The Family Corleone by Ed Falco

The Family Corleone by Ed Falco

Hey readers!

This week I’m reviewing a classic, The family Corleone by Ed Falco, l love procedural novels and shows, as well as crime shows. I’ve actually be really into the peaky blinders lately on Netflix. While looking for a book to fit my popsugar reading challenge category : A book with a family member term in the title, I came across my sister’s keeper and a few other intriguing titles, but this seemed right up my alley, and it was available on Overdrive – My Library’s Online Database, so perfect timing!

This installment shows Vito in his 40’s, starting around 1933, and focuses on his efforts to keep Sonny safe and out of the dirtier parts of the business. Unbeknownst to Vito however, Sonny has already started his own team known for hijacking, bootlegging, and seducing women. In the end, father and son join forces to fight an escalating war between other Italian crime families and a few other pushers as well. You can guess who lands on top.

This is a really long book. I often lose track of that when listening to audio books.  Ed Falco utilized a screen play left behind in death by Puzo to create this prequel to Mario Puzo’s the godfather. Falco’s creation tells the backstory of many beloved characters, Vito and Sonny Corleone, Tom Hagen, and the dangerous Luca Brasi. The story is full of danger, plotting, traditions and even some romance, and shares the fully dynamics of family and frienemies in the 1930’s. I really enjoyed the family dynamics and the politics of the seedy underworld portrayed in this book and the genre at large. Ed Falco does a great job of realizing new and old characters alike and continuing Puzo’s story. I haven’t read the godfather, but I have seen the movie and I was not disappointed by this revisit.

If you also enjoyed Ed Falco’s wiring and characterization check out  Toughs also by Ed Falco, which is follows the actions of the Irish gangs during the same time period.

If Mario Puzos original work was more your style, then read The Last Don by Mario Puzo, which is set in a different universe but is again a very similar style of writing and characterization.

 Were you fascinated buy the women’s rolls in the family Corleone? If a woman’s touch in a novel makes you go all tingly in side then check out The Sadness of the Samurai by Victor Del Arbol, which follows the interactions of to women, decades apart as they struggle with the love and prosecution of the same bad boy.


Have you read any of these books before? What do you think of the Godfather series, or Ed Falco’s or Mario puzos’ other works? Have you seen any of godfather Movies, or peaky blinders? I’d love to hear what you have to say so please comment below or email me at!