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  • Published: 2 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473563216
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

The Mechanism

A Crime Network So Deep it Brought Down a Nation




The extraordinary real story of power, corruption and greed that inspired the major Netflix series from José Padilha, the creator of Narcos

The thrilling case that led from a petty small-time criminal to the heart of government.

With an introduction by Misha Glenny, author of McMafia

A gripping narrative of power, corruption and greed, The Mechanism is the true story of how a simple investigation into money laundering became a political crisis that threatened to bring down a nation.

When a small team of investigators discovered some odd financial happenings at a Brazilian carwash, they could never have imagined that their work would destroy the government and lead to the impeachment of two presidents. As the trail leads further and further into the centre of power, the search for the truth and pursuit of justice become ever more crucial.

The Mechanism is an essential work of non-fiction that exposes the rottenness caused when politicians and big businesses believe they are above the law. Vladimir Netto’s clear-eyed reportage makes this a taut, riveting read, with more plot twists than the most compelling political thriller. Already a classic in Brazil, it is a devastating insight into one of the biggest scandals of all time.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473563216
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the Author

Vladimir Netto

Vladimir Netto has been a journalist for twenty-two years. He is a reporter for Globo TV and the vice-president of the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association. He has received several awards, most of which connected to scoops in big corruption cases. The Mechanism is his first book, and was the bestselling non-fiction book in Brazil in 2016.


Praise for The Mechanism

“The Mechanism not only recounts in thrilling detail an incredible police operation, but is also a historical document of indispensable value to the nation.”

José Padilha, producer of NARCOS


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