The Prince of Naples is a true story about a child prodigy living under the control of the violent and terrifying organised crime 'family' the Camorra. He is driven to an almost obsessive quest for revenge when the earthquake strikes in 1980, destroying the city, and his family and neighbours are all moved to live in aluminium housing in an unsanitary and crowded shanty town.
More than 40 billion euros in aid money flood into Naples after the quake, but the Camorra 'own' the construction businesses and the money is syphoned off to line their own pockets. The boy and the Naples people seem doomed to live indefinitely in rat-infested shanty towns while, just a few miles away, the Camorra and their accomplices live in luxury villas.
The boy's need for revenge grows along with his rage until he is driven to take actions that no ordinary child could conceive. Even though he is just 12 years old, he ends up getting deeply involved with the Camorra. The Prince of Naples is the story of his revenge and how he avoids capture because no one can imagine his violent and destructive actions are those of a schoolboy.
The boy is now a man and he lives outside Italy under an assumed identity.
"The Prince of Naples provides the reader with that lovely stomach-squeezing type of excitement and hope that drives classic adventure novels, such as The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Count of Monte Cristo. The constant promise that his true identity will be revealed - that he is a genius and not the ordinary boy he's pretending to be - is a hook that makes this book unputdownable. The Prince of Naples has all the fuel that any good adventure needs." - THE HUFFINGTON POST
“This tale of a modern-day Robin Hood who takes on the Mafia is both shocking and astounding!" -NUTS Magazine
"I really like this book!" -THE SUN
“Crime biography at its best. This will become the story of the year” –NOW! Magazine
“This book reads like a Hollywood movie which makes it all the more incredible that it’s true!” -BEAUTIFUL MagazineFollow The Prince of Naples on Twitter @princeofnaples
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This is author Hugh Gurney’s debut as a biographer. New talent to keep an eye on – he already has several screenplays under his belt, is being represented by a top four LA talent agency and has worked as writer in residence at Ruined City Films. He has also run drama training workshops to rehabilitate young offenders; helping them tell their stories on screen in short films. For more information visit www.hughgurney.com
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