The Last Don is Mario Puzo at his finest, thrilling us with his greatest Mafia novel since The Godfather *a masterful saga of the last great American crime family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas.
" THE MOST ENTERTAINING READ SINCE THE GODFATHER."
*The New York Times Book Review
The Last Don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless old man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins.
" SKILLFULLY CRAFTED . . . IT GIVES US HOLLYWOOD, LAS VEGAS, AND THE MOB IN ONE SWEET DISH."
*Los Angeles Times Book Review
The Last Don is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry, and the casinos *where beautiful actresses and ruthless hitmen are ruled by lust and violence, where sleazy producers and greedy studio heads are drunk on power, where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, and where one man controls them all. . . .
" Head-long entertainment, bubbling over with corruption, betrayal, assassinations, Richter-scale romance, and, of course, family values."
" Puzo returns after a quarter century to the terrain of his greatest success, The Godfather, to tell a second masterful tale of Mafia life."
" A compelling tale peopled by memorable characters. . . . Puzo is a master storyteller with an uncanny facility for details that force the reader to keep the pages turning."
|Publish Date:||Jan 1997|
|Number of Pages:||512|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.52|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.11 x 1.05 x 6.83|
Mario Puzo, best known as the author of The Godfather, was born on October 15, 1920 in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, and when he returned attended New York's School for Social Research and Columbia University. He wrote pulp stories and edited Male magazine before publishing his first novel, The Dark Arena (1955). His works were well-received critically, but failed to generate much revenue until he published his most notable work, The Godfather, which was ultimately made into a trilogy of award-winning movies.
Puzo continued writing novels, and his final work, Omerta, was finished not long before his death. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in both 1972, and 1974. Puzo died on July 2, 1999 in Bay Shore, Long Island.
Twenty-five years after the publication of The Godfather, Puzo returns to the literary landscape that launched his career and led to several wildly successful movies. Don Domenico Clericuzio has managed to outlast competing Mafia families while leading the Clericuzio clan to prominence. Pippi, the Don's nephew, along with son Cross, heads the family's Las Vegas operations, where he seeks to extend the Clericuzio tentacles into such legitimate pursuits as legalized gambling, motion pictures, and the construction industry.
When Pippi is murdered, Cross seeks vengeance but finds the trail leading ever closer to home. This long abridgment four cassettes instead of the usual two does the novel justice by retaining much of Puzo's original material. Joe Montegna's reading is appropriately low-key. Recommended for most popular collections. Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
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With roots in Sicily and a base in Long Island, Don Domenico Clericuzio and the Clericuzio family have extended their control to the gaming empire in Las Vegas. After years of battling with other mafiosa, the Clericuzios have emerged as the dominant family and now, under the guidance of the old Don, seek to extend their reach into politics, construction, and legal sports gambling. Within Puzo's sprawling novel about the Clericuzio family is a romance involving the handsome but tender-hearted Cross, the Don's nephew, and the beautiful and secretive actress Athena.
From his station in Las Vegas as head of the Xanadu Casino Hotel, Cross ventures into Hollywood, which is fraught with its own arcane codes of behavior. He must maneuver among the brutal demands of the family, the cunning wiles of studio heads, and his own blinding love for Athena. Puzo's large cast of finely drawn characters propel this story forward even the most minor characters act with believable motivations through many twists and turns up to the surprising denouement. Sure to satisfy Puzo's many fans; recommended for all collections.
- Linda Landigran, Hanover, N.H.
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