Lovers of wild animals will be pleased to know that the main character in this series, Seb Cangio, is an ethologist. He studies the behaviour of the wolves in the Apennine mountains in central Italy. Born in Calabria, however, he knows more than anyone else in Umbria about the two-legged ‘wolves’ who are the instruments of the ’Ndrangheta, the most formidable criminal organization in the world.
The ’Ndrangheta has tried to kill him before. He knows that they will try again…
The Italian wolf (Canis lupus italicus) is a subspecies of grey wolf native to the Italian Peninsula. It inhabits the mountainous areas of the Apennine mountains. As of 2005, the Italian wolf population is estimated to consist of 500 individuals. It has been strictly protected in Italy since the 1970s, when the population reached a low of 70–100 individuals. The population is increasing steadily in number, though illegal hunting and persecution still constitute a threat. (Wikipedia).
The author consults closely with Bernardino Ragni, professor of animal biology and environmental zoology at the University of Perugia, an expert on the wolf population of the Apennines.
Any similarity between the behaviour of wolves and the behaviour of the ’Ndranghetisti (the soldiers of a Mafia clan) is purely coincidental. Wolves kill to satisfy their hunger. The ’Ndrangheta kills to satisfy its greed and maintain its power.