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Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781509879229
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 11/09/2018
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 368
  • Price: $29.99

In Naples, a new kind of gang rules the streets: the ‘Paranze’, the ‘Children’s Gangs’, groups of teenage boys who divide their time between Facebook or playing Call of Duty on their PlayStations and patrolling the streets armed with pistols and AK-47s, terrorizing local residents in order to mark out the territories of their Mafia bosses.

Roberto Saviano's eye-opening novel The Piranhas tells the story of the rise of one such gang and its leader, Nicolas – known to his friends and enemies as the ‘Maharajah’. But Nicolas’s ambitions reach far beyond doing other men’s bidding: he wants to be the one giving orders, calling the shots, and ruling the city. But the violence he is accustomed to wielding and witnessing soon spirals out of his control . . .

Author Information

Roberto Saviano was born in 1979 in Naples, where he grew up and still lives. He is a regular contributor to L'Espresso and many other Italian newspapers and magazines. His first book, Gomorrah, was a massive bestseller, both in Italy where it has sold over 1 million copies, and around the world. It was also the basis of an equally successful film. Since its publication, Saviano has been living in hiding and under police protection.