Books: Omerta

Mario Puzo

This posthumously published novel by the author of The Godfather has more tasty twists than a plate of fusilli. A noble don is assassinated by ignoble rivals eager to take over their victim's legal banking empire. His Mob-free offspring, content with their legitimate careers, want to cash out to their father's killers. But a trusted, Sicily-hardened nephew had promised the old don that the banks would always remain in the family. Cunning entanglements with an FBI gangbuster, crooked cops and strong women sauce up this deft and passionate last novel by the Balzac of the Mafia.

--By R.Z. Sheppard

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