He evaded the police for two years.
But amid soaring temperatures in Italy, a fugitive alleged mafia boss couldn’t resist the lure of the beach – and the long arm of the law was waiting.
Just as he was raising his beach umbrella, Roberto Matalone was arrested.
He is accused of being a leading figure of the Pesce clan, one of the most powerful branches of the Calabria-based mob, the ‘Ndrangheta.
Surveillance footage released to the media on Friday showed him heading to the beach in shorts and a baseball cap, with a towel over his shoulder.
Police had been closing in on Matalone in recent days, concentrating their search around Joppolo harbour in the toe of the Italian boot.
Press reports in the country say his beach reading material was prophetic – a book called ‘Mafia Hunters’ about how Italian police track mafiosi.