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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.


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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  • Paperback


    September 19, 2016


    352 pages

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    September 17, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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