Silence Is Golden

Review of Omerta; Mario Puzo; reissued by Arrow Books 2009; Rs 350; pp 410

– Shana Susan Ninan

Money talks. But honour is silent. Omerta, created and sustained by the Sicilian Mafia for centuries, is fading. But the inner network of the two main countries involved – U.S. and Sicily – are quieter than normal. When the death of Don Aprile is investigated, the doors close on the evidence and the killer, and all becomes silent.

Youngster Astorre Viola, Don Aprile’s adopted son, is a typical dandy – singing in the local bands, living in the countryside and an absolutely harmless ‘boy’. When the time comes, though, this man becomes the guardian and saviour of the Don Aprile’s three children. The existing don makes life harder for him and also conspires with south American druglords and powerful men to take over Don Aprile’s wealthy banks. Some cops are in on the drug money. And Viola can’t trust even the don’s children to help him find their father’s killer.

The plot – skillfully written – moves across the U.S. and in and out of Sicily. The characters are sketched out well in the beginning and progresses as the plot thickens. I found it a tad bit slower than Puzo’s The Sicilian, but this one’s more elaborate and involves several families across cities and continents.

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Rating: 7.8/10 (4 votes cast)
Silence Is Golden, 7.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings

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  1. August 16th, 2011 | Vivek Pereira says:

    Hey, is this the author of the Godfather? I just love watching those movies? This review is fabulous.

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