• Christopher G. Moore

Talking publicly About Gangsters

Crime fiction and non-fiction can ruffle the feathers of some serious nasty beasts. An example is Roberto Saviano whose book Gomorra brought not just literary reviews but a serious death threat. The intimidation of journalists and writers is an old, well-tried method to silence those who turn over large rocks and watch the bugs scramble out of the hole. For those who author crime books and who live in countries with a strong rule of law, Saviano’s situation is not different from many writers living in developing countries or so-called developed countries with a less firm grip on law enforcement.

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“Italian author Roberto Saviano made a brief appearance, accompanied by a minimum of three bodyguards, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The reason for the bodyguards was the fact that he’d received the first death threat of several just a few days before, on 13 October 2008—promising he and his protectors would be dead by year’s end—for his book Gomorra and the movie based upon it. . . . Salman Rushdie has suggested Saviano take care because the Casalesi threat is, he claims, worse than any fatwa—and countless Nobel Laureates and others have lined up in his support. While in Frankfurt Saviano finally announced he was considering leaving Italy, and the statement was followed by major reactions internationally, both for and against such a move.”

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