime family in 1975, he had no idea what was about to happen. Posing as jewel thief “Donnie Brasco,” Pistone spent the next six years undercover in the Family, witnessing-and sometimes participating in-the Mafia's gruesome activities while gathering enough evidence to send over 200 gangsters to jail. Pistone told his story in the 1988 book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia-a New York Times bestseller and later a feature film starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. But because of pending trials at the time of publication, many details of the alleged crimes were held back. Now, in Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business, Pistone for the first time reveals with great detail the horrific deeds of wiseguys Tony Mirra, “Lefty” Ruggiero, Sonny Black, and the rest of the cold-blooded Bonanno crew. Pistone puts the operation into historical perspective, detailing the timeline of Mafia trials that crippled the New York City crime family over the past 25 years. He also recounts his experiences after the operation, his time on the Hollywood set with Pacino and Depp, and other undercover operations through present-day. A tense, thrilling account of the greatest infiltration ever by a federal agent into the most brutal gang of killers in the world, Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business is the final chapter in the story of a real American hero.
The Journals of John Cheever
Author: John Cheever
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307790290
Pages: 416
Year: 2011-10-05
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In these journals, the experiences of one of the most renowned twentieth-century American writers come to life with fascinating, wholly revealing detail.John Cheever's journals provide peerless insights into the creation of his novels and stories. But they are equally the record of a complex, often dark, always closely observed inner world. No American writer of comparable stature has left such an unreservedly revealing and moving account of himself: his family life, his literary life, and his emotional life. The final word from one of modern America's great writers, The Journals of John Cheever provides a powerful and beautiful capstone to a towering oeuvre. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Supernotes
Author: Agent Kasper, Luigi Carletti
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
ISBN: 0385540086
Pages: 272
Year: 2016-01-12
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In the Cambodian hinterlands, a lone Western prisoner suffers through a hot, muddy, interminable sentence. Wasted by repeated torture, lack of sleep, malnutrition, and psychotropic drugs, he has been abandoned. His years of exemplary service to his government mean nothing. No one is coming for him. This is Agent Kasper, a man with a staggering résumé: commercial airline pilot, firearms expert, highly accomplished practitioner of several of the martial arts, a secret agent par excellence. It is this incredible competence that will be his undoing. While investigating Mafia money laundering in Phnom Penh, Kasper is approached by the CIA to track down the source of the so-called supernotes—illegal U.S. banknotes counterfeited so perfectly that they are undetectable, even by sophisticated machines—that are flooding Southeast Asia. With patience, skill, and courage, Kasper uncovers the explosive secret behind them and is badly burned by the truth. Meanwhile, back in Rome, a sharp, scrappy lawyer named Barbara Belli has been hired by Kasper’s family to work for his release. She has contacts in the foreign ministry, and while officials make sweeping claims about moving heaven and earth, nothing happens. It’s more than just creaking bureaucracy. Kasper has really pissed off the wrong people. Based on true events in the life of a former spy, Kasper’s journey makes for a shocking and spellbinding page-turner of petty corruption, high-level betrayal, and state secrets so powerful that governments will protect them by any means. From the Hardcover edition.
The Silence of the Wave
Author: Gianrico Carofiglio
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 0847841391
Pages: 296
Year: 2013-10-01
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A stand-alone thriller from best-selling Italian crime writer Gianrico Carofiglio, whose work has been translated into twenty-four languages. Every Monday and Thursday, Roberto Marías crosses Rome on foot for his appointment with his psychiatrist. There he sits in silence, flooded by memories. He remembers surfing with his father as a child. He remembers the treacherous years he spent working as an undercover agent, years that taught him how cynicism and corruption are not merely external influences but exist within us as well. His past has left him devastated, but now his psychiatrist’s words, his hypnotic strolls through Rome, and a chance meeting with a woman named Emma—who, like Roberto, is ravaged by a profound guilt—begin to painfully revive him. And when eleven-year-old Giacomo asks Roberto to help him conquer his nightmares, Roberto at last achieves a true rebirth. A thriller about human faults, frailties, and the painful bond between fathers and sons. Praise for The Silence of the Wave: "A novel distinguished by the natural gift of prose as smooth and silent as a perfect wave." —Paolo Di Stefano, Corriere della Sera "A literary jigsaw full of plot twists." —Luciana Sica, La Repubblica
10 Days in a Madhouse (Annotated)
Author: Nellie Bly
Publisher: Golgotha Press
ISBN: 1629174548
Pages: 100
Year: 2015-11-08
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In 1887, an ambitious journalist named Nellie Bly went on an undercover assignment to disclose the mistreatment of women at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. The story created shockwaves throughout the country and caused reform in mental hospitals. It also launched Bly’s career. Bly recounts her experience in this book. This book is annotated with a short biography on Nellie Bly.
