A dying Sicilian don sends his son , Astorre Viola,to America to be raised by another don, one who has protected his children from his work. When that don also dies, gunned down on the steps of the church immediately following the communion of his grandson, the now grown foster child seeks vengeance. Astorre has to Balance the ownership of a substantial bank, the quest for retaliation, an FBI agent who moves closer despite the Director’s warnings and a tortuous love affair.
Astorre wants revenge in the death of his beloved 'Uncle', but he also wants to protect his 'cousins'. He investigates the death of Don Aprile while he is resisting the proposal of Don Portella to buy the banks. As Astorre uncovers who was behind the murder, he begins to put into action a plan of revenge.
Meanwhile, there’s a great little subplot twisted around two assassins, brothers, and the trouble they find themselves in when they back the wrong horse.
I personally enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to any fan of Mafia style books. I did feel that this book wasn't as polished as some of Puzo's others, but maybe that is because he was not able to edit the novel at all.
It moved fast and satisfied my urge to read something exciting and yet -- fun!The pages turn by themselves -- virtually!