More than a year before Random House published The Godfather
Returns in hardcover I started hearing mumblings about it in the trade press, but I didn't give it much thought, assuming it to be yet
another attempt to extend the franchise of a dead author (Mario Puzo died in
1999 at the age of 79). However, the 'buzz' kept building with the
indications being that Winegardner was not only living up to Puzo's book and
screenplays but (some reviewers even dared to imply that) he might have improved
Winegardner has some advantages that Puzo did not. Firstly, most, if not all, of the real life characters that Puzo hinted at are now dead, which means that whereas Puzo could only hint at similarities between Johnny Fontane and Frank Sinatra, Winegardner can name names. Also, now that the Kennedy legend is less overpowering, ...
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