Jon Land channels Mario Puzo is his latest novel, a book that more closely resembles The Godfather than it does the action-thrillers for which he is best known. The Seven Sins tells the story of the rise of casino mogul Michael Tiranno, known popularly as "The Tyrant."
Tiranno came from humble origins, a poor Sicilian boy left orphaned by the men who killed his family. But he didn't let that stop him from becoming a wealthy and powerful man. He is now the king of Las Vegas -- but that success came at a steep price and there are many dark secrets in his past.
In a gripping story told through alternating scenes of present-day action and flashbacks, The Seven Sins depicts the life of Tiranno, culminating in his efforts to save Las Vegas from a terrorist attack. Although the discontinuous timeline diminishes some of the story's momentum, the well-crafted biography of Tiranno makes for fine reading.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, June 29, 2008