Barbie Latza Nadeau

Meet ‘Lady Camorra,’ one of the first female mafia bosses, as she sips coffee and drums her black-lacquered fingernails on her kitchen table. ‘The Godmother’ takes the reader into the little-known role of the women that underpin Italy’s most ruthless mob families and are forced to reckon with the social and sexual codes governing the violent reality of mafioso rule.”

           —Sara Gay Forden
            author, House of Gucci

“A must for true crime fans.”
             —Publishers Weekly starred review



Barbie Latza Nadeau is an American journalist and author who has lived in Rome, Italy, since 1996. She has worked as the Rome bureau chief for Newsweek Magazine and currently holds that position for The Daily Beast. She is an on-air contributor for CNN and a writer for Scientific American.

Barbie's first book "Angel Face" about the murder of Meredith Kercher and the criminal trials of Amanda Knox was adapted for film in 2011.


Her 2016 book "Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs and Guns on the Mafia Coast" chronicles the tragic journeys of Nigerian women trafficked for sex in Italy.


Her third book, "The Godmother" will be published by Penguin Random House in 2022.



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