This is a great book - as good as The Godfather. This book confronts issues about the society and beliefs within 1950's America, friendships and revenge, power and wealth and most predominantly: self-preservation.
Synopsis (from B&N)
FOOLS DIE is a novel that only Mario Puzo could have written. Encompassing America's golden triangle of corruption - New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas. It plunges you into the electric excitement of luxurious gambling casinos - the heady arena for high rollers and big-time hustlers, scheming manipulators and fancy hookers - a world of greed, lust, violence, and betrayal, where men ruthlessly use their power, where women ravenously use their sex, where only the strongest survive and fools die...
"Master storytelling...sensational reading!" (Los Angeles Times)
"Hypnotic...written with unflagging vitality." (New York Times Book Review)
Lifelong New Yorker Mario Puzo drew upon figures in his Italian-American family to create the characters in his smash hit The Godfather in 1969; but he claimed never to have met a real-life mobster, and his detailed portrait of the Mafia world came entirely from diligent research.