The Killing Consensus

By Graham Denyer Willis,

Book cover of The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime, and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil

Book description

We hold many assumptions about police work that it is the responsibility of the state, or that police officers are given the right to kill in the name of public safety or self-defense. But in The Killing Consensus, Graham Denyer Willis shows how in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing and the…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked The Killing Consensus as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This tremendous little book is about who has the right to discipline and kill. In an ideal world, the author argues, this right is monopolized by territorial entities we know as states. This is not the case in Brazil, however. In Brazil, or rather in metropolitan São Paulo, the right to discipline and kill is shared—hence the book’s title—between the various agents of the public security state and an extremely well-organized and powerful criminal faction known as the Primeiro Comando do Capital or PCC.

From Robert's list on the drugs and violence in Brazil.

Want books like The Killing Consensus?

Our community of 10,000+ authors has personally recommended 69 books like The Killing Consensus.

Browse books like The Killing Consensus

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in homicide, Brazil, and police?

10,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about homicide, Brazil, and police.

Homicide Explore 36 books about homicide
Brazil Explore 72 books about Brazil
Police Explore 225 books about police