Within the interconnecting worlds of bigtime gambling, publishing and the film industry, the power of corruption and the corruption of power are nowhere better explored. From New York to Las Vegas, Merlyn and his brother Artie obey their own code of honour in the ferment of contemporary America, where law and organised crimeare one and the same.
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Mario Puzo was born in New York. He is the author of the bestselling novel The Godfather and many other acclaimed novels. Puzo also wrote many screenplays, including those for the three Godfather movies, for which he won two academy awards. He died at his home in Long Island, New York, at the age of seventy-eight.From AudioFile:
Gardner dramatizes this analysis of the weak, sinful side of an essentially good person. Reading briskly with a slight nasal tone, Gardner brings realism to this novel about flawed choices in life. Amid the glitter and glamour of Las Vegas, New York City, and Hollywood, Merlyn the magician, Osano, Artie, and Janelle battle their own indulgences and watch others become consumed by lust, power or violence. Gardner barely differentiates gender but uses pacing, accents and intonation to differentiate the many male characters. S.C.A. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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