Why did I love this book?
This book was my first foray into the world of gangsters.
Set just after World War Two in the dangerous alleys of the nascent American Mafia, The Godfather tells the story of the first family of American gangster fiction, their fight for survival, and bid for power.
The complex, indelibly drawn characters, including Vito Corleone, his three sons and their families, and “business associates” travel a bloody road of passion and power, conspiracy and crime.
This fictional family, the novel, films, and franchise have been part of my consciousness for as long as I can remember.
It’s not the best written novel on this list, but it may be the best-known, most influential crime novel ever, and that’s reason enough to read it. Capisce?