Omerta Author:Mario Puzo Don Raymonde Aprile is an old man wily enough to retire gracefully from organized crime after a lifetime of ruthless conquest. Though Don Aprile's retirement is seen as a business opportunity by his last Mafia rival, it is viewed by suspicion by Kurt Cilke, the FBI's special agent in charge of investigating organized crime. Cilke has achieved re... more »markable 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 mounts his campaign to wipe out the Mafia once and for all, Aprile finds himself 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.