The Last Don

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"PUZO IS IN TOP FORM."

*Time

The Last Don is Mario Puzo at his finest, thrilling us with his greatest Mafia novel since The Godfather *a masterful saga of the last great American crime family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas.

"THE MOST ENTERTAINING READ SINCE THE GODFATHER."

*The New York Times Book Review

The Last Don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless old man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is ...

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Overview

"PUZO IS IN TOP FORM."

*Time

The Last Don is Mario Puzo at his finest, thrilling us with his greatest Mafia novel since The Godfather *a masterful saga of the last great American crime family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas.

"THE MOST ENTERTAINING READ SINCE THE GODFATHER."

*The New York Times Book Review

The Last Don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless old man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins.

"SKILLFULLY CRAFTED . . . IT GIVES US HOLLYWOOD, LAS VEGAS, AND THE MOB IN ONE SWEET DISH."

*Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Last Don is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry, and the casinos *where beautiful actresses and ruthless hitmen are ruled by lust and violence, where sleazy producers and greedy studio heads are drunk on power, where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, and where one man controls them all. . . .

"Head-long entertainment, bubbling over with corruption, betrayal, assassinations, Richter-scale romance, and, of course, family values."

*Time

"Puzo returns after a quarter century to the terrain of his greatest success, The Godfather, to tell a second masterful tale of Mafia life."

*Variety

"A compelling tale peopled by memorable characters. . . . Puzo is a master storyteller with an uncanny facility for details that force the reader to keep the pages turning."

*USA Today

The last don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless old man whose determination to see his heirs turn legitimate is threatened when war erupts inside the family--and a host of treacherous enemies close in from outside. National ads. HC: Random House. (Fiction--General)

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Library Journal
Twenty-five years after the publication of The Godfather, Puzo returns to the literary landscape that launched his career and led to several wildly successful movies. Don Domenico Clericuzio has managed to outlast competing Mafia families while leading the Clericuzio clan to prominence. Pippi, the Don's nephew, along with son Cross, heads the family's Las Vegas operations, where he seeks to extend the Clericuzio tentacles into such legitimate pursuits as legalized gambling, motion pictures, and the construction industry. When Pippi is murdered, Cross seeks vengeance but finds the trail leading ever closer to home. This long abridgmentfour cassettes instead of the usual twodoes the novel justice by retaining much of Puzo's original material. Joe Montegna's reading is appropriately low-key. Recommended for most popular collections.Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
Brad Hooper
Puzo's latest novel is a version of the Wars of the Roses within a Mafia context. That fifteenth-century English dynastic struggle for the throne saw cousin pitted against cousin, and Puzo has fashioned the same kind of internecine struggle here. The story opens in 1965, with Don Clericuzio, head of the most powerful Mafia family in the country, deciding to make his enterprises legit. He is looking ahead to his grandchildren's lives, wanting them to enjoy his largesse without the danger inherent in life in the criminal underworld. Zoom--we're transported to the present day and involved in how the don's plans for his family's future are playing out. Hollywood and Las Vegas provide venues for one grandson's attempts, at the expense of another grandson, to undermine the master plan, but all's well that ends well in this surefire best-seller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345412218
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 153,786
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
Lifelong New Yorker Mario Puzo drew upon figures in his Italian-American family to create the characters in his smash hit The Godfather in 1969; but he claimed never to have met a real-life mobster, and his detailed portrait of the Mafia world came entirely from diligent research.

Biography

Mario Puzo was born in New York and, following military service in World War II, attended New York's New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His bestselling novel The Godfather, (1969) was preceded by two critically acclaimed novels, The Dark Arena (1955) and The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965). In 1978, he published Fools Die, followed by The Sicilian (1984), The Fourth K (1990), and the second installment in his Mafia trilogy, The Last Don (1996), which became an international bestseller and the highest-rated TV miniseries of 1997.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Highly recomend

    Story is fast paced and doesn't stall in any chapters. It's another Puzo original/

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

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    Highly Recommended

    I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I could not put it down. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    THE WORST TRASH I HAVE EVER READ

