The Last Don by Mario PuzoThe Last Don by Mario Puzo

The Last Don

byMario Puzo

Mass Market Paperback | January 29, 1997

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A masterful saga of the last great American Mafia family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas, from the author of The Godfather

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.

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.

Praise for The Last Don
 
“Puzo is in top form. . . . Head-long entertainment, bubbling over with corruption, betrayal, assassinations, Richter-scale romance, and, of course, family values.”Time

“The most entertaining read since The Godfather.”The New York Times Book Review

“Skillfully crafted . . . It gives us Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the mob in one sweet dish.”Los Angeles Times Book Review

“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 son of Italian immigrants who moved to the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City, Mario Puzo was born on October 15, 1920. After World War II, during which he served as a U.S. Army corporal, he attended City College of New York on the G.I. Bill and worked as a freelance writer. During this period he wrote his first two novels, The D...
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Title:The Last DonFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 6.88 × 4.17 × 1.15 inPublished:January 29, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345412214

ISBN - 13:9780345412218

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Some parts were quite shocking
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book If you like mob stories you will love this. I loved this book from page one and I actually liked it more then the god father. As for the movies they weren't bad but some of the casting was disappointing like the character of Athena in the book you see this strong character but Daryl hanna's portrayal of her destroys the character.
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average read during travel. It lacks the depth and pace of "Godfather".The start of the books begins to bore you down but as you progress it is interesting.The story as such is predictable for anybody who has read any of other books by the writer.Can read only if there are no other books around.
Date published: 2007-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth The Price Of Admission This is the book that turned me in to an avid reader. As popular as Puzo's writing is, I don't think he really get all the credit he deserves since many of his novels deal with Mafia activity. He truly is a great writer and this is one of his best.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tutta la pasta Mario Puzo puts in this book tutta la pasta that he had. You can´t wait to the end, you read and read and everything is action. Its so real, it seams to being in the reality. Like all Puzo,s books it has a serious critic to the rich class. I think it is really an excellent boook.
Date published: 2000-08-03

From Our Editors

The Last Don tells the story of Domenico Clericuzio, a ferocious old man determined to secure his family's future in an era of legalized gambling, motion picture investments, and the threat of government informers. The Don is close to achieving his vision when secrets buried in his family's past threaten to undermine his plan and spark a war between two blood cousins. Once again, Mario Puzo captures the rich drama of "family life" in the world of the mob.

Editorial Reviews

“Puzo is in top form. . . . Head-long entertainment, bubbling over with corruption, betrayal, assassinations, Richter-scale romance, and, of course, family values.”—Time “The most entertaining read since The Godfather.”—The New York Times Book Review “Skillfully crafted . . . It gives us Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the mob in one sweet dish.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “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