Books by Mario Puzo

Released: May 8, 2012

"A worthy addition to the lurid world of the Five Families, if not quite an offer you can't refuse."
Don Corleone's family navigates opportunity and treachery as Prohibition comes to a close in New York. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY by Mario Puzo
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"The old, black magic just isn't here. The Family is Godfather Lite. Eminently skippable."
The late (1920-99) Puzo's last novel, completed by his companion Gino, is historical fiction, about the 15th-century Borgia clan—a book on which Puzo had worked sporadically since 1983. Read full book review >
OMERTA by Mario Puzo
Released: July 7, 2000

"To some extent a retread, but who cares ? This is lurid and fascinating pop entertainment. Nobody did it better."
The final volume of Puzo's sensationally popular Mafia trilogy (after The Godfather, 1969, and The Last Don, 1996), completed shortly before his recent death, explores in characteristically slam-bang fashion the consequences of a violation of the Sicilian `code of silence` (omerta) on which Mafia security and power are based. Read full book review >
THE LAST DON by Mario Puzo
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Fabulously well-plotted; drunk on luxury."
Puzo's seventh novel, a monstrously gripping quasisequel to 1969's The Godfather, flavors itself with none of the Corleones so dear to fans of that earlier potboiler but does simmer the same Sicilian marinara, using a more literate recipe. Read full book review >
THE SICILIAN by Mario Puzo
Released: Dec. 1, 1984

"But, if relatively thin and tame, this episodic morality-play is still vigorous storytelling in the dark, bitter Puzo manner—with twisting loyalties, impassive vendettas, and corruption at every level, from the town barber to the Cardinal of Palermo."
Remember, in The Godfather, when Michael Corleone had to hide out in Sicily for a while before coming home to start taking over the Corleone empire? Read full book review >
FOOLS DIE by Mario Puzo
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"But whenever the money is changing hands—which is pretty often—Fools Die does indeed live, breathe, and squirm with the 'magic' of writing that Merlyn (he was an orphan and named himself) keeps bragging about."
A big, messy, ambitious, both brilliant and embarrassing, partly autobiographical novel by the author of The Godfather—and fans of that blockbuster will be thrilled with only about half of it. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1977

"Even readers put off by Puzo's admiringly clear-eyed love for the meretricious will find themselves turning one page more."
When Don Puzo moves in on Las Vegas, he's not striving for art but something like that emerges. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 1969

"A Mafia Whiteoaks, bound for popularity, once you get past the author's barely concealed admiration for the 'ethics' and postulates of primitive power plays."
Ten years in the workaday progress of a New York Mafia sort of family dynasty tale with all the attendant flurries of great houses at war. Read full book review >
THE DARK ARENA by Mario Puzo
Released: Feb. 23, 1955

"But the sneering characterization at every level, the filthy language, the presumption that there was no decency anywhere- (except perhaps in Hella, the German girl), leaves a bad taste- a sense of profound shock."
A book that shocks one to the fibre of one's being. Read full book review >