    I have been reading (am almost done with) Mario Puzo's The Last Don. A stupider, more inane novel I do not think I have EVER read. Pippi de Lena (pronounced ¿peepee¿ by me; he¿s a real pisser), the Bruglione, Hammer; Athena Aquitaine (sounds like something you¿d use for sunburn or dry eye), the most beautiful and most perfectly formed and intelligent, internationally famous actress with the autistic daughter; Cross (Croccifuxio) de Lena, Peepee¿s incredibly handsome son and sometimes partner in crime, owner of a Las Vegas nightclub and Athena¿s love interest; Falene Fant (or Fart, as I see it), whose black ass (the most beautiful anyone has ever seen) is used as Athena¿s ass¿s double in the movie Messalina; the dentist with the girlfriend who is having sex with her German Shepherd (it¿s such a turn on for him), and, of course, the Don Clericuzio, a doddering old dufus who needs a pipe bomb placed up his rear end (maybe they can hire Falene Fart to do the job). I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2012

    Not the best, Not the worst

    Initially I choose this book because I am big fan of Mario Puzo. After I started to dig into this novel I was more intrigued page after page. With the twists and turns of a Romance novel combined with the even a more dramatic Mafia atmosphere. From the captivating love scenes of Athena and her troubles, to the fierce killing scenes of Cross and Dante.
    I gave this book three stars because at times it was very slow moving and stagnate. Although it had a lot of action and excitement, it was difficult to get through the long stretches where little was happening.
    Still a good story and a great read but it can never top Mario Puzo's number 1 The Godfather.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Me

    I loved loved this book. It is a great story and worth your time. You will not want to put it down
    Read this book!

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    The Last Don

    The Last Don written by Mario Puzo ¿ review by Brandon McKay<BR/><BR/><BR/> Domencio Clericuzio is the Last Don, a wise and ruthless old man who is determined to see his heirs established in a legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family¿s past spark a feud between two blood cousins. The Don is the most powerful man of his time and if the Clericuzio Family was the holy church for the many Mafia families scattered over the U.S. then the head of the family, Don Domencio, was the Pope admired not only for his intelligence, but also for his strength. He was a devout catholic: payment for sins in this world, forgiveness in the next. Every debt had to paid, and he was strict in his judgment in this world. He controlled an empire so large and has enough money to the point were he hopes his dream of legitimacy will be brought to reality. But that¿s what dreams are for, to be torn apart. Croccifixo and Dante, the two cousins, both grow up hidden from the life of crime but inevitably, they uncover the secrets of the past.<BR/> The Last Don is a great story that takes readers inside the equally corrupt worlds of the Mafia, the movie industry, and casinos, where beautiful actresses and ruthless hitmen are ruled by lust, and violence. Where sleazy producers, and greedy studio heads are drunk with power, where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, and where one man controls them all¿ <BR/> Murder, extortion, jealousy, and romance, this book is full of it. I love the way Mario Puzo writes his stories; it¿s almost as if he lived the life of the Mob himself. If you read and like this book then you should also read the Godfather series, also by the same author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    BUY THIS BOOK!

    THIS BOOK IS KILLER. I LOVED EVERY PAGE. I CANT RECOMMEND YOU BUY THIS ENOUGH. EVEN IF YOU DONT LIKE THIS TYPE OF BOOK YOU WILL LOVE THIS IT IS A MUST OWN FOR ANY BOOK LOVER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Last Don

    This was a very good book.Many years ago i read the masterful 'the goodfather'.a few years ago i also included,'the family',wich was not as good as this book.I plan on reading all of his books.The world lost a wonderful story teller in Mario Puzo.I gave the book only four stars because it was a bit dragged out at some spots...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Another Puzo Masterpiece!

    The book is long, but you will forget the length when you are sucked into the story. From West Coast to East Coast, this book is enthralling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    Last Don

    I had read the godfather over the years twicemAnd :the last don',grabbed me all at once,Mr Puzo really know how to brig his characters out ,the good and bad.I have missed one social engagment just to find time with this book!Good to the last page.Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    Beautifully Written

    This book is thrilling. It never stays in one subplot too long until the combination of the lines.I started reading it for larks and couldn't put it down..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    The best Mafia gangster tale since his Godfather novel.

    A Splendid piece of Crime Fiction by one the world's best loved authors who ever lived in the USA! A Seriously Guilty Pleasure AS with the GODFATHER, The reader gets sucked into the plot immediately!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2000

    THE BEST THING I'VE EVER READ

    I LOVE IT AND HAVE READ IT 4 TIMES. WORDS CAN'T EXPLAIN WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS BOOK.

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