The Last Don

The Last Don

by Mario Puzo

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345412218
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 95,550
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

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 Dark Arena and The Fortunate Pilgrim.When his books made little money despite being critically acclaimed, he vowed to write a bestseller. The Godfather was an enormous success. He collaborated with director Francis Ford Coppola on the screenplays for all three Godfather movies and won Academy Awards for both The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II. He also collaborated on the scripts for such films as Superman, Superman II, and The Cotton Club. He continued to write phenomenally successful novels, including Fools Die, The Sicilian, The Fourth K, and The Last Don. Mario Puzo died on July 2, 1999. His final novel, Omerta, was published in 2000.

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

Education:

Attended New York City's New School for Social Research and Columbia University

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CHAPTER 1
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The Last Don 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
JCD2 More than 1 year ago
The Last Don is a prime example of a novel written by someone who knew his stuff.  Mario Puzo was well acquainted with organized crime, Las Vegas gaming and show business. He wove a story of the old don attempting to legitimize his family so they and their children would be captains of legal industries.  In addition to the family dynamics built on murder and old grudges, these Mafia members meet their equals in the men who run the casinos and Hollywood. A story well told. 
Italianstallion89 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
YBKoz More than 1 year ago
Story is fast paced and doesn't stall in any chapters. It's another Puzo original/
Love2Write More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I could not put it down. A must read!
BrandonMcKay More than 1 year ago
The Last Don written by Mario Puzo ¿ review by Brandon McKay


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.
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¿
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
bellamia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been trying to read this books for a couple of months. I have already read 2 of Mario Puzos books that I loved. This one so far is not up to par. I don't know if I'll go back to it but I'll try.
citygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was just so horrible. So horrible in fact that I think it shouldn't have even been written. I've read nothing by Puzo but The Godfather and I should have stopped there. Here a NY crime boss plans decades in advance to have his family go legit. That plan involves using politicians and interests in Las Vegas to influence the legalization of gambling, but that's not really that important to the story. What is important is pointing out the obvious (the Mafia has moral code that's different from yours and mine, boys and girls) and making the broadest generalizations (insecure guys hate it when their women out-achieve them). His characters seem to be satirizing themselves without the author's knowledge. Members of the NY crime family come in The Sensitive One, The Psycho/Heir, The Scheming One, The Crazy Sister and The Dying Don. And in addition, we've got Hollywood characters too: Impossibly Beautiful Actress with a Secret, The Producer (the characters are so broadly written and the stereotype so well-distributed that it would be redundant to add more descriptors), The Soulless Lothario, The Savvy Screenwriter with a Heart of Gold and so on. The sex and the violence seem like the literary version of "phoned in." Why: Oh, why? Why? I was hanging around the hospice, had to be there for many hours at a time and I wasn't in the mood for my purse paperbacks, so I checked out the in-house book selection. Oh well. And yes, I finished it. And learned that Don knows best and psychos never prosper.The author: created the Corleones and kept writing anyway.I know, I know. Way too harsh. Well, I'm in a bad mood. :-(
Bandesz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not the best Puzo novel, however it is also worth a shot. I found the first 200 pages rather slow, the second part of the book flows better. The characters are strong and easy to like/hate them , which is an important feature of this mafia novel genre. All in all an OK read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fool i was believing all those stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marvelous melodrama with the right elements, sex and violence, to grab modern readers in an age where celebrity tabloids reign. It will entertain anyone enticed by lurid tales of the rich and famous.
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