Title: The Last Don
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition
1st Ed. so stated, 1st Printing, HB/DJ, F/AN, 482 pp. Mylar cover on DJ. Book has very bottom of spine tucked inward just a little. Book and DJ both are red and black in color and book has gold lettering. The final chapter to Puzo's Godfather creation. Puzo passed away in 1999. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 4725
Synopsis: The author of The Godfather returns with a violent and darkly humorous saga of the last great American crime family and its reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas. With keen insights into the authentic life of the mafia, Puzo tells the story of Domenico Clericuzio, a ferocious old man who is determined to secure his family's future in an era of legalized gambling, motion-picture investments, and the threat of government informers. Film rights sold to CBS.
Review: Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather, knows a thing or two about the Mafia and about the movie business; here he brings them together. In the prologue, a Mafia don oversees the double christening of two infant boys, Dante and Cross, into the Clericuzio family. Later, when Cross is tapped to take over as the "Hammer" of the Clericuzios, their prime hit man, he proves not cold-blooded enough for the role. Dante takes his place, and Cross moves from Las Vegas to Hollywood, which proves to be an even worse den of iniquity. When he falls for a movie star Athena Aquitaine, he exhibits the "fatal flaw" the old don always warned against: loving a beautiful woman. A taut novel of sex and money, of love and power.
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