“Inside the Montreal Mafia is an entertaining, illuminating, and often sobering look at the downfall of the Rizzuto crime family … Highly readable and engaging.” — Montreal Review of Books
A groundbreaking, exclusive inside look at the North American Mafia and the Rizzuto family
For the first time in Canadian history, a high-ranking mafioso agreed to break the code of omertà by talking to journalists. From October 2014 to October 2019, Félix Séguin and Eric Thibault held multiple secret meetings with Andrew Scoppa, getting an exclusive inside look at the inner workings of the North American Mafia. This book is the culmination of their perilous investigation. It sheds light on the life — and death — of one of the most influential organized crime figures in recent years.
At exactly 2 p.m., there was a knock at the door. It was him: the source every journalist dreamed of having. The short man was armed and placed his gun on a table.
“Are you impressed?” he asked with a broad grin.
“Yes. Very much.”
Before me was Andrew Scoppa, close confidant of the late mafia boss Vito Rizzuto, international heroin trafficker and cold-blooded killer.
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Born in Gaspésie, Eric Thibault has covered police and organized crime in Quebec since 1993. He has written for the Journal de Montréal since 2011.
Félix Séguin has covered multiple major national and international news stories since the early 2000s. He specializes in police investigations and organized crime. Inside the Montreal Mafia is the third collaboration between Eric Thibault and Félix Séguin, following Gallant: Confessions d’un tueur à gages and Le livre noir des Hells Angels. Séguin and Thibault are both members of the Québecor Investigative Bureau.
Published: June 2022
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.
“A fresh, fascinating, deep look at the Montreal Mafia, told by two veteran journalists with a firm grip on their subject matter and a knack for storytelling.” — Peter Edwards, co-author of The Wolfpack: The Millennial Mobsters Who Brought Chaos and the Cartels to the Canadian Underworld (with Luis Horacio Nájera)
“A unique look at the inner workings of the crime leaders in Canada … There are many things to learn from this book.” — Lance Writes blog
“An excellent true crime read.” — BookZone blog
“Located somewhere near the intersection of an in-depth profile of the inner machinations of organized crime in Quebec, a recent history of the Montreal Mafia, and a years-long interview with a high-ranking gangster in need of a good psychologist, Inside the Montreal Mafia is an entertaining, illuminating, and often sobering look at the downfall of the Rizzuto crime family … Highly readable and engaging.” — Montreal Review of Books