Capo

Capo

by Peter Watson
     
 

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THE FIRST DON

Sicily, 1879: After successfully smuggling a severed human ear past the police, Silvio Randazzo completes his dangerous first rite of passage—from peasant boy to Mafia soldier. The ear is a chilling ransom demand from Antonino Greco, Italy's most famous and feared Mafioso. But it is not until Silvio makes his first vendetta killing that… See more details below

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THE FIRST DON

Sicily, 1879: After successfully smuggling a severed human ear past the police, Silvio Randazzo completes his dangerous first rite of passage—from peasant boy to Mafia soldier. The ear is a chilling ransom demand from Antonino Greco, Italy's most famous and feared Mafioso. But it is not until Silvio makes his first vendetta killing that he truly "makes his bones" as a worthy member of the society that values honor above all . . . and rewards betrayal with death.

New Orleans, 1880: By exterminating the rivals of Angelo Priola, the most powerful gangster in America's most decadent city, the newly arrived Silvio makes his mark in the fledgling underworld of his new homeland. As the forces of the law close in on the notorious Greco, and dangerous new players vie for Priola's territory, the cunning, ruthless, and ever more ambitious Silvio watches the path made clear for his ascension to the throne of Capo—boss of bosses. . . .

Based on fact, here is a stunning novel of the criminal empire that brought the mob to America, and the man who oversaw its bloody birth. . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Watson, well-known for both nonfiction (From Manhattan to Manet) and fiction (Landscape of Lies), gives Puzo a run for his money with this stunning tale of the Sicilian Mafia's roots and burgeoning power in New Orleans. Set in the late 19th century, Capo follows the life and criminal education of orphan Sylvano (Silvio) Randazzo. Silvio is taken in by his uncle Nino, Don of Bivona; but the two must flee Sicily after Nino kidnaps and disfigures an English priest. Traveling as Nino's companion and soldato, Silvio is initiated into the underworld in quick and brutal fashion. By the time they arrive in the U.S., Silvio's "brains, blood and balls" have assured him a future in the family business. As Silvio rises from soldato to capo, he gains everything he thought he wantedDnotoriety, power and moneyDbut pays dearly. Loosely based on actual incidents that took place in Sicily and New Orleans, Capo is exceptionally well written and fraught with plot twists to rival the Godfather novels. From Silvio's constant questioning ("Sono mostro? he thought. Am I a monster?") and Nino's volatility, Capo is as mesmerizing as it is violent. Watson's knowledge is broad and convincing, and his re-creation all the more chilling through abundant use of historical fact, precise language and authentic glimpses of bustling city life. Although Silvio and Nino are killers, readers will root for them because they areDin their own minds as well as oursDhonorable men bound to a code of conduct from which there was no escape. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Watson, well-known for both nonfiction (From Manhattan to Manet) and fiction (Landscape of Lies), gives Puzo a run for his money with this stunning tale of the Sicilian Mafia's roots and burgeoning power in New Orleans. Set in the late 19th century, Capo follows the life and criminal education of orphan Sylvano (Silvio) Randazzo. Silvio is taken in by his uncle Nino, Don of Bivona; but the two must flee Sicily after Nino kidnaps and disfigures an English priest. Traveling as Nino's companion and soldato, Silvio is initiated into the underworld in quick and brutal fashion. By the time they arrive in the U.S., Silvio's "brains, blood and balls" have assured him a future in the family business. As Silvio rises from soldato to capo, he gains everything he thought he wanted-notoriety, power and money-but pays dearly. Loosely based on actual incidents that took place in Sicily and New Orleans, Capo is exceptionally well written and fraught with plot twists to rival the Godfather novels. From Silvio's constant questioning ("Sono mostro? he thought. Am I a monster?") and Nino's volatility, Capo is as mesmerizing as it is violent. Watson's knowledge is broad and convincing, and his re-creation all the more chilling through abundant use of historical fact, precise language and authentic glimpses of bustling city life. Although Silvio and Nino are killers, readers will root for them because they are-in their own minds as well as ours-honorable men bound to a code of conduct from which there was no escape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804117258
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.08(d)

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