Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Review: Gods and Fathers
Gods and Fathers by James LePore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received a free eBook ARC from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from NetGalley: Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops - men he's known for a long time - come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy's girlfriend.
Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends - and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.
Gods and Fathers is at once a powerful mystery and a provocative international thriller, all of it presented with LePore's signature fascinating characters placed in dire circumstances where every choice poses new and potentially fatal challenges.
My Thoughts: This was a wonderfully intricate story. It is full of double- and triple-crosses and you never know who can be trusted, nor who has done what, for absolute certain. Twists keep coming until the very final page – a final twist I never expected. Interestingly, I just finished editing a book that dealt with some of the same themes regarding the Hezbollah, Beirut, Syria, Islamic fundamentalist fanatics and the sorts of terrible things that are done in the name of religion – however, it was set back in the 1980s, during the reign of the Ayatollah. I found this synchronicity fascinating, and it really added to my experience. People who enjoy thrillers and suspense will enjoy this. If you are tired of legal thrillers, then don’t fear – there is very little of the legal thriller here; this is straight suspense. Highly recommended.
About the Author: Nationally bestselling author James LePore has established a reputation as a writer whose vividly drawn characters and morally complex plots have kept readers up to all hours turning pages. His new novel promises more sleepless nights and more nonstop thrills.
James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades, and an accomplished photographer. He is the author of three previous novels, A World I Never Made, Blood of My Brother, and Sons and Princes, as well as the story collection,Anyone Can Die. He lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife, artist Karen Chandler.
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