Mark Winegardner is the author of three acclaimed novels, including the bestseller The Godfather: The Lost Years.
It is 1963 in New York, and things have never been better for the Corleones. They've taken out their Mafia rivals, and legitimised the Family. Outside the fortified building owned by Michael Corleone, newly undisputed Boss of Bosses, a parade of people - among them former mob rivals and an emissary from the Mayor of New York - wait to ask the great man for favours.
Only one thing remains to be done. Traitorous former Corleone capo Nick Geraci has powerful friends and far too much to say, and needs to be brought in. But then everything changes. As fireworks explode over First Avenue, news arrives that Jimmy Shea, President of the United States and an old friend of the Corleone's, has been assassinated...
Praise for The Godfather: The Lost Years He (Winegardner) has done an excellent job and, though he is standing on the shoulders of a giant, The Lost Years is ... an improvement on its model
[The Godfather; The Lost Years] is not only a real book by a real writer. It's also a real pleasure, a fine, swirling epic - bitter, touching, funny and true ... Winegardner has not squandered his inheritanceThe measure of his success is quickly apparent ... he brilliantly recreates the vivid, pungent prose style of Puzo's originalEverything it should be. [Readers] probably won't be able to put this one downThe story has achieved cult status with millions of fans who continue to read it