Fools Die

Fools Die

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by Mario Puzo

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FOOLS DIE is a novel that only Mario Puzo could have written. Encompassing America's golden triangle of corruption - New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas. It plunges you into the electric excitement of luxurious gambling casinos - the heady arena for high rollers and big-time hustlers, scheming manipulators and fancy hookers - a world of greed, lust, violence, and betrayal


FOOLS DIE is a novel that only Mario Puzo could have written. Encompassing America's golden triangle of corruption - New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas. It plunges you into the electric excitement of luxurious gambling casinos - the heady arena for high rollers and big-time hustlers, scheming manipulators and fancy hookers - a world of greed, lust, violence, and betrayal, where men ruthlessly use their power, where women ravenously use their sex, where only the strongest survive and fools die...

"Master storytelling...sensational reading!" (Los Angeles Times)

"Hypnotic...written with unflagging vitality." (New York Times Book Review)

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Meet the Author

Mario Puzo was born on Manhattan’s West Side in the neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen. His first books, The Fortunate Pilgrim (“a minor classic” New York Times) and Dark Arena, brought him critical acclaim, but it was the publication of The Godfather in March 1969 that catapulted him into the front ranks of American authors. Reviewers hailed the book as “a staggering triumph” (Saturday Review), “big, turbulent, highly entertaining” (Newsweek), “remarkable” (Look), and “a voyeur’s dream, a skillful fantasy of violent personal power” (New York Times). Winning readers by the millions, it stayed at or near the top of the New York Times bestseller lists for sixty-nine weeks. His follow-up novel, Fools Die (1978), was hailed as the publishing event of the decade. Puzo’s last novel, Omerta, was finished shortly before his death in 1999.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 15, 1920
Date of Death:
July 2, 1999
Place of Birth:
New York City
Place of Death:
Bay Shore, Long Island
Attended New York City's New School for Social Research and Columbia University

