Hitmen for Hire - Mark Shaw (Trade Paperback)

The Making of South Africa's Underworld

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When you next sit down at your local coffee shop, look around you: there may just be a professional hitman sitting at the next table. As author Mark Shaw reveals in this highly original and informative book, the ‘upper world’ sails perilously close to the underworld.

HITMEN FOR HIRE takes the reader on a journey like no other, navigating a world of hammermen (hitmen), informers, rogue policemen, taxi bosses, gang leaders and crooked businessmen. The book examines a system in which contract killings have become the norm, looking at who arranges hits, where to find a hitman, and even what it is like to be a hitman – or woman.

Since 1994, South Africa has witnessed some spectacular underworld killings associated with various industries and sectors. Drawing on over a thousand cases, from 2000 to 2016, Shaw reveals how these murders have an outsized impact on the evolution of both legal and illegal economic activity.

Product Details

Barcode
9781868427116
Department
Books
Released
26 Jun 2017
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Mark Shaw
Publisher
Jonathan Ball
Number of Pages
340

Classification

General Subject
True Crime

Inside Flap

MARK SHAW is SARChI Chair in Justice and Security in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town and Director of the Centre of Criminology. He also directs the Geneva-based Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.