With just a few days left on my Indiegogo campaign, it is unlikely that I’ll meet my entire crowd-funding goal. But I’ve raised enough for plane tickets, so there’s no turning back. Cosa Nostra, here I come!
My two biggest challenges on this trip (besides money, and the unexpected) will be snowy mountain passes and trying to photograph locations in two mob-heavy cities I’ve never visited: Cannicattì & Favara.
Advance praise: “Carl Russo’s The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide is a seminal piece of work that manages to bridge the gap between John Dickie’s Cosa Nostra and Lonely Planet Sicily. Only exhaustive research and the scalpel-like observations of an Italian-American could create such a unique hybrid. The insights into The Mob are at once fascinating and lurid, made all the more appealing by the in-your-face reality of the many iconic images of the raw underbelly of Sicily. If you’ve followed the infamous tourist trails of the fictional novels, then how much more will you want to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by this odyssey into the true Mafia underworld? They say fact is stranger than fiction—take this journey with Russo and learn that it is also more perilous.” — Crozier Green, author of The Fratellanza Contract and Gladio Resurrection.