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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mario Puzo Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mafia Trilogy Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375417375
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Mario Puzo spent the last three years of his life writing Omerta, the concluding installment in his saga about power and morality in America. In The Godfather, he introduced us to the Corleones. In The Last Don, he told the wicked tale of the Clericuzios. In Omerta, Puzo chronicles the affairs of the Apriles, a family on the brink of legitimacy in a world of criminals.

Don Raymonde Aprile is an old man wily enough to retire gracefully from organized crime after a lifetime of ruthless conquest. Having kept his three children at a distance, he’s ensured that they are now respectable members of the establishment: Valerius is an army colonel who teaches at West Point, Marcantonio is an influential TV network executive, and Nicole is a corporate litigator with a weakness for pro bono cases to fight the death penalty. To protect them from harm, and to maintain his entrée into the legitimate world of international banking, Don Aprile has adopted a "nephew" from Sicily, Astorre Viola, whose legal guardian made the unfortunate decision to commit suicide in the trunk of a car. Astorre is an unlikely enforcer—a macaroni importer with a fondness for riding stallions and recording Italian ballads with his band.

Though Don Aprile’s retirement is seen as a business opportunity by his last Mafia rival, Timmona Portella, it is viewed with suspicion by Kurt Cilke, the FBI's special agent in charge of investigating organized crime. Cilke has achieved remarkable success in breaking down the bonds between families, cultivating high-ranking sources who in return for federal protection have violated omerta—Sicilian for “code of silence,” the vow among men of honor that, until recently, kept them from betraying their secrets to the authorities.

As Cilke and the FBI mount their campaign to wipe out the Mafia once and for all, Astorre Viola and the Apriles find themselves in the midst of one last war, a conflict in which it is hard to distinguish who, if anyone, is on the right side of the law, and whether mercy or vengeance is the best course of action.

Rich with suspense, dark humor, and the larger-than-life characters who have turned Mario Puzo’s novels into modern myths, Omerta is a powerful epitaph for the Mafia at the turn of a new century, and a final triumph for a great American storyteller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “More tasty twists than a plate of fusilli…Cunning entanglements with an FBI gangbanger, crooked cops, and strong women sauce up this deft and passionate last novel by the Balzac of the Mafia.”


  • “Puzo suffuses the novel with many of the ingredients his readers crave, tantalizingly documenting the lavish lifestyles and sexual exploits of his hot-blooded characters.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Fascinating pop entertainment…Puzo doesn’t disappoint, in the tangled tale of the legacy bequeathed by venerable Don Raymonde Aprile…The surprises keep coming as the body count increases…Nobody did it better.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[An] operatic thriller, his most absorbing since The Sicilian…The novel is unpredictable and bracing, but its greatest strength is Puzo’s voice, ripe with age and wisdom…This is pulp raised to art and a worthy memorial to the author, who one last time makes the readers an offer they can’t refuse.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Essentail reading for fans of HBO’s Sopranos series…On many a beach or poolside this summer readers will run the risk of sunburn because Omerta will have grabbed their imaginations.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • Omerta is great fun to read…Full of action and invention, written in the high earnestness and wicked playfulness of Puzo’s best style.”

    Trenton Times

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About the Author
Author Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo (1920–1999) was born in “Hell’s Kitchen” on Manhattan’s West Side, New York City. Following military service in World War II, he attended New York’s New School for Social Research and Columbia University. In addition to his best-known novel, The Godfather, and other books, he wrote several screenplays including Superman and all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards.

About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.