Before "The Sopranos," there was The Godfather. The Francis Ford Coppola film gave rise to one of the most notorious archetypical figures of the latter third of the 20th century. Who among us has not said, jokingly or otherwise, to an associate, "I'll make you an offer you can't refuse"? Who has not made reference to the infamous "horse's head" vignette?
The Godfather is so well-known, in fact, that many people forget that it is actually a film adaptation of a novel. THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo was a wildly successful novel long before the movie of the same name --- and its su