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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  826 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Cesare Cardinali is a young Italian aristocrat with an inborn penchant for violence who owes his lush lifestyle to the favors of a Mafia overlord. He is more than happy to return the favors by silencing four men awaiting trial in a sensational case against organized crime. Special Agent George Baker is the man who has assembled the evidence to put those same four men away ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Signet (first published August 1st 1981)
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Alex Cord
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I might be biased because I was in the movie... BUT I really thought this was one of Harold Robbins best books. "A Stone For Danny Fisher" and "Stiletto" are probably his best works. ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I happened to find a rather old copy of this book in our bookshelf back home and picked it up because I wanted something rather small and light to read on a flight. After I finished it (it did not take too long) I think I'm going to categorise it as an in-flight book. It is small and light, as mentioned before, it is fast paced enough to not bore you and it is not complex enough to make you want to reach for dictionaries or make you drift off mentally or fall asleep.

It's been a long time since I
Rupesh Goenka
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
A typical Harold Robbins novel of Power & Sex...
Jean Darroch
Apr 12, 2009 rated it liked it
it was a typical light romantic read, but it did have a story. I did learn that a stiletto was a knife and not shoes.
Nikolaus Buenconsejo
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Lisa Roper
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
The master of sexy novels in the 70's! His books are full of lively characters, strong women and lots of filthy details! ...more
Elaine Nickolan
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this read. What happens when you make a deal with the devil and you are already a nasty piece of work? To get out from under the thumb of his uncle, Cesare makes a deal with Don Emilio. What he finds out though is that you can never repay your debt to the "family" and hope to live. Lots of double crosses and interesting payback. Trust no one would be a good moral for this story. ...more
Shamim E. Haque
An interesting early book on the Mafia operating in the US (and exclusively using New York, at the time, as its base). Penned during the mid 50s, this book predate Mario Puzo's much celebrated Godfather, and provided a detailed modus operandi of the Italian mafia- well before it became popular knowledge (and stock formula for many subsequent movies, TV soaps and books). Harold Robbins is easy to read and the plethora of cheap editions (with covers that are incongruent to the content inside) perh ...more
Marco Cerbo
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Storia di un assassino che uccide con uno stiletto. Mafia, donne, auto da corsa. Gli ingredienti ci sono, ma l'amalgama è troppo semplice e un po' datato. Va però tenuto conto che Robbins ha inventato il genere. ...more
Oct 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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This was my first encounter with Harold Robbins; surprisingly, I enjoyed reading this novel depicting a cold-blooded protagonist subsequently doomed to reach his tragic fate.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le falto más centrarse en la historia
Fernanda Martins
Not so good as I thought. Quite superficial.
Antonella Imperiali
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chiaramente letto in edizione italiana!
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Normalito sin más...
John R. Goyer
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
an ok read - the storyline was good, but not totally plausible, and the characters seemed shallow and not well developed. Nothing all that surprising or interesting to report although the interactions between the Count and the Inspector were handled well.
Jun 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The plot was a bit choppy and difficult to follow.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sreedhar Pothukuchi
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the greatest story-tellers of all times. A mafia thriller set in New York and a drama played out by 1st generation European settlers in the post 2nd world war era. Richly garnished with style and sleaze, the plot is quite delicious even half a century later. The world must has become a very uninteresting place these days, it is not provoking writers to pen such unputdownable novels.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the better Harold Robbins novels. Extremely good read.
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Born as Harold Rubin in New York City, he later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys home. In reality he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants. He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in Brooklyn.

His first book, Never Love a Stranger (1948), caused controversy with its graphic sexuality. Publisher Pat Knopf reportedly bought Never

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