Richard Condon | Critical Review by Chris Petrakos

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Critical Review by Chris Petrakos

SOURCE: "Appraising Condon's Latest 'Prizzi'," in Chicago Tribune, February 20, 1994, sec. 14, p. 7.

In the following excerpt, Petrakos gives a brief, favorable review of Prizzi's Money.

Malice, greed, violent death, betrayal, conspiracy—only Richard Condon can write about such matters and leave his readers feeling cheerful and refreshed. While Condon's new book, Prizzi's Money, is not quite up to his previous volumes on the first family of crime, it still delivers enough jabs to the bloated gut of American culture to keep the pages turning at high speed.

The book begins with the spectacular kidnapping of political heavyweight Henry George Asbury, a man who has "been seriously involved with every mirror he ever met." But the kidnapping is simply a money-making scheme hatched by Asbury and his very cunning wife, Julia, who also happens to be the daughter of a Mafia hitman, the Plumber.

Henry has made a big mistake, however; he's double-crossed his wife and cut the Prizzi family into the deal. Julia's subsequent fury, her icy resolve and her absolute skill as a financial and sexual manipulator sets the plot running in several directions and threatens to pull down the Prizzi empire.

As usual, Condon spins a bunch of insane variations off of this already manic scheme, introducing old characters like Charley Partanna and Maerose Prizzi, as well as new ones like Pino Tasco, the killer with the beautiful teeth. His manic plotting is as entertaining as always, as are his lightning like guerrilla attacks on politicians and the Catholic church. And I'm always astonished by how much Condon can pack into a descriptive statement: "Vincent had a totally closed face, like a bank vault shut impenetrably by a system of time locks."

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