Books: God Cousins

THE SICILIAN by Mario Puzo Simon & Schuster; 410 pages; $17.95

The Godfather was an irresistible tale of corruption and an equally tempting celebration of two sacred institutions, the family and free enterprise. The Sicilian, an offshoot of the 1969 bestseller, is also an offer of evil and romance that cannot be refused. Mario Puzo remains one of America's best popular storytellers, though his years of whittling movie scripts have resulted in chapters that seem spindly next to those in the full-bodied Godfather. In fact, the novel could be cut down and inserted in the earlier book. Offstage, at Mafia Central on...

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