Omerta, the Sicilian code of silence, has been the cornerstone of the Mafia's sense of honour for centuries.
Born in the Sicilian hills, omerta carried the Mafia through a century of change, but now at the century's end it is becoming a relic from a bygone age. Honour may be silent - but money talks.
New York - a mob boss is assassinated and no one will talk. His nephew and the head of the city's FBI both launch investigations into the murder. But silence spreads like a contagion: the silence of rival gangs, the silence of crooked bankers; even the silence of the courts. But this is a world without integrity, and riven with greed. And when money starts to talk . . .
From the author of 'The Godfather'.