The Whisky King is …
— The Globe and Mail
“An intoxicating Prohibition-era cocktail of rum-running,
mob hits, drug smuggling and police corruption.”
— Dean Jobb, author of Empire of Deception
“An illuminating, disturbing and well-paced read.”
— Rosemary Sullivan, author of Stalin’s Daughter
“A tall Canadian crime tale that just happens to be true.”
— Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life & Times
And named to the GLOBE 100 list of 2017’s BEST BOOKS
Perri’s businesses—which included alcohol, drugs, gambling and prostitution—kept him under constant police surveillance. He caught the interest of one man in particular: Frank Zaneth, the other arrival from Italy. Zaneth, from the Italian north, joined the RCMP as an unlikely recruit and became its first undercover operative. His skills and determination took him on assignment across the country, but he was dogged in his pursuit of Rocco Perri and worked for his arrest until the day Perri was last seen, in 1944, when he disappeared without a trace.
Filled with original research and masterful storytelling, The Whisky King is a riveting portrayal of a notorious Canadian crime figure and the man who tried to bring him in.