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In a darkly comic novel by the author of The Godfather, Don Raymonde Aprile, now retired, and FBI agent Kurt Cilke, engage in one last war with the distinctions between "good guys" and "bad guys" getting lost in the shuffle. 500,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Don Raymonde Aprile is an old man wily enough to retire gracefully from organized crime after a lifetime of ruthless conquest. Having kept his three children at a distance, he's ensured that they are now respectable members of the establishment. To protect them from harm, and to maintain his entree into the legitimate world of international banking, Don Aprile has adopted a "nephew" from Sicily, Astorre Viola, whose legal guardian made the unfortunate decision to commit suicide in the trunk of a car.
Though Don Aprile's retirement is seen as a business opportunity by his last Mafia rival, Timmona Portella, it is viewed with suspicion by Kurt Cilke, the FBI's special agent in charge of investigating organized crime. Cilke has achieved remarkable success in breaking down the bonds between families, cultivating high-ranking sources who in return for federal protection have violated omerta - Sicilian for "code of silence," the vow among men of honor that, until recently, kept them from betraying their secrets to the authorities.
As Cilke and the FBI mount their campaign to wipe out the Mafia once and for all, Astorre Viola and the Apriles find themselves in the midst of one last war, a conflict in which it is hard to distinguish who, if anyone, is on the right side of the law, and whether mercy or vengeance is the best course of action.

& Taylor

When Don Raymonde Aprile, an old-school Mafia leader who has retired, is killed, it is not his children, who were kept strictly away from their father's business, who seek to avenge him, but his Sicilian-born ward, Astorre, the son of an even greater Mafia chieftain

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375502545
Branch Call Number: F PUZ
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 18, 2013

Not Puzo's best. It lacks subtlety, and its story line meanders kind of pointlessly, scenes that should be exciting often fizzle out and the characters lack dimension. I have heard critics assert that, since this was released posthumously, that it was finished off by unskilled editors and/or publishers in an effort to cash in one last time.... I don't know if that is the case but in any event it does feel kind of unfinished. Perhaps it was a draft that never got polished because of Puzo's death.
In any event, Puzo was a genius, so even his worst book is still pretty entertaining, all things considered. I consider this a 'porch' book; that is to say, a good read on a summer afternoon on the porch, like an Elmore Leonard or a James Patterson novel.

Feb 03, 2009

classic mafia story on paper -- not the best of stories -- which is why it wasn't a full moton picture ... but a good read for true fans.


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