This is not a book in the true Puzo - Godfather/Last Don - genre. The dialogue is unreal, the plots are bizarre, the characters are one-dimensional and lacking realism. There are odd moments when the real Puzo shines through but these are too infrequent for the book to be the good read one expects from this particular author. Anyone expecting a well-structured, gripping story of Mafia politics should steer clear of this one. It was a struggle to finish the book and it left me feeling sad that such a great writer should close his account with such a poor offering.