An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Paperback ISBN: 0307475298
From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up. At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime . . . crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss—and the threat of death for him and his family—Adelstein decided to step down . . . momentarily. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter—who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor—to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a fascination, and an education, from first to last. From the Hardcover edition.
A Journey Throuh the Global Criminal Underworld
Paperback ISBN: 1400095123
A critical study of the globalization of international organized crime explains how both global crime and terrorism are fueled by Western affluence and how demands for illegal wares and services have led to the spread of organized crime, and tracks the rise and influence of this global underworld in Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and beyond. Reprint.
Breaking and Entering
The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien"
Hardcover ISBN: 0544903218
The author of Epic Measures presents the story of an anonymous MIT graduate and cybersecurity spycrafter who runs a sophisticated hacking boutique catering to the world's biggest and most vulnerable institutions. 30,000 first printing.
America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
Paperback ISBN: 0393347257
Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career—from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders. It was after a nine-year stint in Alcatraz and other prisons that Whitey reunited with his brother William "Billy" Bulger, who was soon to become one of Massachusetts’s most powerful politicians. He also became reacquainted with John Connolly, who had grown up around the corner from the Bulgers and was now—with Billy’s help—a rising star at the FBI. Once Whitey emerged triumphant from the bloody Boston gang wars, Connolly recruited him as an informant against the Mafia. Their clandestine relationship made Whitey untouchable; the FBI overlooked gambling, drugs, and even homicide to protect their source. Among the close-knit Irish community in South Boston, nothing was more important than honor and loyalty, and nothing was worse than being a rat. Whitey is charged with the deaths of nineteen people killed over turf, for business, and even for being informants; yet to this day he denies he ever gave up his friends or landed anyone in jail. Based on exclusive access and previously undisclosed documents, Cullen and Murphy explore the truth of the Whitey Bulger story. They reveal for the first time the extent of his two parallel family lives with different women, as well as his lifelong paranoia stemming in part from his experience in the CIA’s MKULTRA program. They describe his support of the IRA and his hitherto-unknown role in the Boston busing crisis, and they show a keen understanding of his mindset while on the lam and behind bars. The result is the first full portrait of this legendary criminal figure—a gripping story of wiseguys and cops, horrendous government malfeasance, and a sixteen-year manhunt that climaxed in Whitey’s dramatic capture in Santa Monica in June 2011. With a new afterword covering the trial, this book promises to become a true-crime classic.
City of Devils
The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai
Hardcover ISBN: 1250170583
A rags-to-riches tale of two self-made men set against a backdrop of crime and vice in the sprawling badlands of 1930s Shanghai by the bestselling author of Midnight in Peking.
A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System
Paperback ISBN: 0312427794
A groundbreaking account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra describes how this murderous organized crime network and its international associates have gained control of the Neapolitan region in such areas as construction, high fashion, illegal drug trafficking, and toxic waste disposal and its influence on every aspect of Neopolitan life. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
The Brothers Bulger
How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century
Paperback ISBN: 1455579769
Provides a portrait of Boston's infamous Bulger brothers--Whitey, the city's most feared mobster and one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, and Billy, a political power in the Massachusetts state senate.