This book introduces you to crime groups that are at once sordid and inept, yet resourceful entrepreneurs and self-proclaimed champions of the underdog, who operate in full sight of their communities and the law. It is the definitive book on organized crime in Canada, and a unique contribution to our understanding of Canadian history.
1. Shiver me northern timbers: pirates and privateers of Atlantic Canada. -- 2. Outlaws on the Canadian plains: bank robbers, horse thieves, cattle rustlers, smugglers, swindlers, whiskey traders, and other varmints. -- 3. The black hand of death: extortion and violence in Canada's early Italian communities. -- 4. Canadian vice: dope peddlers, white slavers, and fantan operators. -- 5. Speakeasy or die: organized crime in the era of prohibition. -- 6. La Cosa Nostra comes to Canada: the ascendancy of the Italian mafia in North America. -- 7. Âllo police: the Montreal mafia and other crimes organisés in Quebec. -- 8. The Undertaker, the Three Dons, the Enforcer, and other tales of the Mafiosi in Ontario. -- 9. Challenging the mafia hegemony: the expansion, proliferation, and internationalization of organized crime. -- 10. A strange and terrible Canadian sage: the Hells Angels and other outlaw motorcycle gangs. -- 11. Sword of the Triad it's raining corpses in Chinatown! Asian organized crime in Canada. -- 12. A different kind of snow: the Colombian cartels come north. -- 13. Return to the Italians: the Canadian connections, redux.