Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 11-12.


Condon, Richard.  Prizzi’s Honor.  New York: Coward, McCann, and Geogehan, 1982.

Prizzi’s Honor brought Richard Condon to more attention than any of his books, with the possible exception of The Manchurian Candidate (1959).  With Janet Roach, Condon co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the novel, directed by John Huston and starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, and Angelica Huston.  For the screenplay, Condon was nominated for an Academy Award and received awards from the Writers Guild of America and the British Academy of Film and Television Sciences.  The novel ultimately became the middle novel in a trilogy, with the prequel, Prizzi’s Family, being published in 1988 and the sequel, Prizzi’s Money, in 1994.  Prizzi’s Honor was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection, and Prizzi’s Family was a main selection of the Literary Guild.

The Prizzi novels were three of the final four novels that Condon produced.  They represent a…

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