Books: Heel over Head


by Richard Condon

Coward, McCann & Geoghegan

316 pages; $13.95

"Pop had a seven-tiered Sicilian brain so that when they said A to him, he knew right away that he should read it as Z but would always stand ready to switch it to the real meaning, inside the real meaning of the false meaning, which he would read as M." Pop is Angelo Partanna, consigliere to the nation's most puissant Mafia family. His son Charley is underboss and chief enforcer for the family, a geratic Brooklyn Mob headed by Corrado Prizzi, 84....

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