THE FOURTH K
by Mario Puzo
Random House; 479 pages; $22
Mario Puzo's classic Godfather recipe combined zesty ethnic ingredients with basic American free enterprise. Good and evil were all in the family. Social values were relative, if not hypocritical. Puzo is not your average moralist. He does not pontificate from the high ground. His view of human nature is subterranean, not to say labyrinthine. The twists and turns in his new novel might have easily confused the Minotaur.
But not the modern reader, who will probably be more attentive to Puzo's vivid cynicism and gallows humor than to his gridlock...