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Fools Die 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was a work of art it gave very good details of every thing it is a bit long but set aside a chunck of time because you will absolutely love this book its a little boring at first but keep with it i gurantee that you wont be dissapointed the only reason i gave this book for stars was because it had too much sex in it unlike puzos other books wich have sum sex but not to exess other than that a great well written novel
Guest More than 1 year ago
Puzo combines the East Coast with Vegas in a wonderfully written story. Then throw in gambling, Hollywood, and the Orient. Mario Puzo is the Master storyteller. People only think 'The Godfather' when Puzo's name is mentioned. 'Fools Die' will re-introduce them to the writer. Puzo lives!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began reading Mario Puzo books after watching the Godfather Trilogy and I haven't satisfied my hunger. I started with his last book, Omerta, then I read Fools Die... It begins a bit slowly and not that interesting, but by the end of the first chapter you can't stop reading. Although it took me abot a month to read it (I am sort of a slow reader) it was a great expirience. And it tells so many stories and has such interesting and deep charachters, that anybody can identify with at least one of them. I saw myself as the main charachter, John Merlyn, a struggling writer that finnaly gets his big break. He fights his way up to the top only to fall again. A wonderfull book. Puzo at his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Mario Puzo. I loved 'The Godfather', The Last Don', Omerta', and 'Fortunate Pilgrim'. All are highly recomended, but I struggled with this one. It was boring, tedious. I had to force myself to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading THE GODFATHER, I became a great fan of Mario Puzo. When a friend recommended FOOLS DIE, I jumped at the chance to read another of his books. I had to have read the book in less than a week, for it was one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is for sure in my top 20 list. It even made me start writing myself. I recommend this book to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this novel varied in quality from the excellent to very boring. It is about a man who is an orphan who starts out poor who wants to be a great writer.   He ends up being a successful writer who spends time in Hollywood.  The main character is somewhat interesting- he is a tough, streetwise guy who has a high literary aspirations.   He sees himself as being very straight but many readers may not agree with his view of himself. The book starts out with an incident in Las Vegas casino where I have no idea what happened since  I don't gamble but the narrator becomes friends with a man named Cully. Then it proceeds to tell the narrators struggles as a beginning writer, living in the  housing projects and working for the civil service.   This part I found interesting in part because I know many civil servants and people who live in housing projects. The narrator gets fired from the civil service then works for a famous writer named Osano.  This part of the book is boring.   We don't know much about Osano except that he wants to win the Nobel prize in  literature and lives like a pig.   While we don't know what makes Osano a leading figure in US literature but we do know about his  numerous personal failings.   This part of the book is bad. The best part of the book is the ending where the narrator goes to Hollywood and to me the book ended with a punch.   Some of the books stories of Hollywood life were excellent.    There are some parts of the book that describe the workings of Las Vegas which I also thought was outstanding.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When most hear the name MArio Puzo they think "Godfather" and other mafia related tales. Not so with this novel. Puzo is one of the greatest at character development and this novel shows why. Puzo once again brings up the subject matter of power and the troubles that accompany it. He has great insights into the little world of Hollywood and brings them out masterfully in this tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does the mention of Mario Puzo immediately conjure up images of the mafia and The Godfather? Not for me. Not after Fools Die. If you can imagine how powerful a piece of music would have to be to replace William Tell's Overture as the theme to The Lone Ranger, then you can understand the affect of Fools Die on me. It was the first perfect book, I ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book back in high school when I took it out of the school library after I enjoyed reading ' The Godfather'.Great story! Mario Puzo became my favorite author at 16 years of age.I still remember how I enjoyed reading this book when I came home from school and could'nt wait to go to the bookstore to look for more titles from Mario Puzo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Godfather (great!), The Family (ugh!) & now this. Okay, so the sleazy life of Las Vegas isn't sugar coated. But c'mon how many times does a writer have to use the F word before he comes up with a little more creative dialogue? Not sure I've got the stomach to read the other Puzo books on my shelf. May use them to start fires this winter.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very in-depth novel filled with intricacies and a profoundly developed plot. The first person/third person switch adds to the joy of this novel. Janelle is mesmerizing and makes the reader forget about Valerie. This is Puzo's best work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never understood why this book has been so constantly underated. Maybe because it's so different to the Godfather. I've always had the feeling that after finally writing a best-seller, Puzo said to himself, "Now I'm going to write the kind of book I've always wanted to write!". Unfortunately, it seemed the world was only interested in Mafia tales, where Puzo was concerned. Well, never mind, Mario. I think it's fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Best of puzo's .This book is simply Alive and will remain so long after all the fool's are dead. you have to love this classic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fools Die by Mario Puzo is a 531 page wonder!Talk about a page turner! It is a beautifully written book that captures the immagination and does not let go. If you like Puzo novels, you'll love this book. Like all great Puzo novels, it is set in New York, Las Vegas, and Hollywood, or, more commonly known as The Golden Triangle. If you've never read a Puzo novel, it's like this: Merlyn, our main character, is born an orphan and has a very close relationship with his brother, Artie. Merlyn gets, eventually, married, has kids, and has ambitions of being an author. However, his first book is a bomb. So, he takes a job for the government as a desk jockey for the Army Reserves. Merlyn, normally a very honest and law-abiding citizen, decides to make his life a little more interesting by bending the rules a bit. With the help of a few friends, his boss, and and old friend from Las Vegas(Cully), Merlyn comes out on top. However, he has to quit his job. So, he takes a job writing for a magazene. His new boss, Osano, is only the most famous author in the world today. Merlyn writes a second book and, it's a hit! So big of a hit, in fact, that Hollywood decides to make a movie of it. So, he goes to Hollywood and makes some friends(Malomar and Janelle). Life is going great but, in the end, Merlyn learns that all Fools Die(the tittle) If you haven't had the pleasure of reading a Puzo book, I 'll give you an example of his superb wrighting: 'I suffer, but still I live. It's true that I may be a sort of phantom in life, but I know my begining and I know my end. It is true that I am an X in an interminate equation, the X that will terrify mankind as it voyages through a million galixies. But no matter. That X is the rock upon which I stand(pg.531).' Great Stuff...huh? From the title to the last words, this book is magic. The only let down of this book, compared to Puzo standerds, is the absence of the Mafia. If you can read a Puzo novel without the Mafia... then I seriously recomend this book. Even without the Mafia, the excellent wrighting makes it a five star book(but only a four star book in Puzo standards).