First Line: The Family Corleone, by Ed Falco
For this week’s Reporter, I’m reviewing The Family Corleone, by Ed Falco. Falco based his novel on the Godfather screenplay, originally by Mario Puzo. It’s meant to serve as a prequel to the iconic film. The Family Corleone hits shelves tomorrow, but enjoy the preview-first paragraph.
Giuseppe Mariposa waited at the window with his hands on his hips and his eyes on the Empire State Building To see the top of the building, the needlelike antenna piercing a pale blue sky, he leaned into the window frame and pressed his face against the glass. He had watched the building go up from the ground, and he liked to tell the boys how he’d been one of the last men to have dinner at the old Waldorf-Astoria, that magnificent hotel that once stood where the world’s tallest building now loomed. He stepped back from the window and brushed dust from his suit jacket.