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Mile High

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Dial Press (first published 1968)
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Aaron VanAlstine
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Mile High is a multi-generational novel about a family of organized crime masterminds in New York. Published within months of “The Godfather,” unlike Mario Puzo’s masterpiece this book is meticulously detailed and filled with actual historical characters, from presidents down to ward bosses. Unfortunately, the book doesn’t follow a narrative thread and wanders aimlessly. I was about half way though when I finally got bored of all the fine detail and I set it aside. Richard Condon is a master ...more
Straker
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The first two-thirds of the novel are reasonably interesting if you're prepared to believe that the same man engineered the passage of Prohibition, created the American Mafia, and triggered the Great Depression. However in the last third the plot goes completely off the rails as the son of the main character engages in a highly improbable (for the times) interracial romance and the book culminates in a ridiculous murder plot high in the Adironacks. The ending is as predictable as it is absurd.
Scott Fuchs
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The first 2/3rds oft hiss books are thoroughly captivating; as good an immigrant family saga [although brief] as I've read. Condon's writing is superb and makes for a 'tired as I am, I must go on reading' exercise.

However, the last part of 'Mile High,' is preposterous and all other adjectives that that word encompasses. Would the writer who replaced Mr. Condon for the last past of this book please identify themselves.
Sharon
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: about-usa-canada
I don't recall where I picked up this pot-boiler set in Denver. The plot has escaped me, but there were some very disturbing sex scenes.
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Richard Thomas Condon was a satirical and thriller novelist best known for conspiratorial books such as The Manchurian Candidate.

After service in the United States Merchant Marine, Condon achieved moderate success as a Hollywood publicist, ad writer and Hollywood agent. Condon turned to writing in 1957. Employed by United Artists as an ad writer, he complained that he was wasting time in Hollywood
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