In a corrupt world where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, one man has power over them all. "The Last Don" is Mario Puzo at his finest - a masterful saga of the last great American crime family, the Clericuzios, and their powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas. Domenico Clericuzio is a wise and ruthless man ...Read MoreIn a corrupt world where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, one man has power over them all. "The Last Don" is Mario Puzo at his finest - a masterful saga of the last great American crime family, the Clericuzios, and their powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas. Domenico Clericuzio is a wise and ruthless man who in his old age is determined to create a life free from criminal activities for his grandchildren. But as he strives to establish his heirs in legitimate society, secrets from his family's past spark a vicious and bloody war between cousins...Read Less
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Not The Godfather, but really enjoyable. Terrific beach novel for men and women.
Apr 24, 2008
The Last Don
The Last Don is a excelent book it is Puzo at his very best, I mean it is at The Godfather kind of statis.It is one of my favorite books, with its great writing, which only writers like Mario Puzo and Nicholas Pillegi have been able to make you feel like you are there with the indepth detail, and characters that seem so real and are perfectly discribed to the point were you feel like if you close your eyes you would be able to touch them. I really recomend this book I love Mafia books and moves and no one will ever match Mario Puzo's way of writing the realist most unique movies and books. I do not want ruin the book by going into to much detail but this is not your basic same old mafia books it is unique just like all of Mario Puzo's books.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-06-10 Age withers some writers. Others it ripens toward an Olympian wisdom. So it is with Puzo, who at age 76 returns after a quarter century to the terrain of his greatest success, The Godfather, to tell a second masterful tale of Mafia life. Puzo's vision is broader here, and more dispassionate. Times have changed since the day of the Corleones. America has fragmented, and Puzo's new family, the Clericuzios, the shadowy power behind the Mafia, is feeling modernity's centrifugal force. Though still based in New York, the Family has also scattered to Vegas and, as the novel progresses, to Hollywood. Puzo's protagonist is Cross De Lena, nephew of Don Domenico Clericuzio, his Bruglione in Vegas, who by investing in film may fulfill the Don's wish to legitimize the Family. But in Puzo's world, the search for power and wealth demands brutality; dream factories, whether of Vegas or Hollywood, are awash in vengeance, betrayal and blood. Puzo's take on the film world is scathing, yet there are no caricatures here; his men and women can be seduced by virtue as well as by vice and will throw away a lifetime in pursuit of love. Violence slashes through the narrative, but the real cruelty that laces the plot lies in each character's byzantine manipulations of others; the story line would delight a Medici. Nearly above the fray stand two old men, the Don and a film czar. Knowing what the world is, they neither condemn it nor bless it but acknowledge its wickedness and drink of its passion and beauty. As, in this mesmerizing tale, Puzo himself does, surveying the play of humanity in its mad glory. Major ad/promo; BOMC main selection; simultaneous Random House AudioBook; film rights sold to CBS; foreign rights sold in England, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Brazil and Japan. (Sept.)
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