Review of "Mafia Life" by Federico Varese

In Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime, Federico Varese offers the reader a journey into the human dimensions of mafia members. Through unfolding stories from the Japanese Yakuza, the Chinese Triads, the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, the Calabrian N’Drangheta, the New York Mafia and the Russian Vory-v-Vakone, we obtain new ways of thinking about the existential identity and fragility of different mafia groups across the world. Varese responds to some fundamental issues and questions: what are the codes when a person is associated with the Mafia; how do mafia groups recruit their members; what happens to loved ones when a mafioso breaks the rules; and how do you rise to