Prizzi's Honor

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Thorndike Press, 1982 - Fiction - 480 pages
Prizzi's Honor is protected by Charley Partanna, hitman and "Prince of the Murderers" for the powerful Prizzi family. Despite his occupation, Charley is endearing, and, when he falls head-over-heels for Irene Walker, it is calamitous. Charley little dreams that Irene also works for the family, that she's a free-lance expert in his own field. In the brutal and intensely "moral" world of the Mafia, Charley and Irene struggle to trust one another, and to come to terms with the convoluted political reality of betrayal that governs their lives. This modern-day "Romeo and Juliet" is a memorable portrait of the Mafia way of life and a love story that won't soon be forgotten. --Book jacket.

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User Review  - christinejoseph - LibraryThing

Mafia story; Irene + Charley 2 hit people - honor of family PRIZZI'S HONOR is no ordinary story of boy-meets-girl. Charley Partanna is a faithful lieutenant for the Prizzis, New York's most powerful ... Read full review

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User Review  - RicDay - LibraryThing

Not as good or intense as the Manchurian Candidate, this is still a great crime story - perhaps a minor classic. Read full review


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Richard Thomas Condon was born in New York City on March 18, 1915. He served in the United States Merchant Navy. He worked in advertising and was a publicist for several film companies, including Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Productions. At the age of 42, he published his first novel, The Oldest Confession, in 1958. His second novel, The Manchurian Candidate, gained him international attention and was adapted as a film starring Frank Sinatra in 1962. His novels, A Talent for Loving, Winter Kill and Prizzi's Honor, were also adapted for films. His other works include An Infinity of Mirrors, The Vertical Smile, The Star Spangled Crunch, Prizzi's Family, Prizzi's Glory, and The Final Addiction. He died on April 9, 1996.

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