Omertà: código de honor siciliano que reclama un silencio absoluto acerca de los asuntos de la Cosa Nostra.
Con Omertà, su obra póstuma, Mario Puzo concluye magistralmente el ciclo sobre la mafia que inició con El Padrino.
Tras toda una vida consagrada al mundo del crimen, Don Raymonde Aprile decide ceder el testigo al joven Astorre, su mano derecha. De esta manera, pretende preservar la intachable trayectoria de sus hijos, que han vivido al margen de la Mafia, y dedicarse a supervisar los bancos internacionales que posee. Sin embargo, el agente Cilke, del FBI, verá con recelo la jubilación de Don Aprile.
Cilke está consiguiendo que algunos miembros de la organización rompan el juramento de omertà. Mientras el FBI trata de estrechar el cerco en torno a la Mafia, Astorre Viola y los Aprile se debaten entre la compasión y la venganza.
THE FINAL CHAPTER IN MARIO PUZO’S LANDMARK MAFIA TRILOGY
Mario Puzo spent the last three years of his life writing Omerta, the concluding installment in his saga about power and morality in America. In The Godfather, he introduced us to the Corleones. In The Last Don, he told the wicked tale of the Clericuzios. In Omerta, Puzo chronicles the affairs of the Apriles, a family on the brink of legitimacy in a world of criminals.
Don Raymonde Aprile is an old man wily enough to retire gracefully from organized crime after a lifetime of ruthless conquest. Having kept his three children at a distance, he’s ensured that they are now respectable members of the establishment: Valerius is an army colonel who teaches at West Point, Marcantonio is an influential TV network executive, and Nicole is a corporate litigator with a weakness for pro bono cases to fight the death penalty. To protect them from harm, and to maintain his entrée into the legitimate world of international banking, Don Aprile has adopted a “nephew” from Sicily, Astorre Viola, whose legal guardian made the unfortunate decision to commit suicide in the trunk of a car. Astorre is an unlikely enforcer—a macaroni importer with a fondness for riding stallions and recording Italian ballads with his band.
Though Don Aprile’s retirement is seen as a business opportunity by his last Mafia rival, Timmona Portella, it is viewed with suspicion by Kurt Cilke, the FBI’s special agent in charge of investigating organized crime. Cilke has achieved remarkable success in breaking down the bonds between families, cultivating high-ranking sources who in return for federal protection have violated omerta—Sicilian for “code of silence,” the vow among men of honor that, until recently, kept them from betraying their secrets to the authorities.
As Cilke and the FBI mount their campaign to wipe out the Mafia once and for all, Astorre Viola and the Apriles find themselves in the midst of one last war, a conflict in which it is hard to distinguish who, if anyone, is on the right side of the law, and whether mercy or vengeance is the best course of action.
Rich with suspense, dark humor, and the larger-than-life characters who have turned Mario Puzo’s novels into modern myths, Omerta is a powerful epitaph for the Mafia at the turn of a new century, and a final triumph for a great American storyteller.