This title presents the truth at last about one of the world's great unsolved crimes. The death of Roberto 'God's Banker' Calvi, found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in 1982 days before his bank's collapse, remains one of the most extraordinary crimes of all time. Straight from the dark heart of Italy, it involved dark Masonic rituals, political involvement at the highest level, bizarre forensics, intense mafia involvement, the Vatican, a man on the run, and phenomenal sums of money swirling around. Revealing new sources that speak for the first time, investigative journalist Philip Willan finally uncovers the full truth behind Calvi's death and his last days on the run. Calvi's elimination prevented the world from learning the full truth about the activities of the Masonic sect P2, that secret 'shadow state' whose top-rank membership had been discovered shortly before. Had Calvi's death been investigated properly, Italy government today might have been very different. And the failure to investigate began in England. This true story of a man falling off the precipice is also a shocking political expose.
Philip Willan is a Guardian writer based in Rome who has followed the Calvi case since it first broke. He is the author of The Puppetmasters: The Political Use of Terrorism in Italy, and contributed to David Yallop's In God's Name and Charles Raw's The Money Changers.