The Infiltrator
Author: Robert Mazur
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316080373
Pages: 384
Year: 2009-07-27
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The electrifying true story that inspired the major new motion picture The Infiltrator Robert Mazur spent years undercover infiltrating the Medellín Cartel's criminal hierarchy. The dirty bankers and businessmen he befriended-some of whom still shape power across the globe-knew him as Bob Musella, a wealthy, mob-connected big shot living the good life. Together they partied in $1,000-per-night hotel suites, drank bottles of the world's finest champagne, drove Rolls-Royce convertibles, and flew in private jets. But under Mazur's Armani suits and in his Renwick briefcase, recorders whirred silently, capturing the damning evidence of their crimes. The Infiltrator is the story of how Mazur helped bring down the unscrupulous bankers who manipulated complex international finance systems to serve drug lords, corrupt politicians, tax cheats, and terrorists. It is a shocking chronicle of the rise and fall of one of the biggest and most intricate money-laundering operation of all time-an enterprise that cleaned and moved hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Filled with dangerous lies, near misses, and harrowing escapes, The Infiltrator is as bracing and explosive as the greatest fiction thrillers-only it's all true.
Variable Star
Author: Vittorio Sereni, Luigi Bonaffini
Publisher: Guernica Editions
ISBN: 1550710877
Pages: 83
Year: 1999
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In the text, the poet's discourse centres on 'variations' of a few fundamental themes, among which predominates, from the very first poem, the theme of death. This poetry tends to resolve itself into an oscillatory movement of lights and shadows, a movement which on the one hand reflects the changeability of reality -- it is not by chance that Sereni inserts on the inside cover, in an almost programmatic way, this line from Montaigne: 'Fluctuating and changeable life' -- and on the other, the contrasts and changes in the poet's spirit.
A Cool Breeze on the Underground
Author: Don Winslow
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312958641
Pages: 323
Year: 1996-06-15
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Columbia University graduate student and private eye Neal Carey is called upon to repay the institution that financed his education by tracking down Allie Chase, the missing rebellious daughter of a prominent senator. Reprint.
The Almighty
Author: Irving Wallace
Publisher: Crossroad Press
ISBN:
Pages: 350
Year: 2015-03-24
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Edward Armstead has lived much of his life in the shadow of his famous media lord father. When his father dies, he leaves a will that makes it nearly impossible for Edward to keep the thing he wants most - The New York Record - his father's flagship newspaper. Edward's determination to exceed his father drives him to embark on two obssesive quiests - to make the New York Reporter the number one nerwspaper in the city - and the the world - and to make his father's young mistress his own. In a swiftly paced and prescient story reaching out of Manhattan into the inner circles of power in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Isarael, a growing wave of violence gives the publisher sensational headlines, exclusive to the Record, that turn Armstead into a media legend almost overnight. As Weston begins to believe his own hype, considering himself media's 'Almighty', a young, prize-winning investigative reporter on his staff, Victoria Weston, begins to suspect that someone is manipulating front-page news. As she follows her investigation through France and back to Manhattan, she begins to suspect the terrible truth. This novel brings Rupert Murdoch and the current string of media scandals immediately to mind. A sobering tale of power, corruption, and madness at the highest levels from a master craftsman of the written word.
Fino all'ultima bugia
Author: Mario Nejrotti
Publisher: Edizioni Esordienti E-book
ISBN: 8866901342
Pages: 240
Year: 2013-06-09
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Italia, Torino. Una banda di delinquenti, gestita da un potente e misterioso personaggio, sta preparando, in collaborazione con importanti famiglie calabresi, un sostanzioso traffico di cocaina. Ma anche quando un’operazione sembra semplice non bisogna mai sottovalutarne i rischi, soprattutto quando le distrazioni aumentano. Croazia, isola di Lissa. Dal traghetto in arrivo dall’Italia sbarcano Matteo, un giovane dottore torinese, e Chiara, una studentessa anch’essa di Torino. Come i loro sguardi si incrociano, è subito amore, ma un oscuro passato rincorre la ragazza. Chiara sta scappando. Da chi? E soprattutto, perché? Una giovane universitaria, un affascinante medico alla ricerca della vocazione perduta, carichi di cocaina provenienti dal Sud America, un’organizzazione di malviventi torinesi, un giovane poliziotto infiltrato, un generale ufficialmente in pensione e ufficiosamente molto attivo come agente speciale per i servizi segreti italiani e una combriccola di ex militari croati sempre pronti a battersi per una buona causa: questi sono i variegati ingredienti che compongono l’intreccio dell’avvincente romanzo di Mario Nejrotti. Il risultato è un mix perfetto tra storia d’amore, spy-story, romanzo d’avventura e poliziesco. Non è una semplice storia di droga e non è una smielata storia d’amore fine a se stessa: tra bugie, rocambolesche avventure e incredibili colpi di scena, la tensione cresce sempre più e con essa la curiosità. Questo è uno di quei libri che si leggono tutti d’un soffio, un romanzo coinvolgente che terrà con il fiato sospeso fino all’ultima pagina. Chiara Bertino

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