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  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099584650
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $28.00


One Man and the Battle for Rio

Breaking Bad meets City of God in this gripping account of an ordinary man who became Brazil’s most wanted criminal

'Breaking Bad meets City of God' Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah

This is the story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel and Brazil’s most notorious criminal.
A man who tried to bring welfare and justice to a playground of gang culture and destitution, while everyone around him drew guns and partied.
It’s a story of gold-hunters and evangelical pastors, bent police and rich-kid addicts, politicians and drug lords and the battle for the beautiful but damned city of Rio.

  • Pub date: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099584650
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $28.00

About the Author

Misha Glenny

Glenny is a distinguished investigative journalist and historian. As the Central Europe Correspondent first for the Guardian and then for the BBC, Glenny chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He has won several major awards for his work, including the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting and is the author of five books, including the acclaimed McMafia and DarkMarket.

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Praise for Nemesis

“Breaking Bad meets City of God”

Roberto Saviano

“fascinating dive into Brazil’s terrifying underworld, where the stakes are all or nothing...Nemesis reads like a fast-paced thriller”

James Hider, The Times

“A fast-paced crime story that paints a vivid picture of life in the sprawling favelas”

Joe Leahy, Financial Times

“A thrillingly vivid picture of another Rio… [Nemesis] confirms Glenny’s status as one of the most daring and original true-crime writers of today... A rich and riveting book”

Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday

“Glenny doesn’t just write books; he lives them”

John Kampfner, Guardian

“gripping narrative of cocaine and slaughter”

Andreas Campomar, Spectator

“A magnificent work of reportage by turns raw and courageous”

Ian Thomson, Evening Standard

“A dynastic 50-year Shakespearean sweep of organised crime that manages to be both intimate and alarming”

John Kampfner, Observer

“Misha Glenny, an award-wining investigative journalist and expert on organised crime, has turned his attention to the drugs, violence and poverty that thrive in Rocinha, Rio’s most infamous favela”

Andreas Campomar, Spectator

“Glenny’s book is fast paced and journalistic.”

Bryan McCann, Times Literary Supplement

“Nemesis is revelatory.”

Tony Allen-Mills, Sunday Times

“A taut and thrilling narrative…his hands-on research is exemplary… Nemesis is a triumph: the violent, kinetic City of God brought up-to-date on the page.”

Alan Bett, Skinny

“A gripping picture of an ordinary man driven to fateful choices.”

Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday

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