Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Gods and Fathers by James Lepore

Gods and Fathers by James Lepore

Publisher: The Story Plant 
Pages: 300 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  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. 

Kritters Thoughts:  With such an eerie cover, you can assume from the get go that this book will not be full of sunshine and rainbows.  From the beginning the reader is hooked into a roller coaster of a story with a very large cast of characters that intermingle and switch sides from good to evil.  At the center of this story is a father and son, the son Michael, not to be confused with the father who is Matt (I may have had some confusion!) is accused of murdering his girlfriend.  Beyond the murder accusation is an international scandal between the United States and Syria which involves many people with some undercover dealings.

The hardest part of this book was keeping straight the large cast of characters, who was a FBI agent, a NYPD officer, pro-Syria, and so on.  They each had an interest in the politics that were underneath the murder accusation.  Having to diagram the characters was hard and took away from the flow of the book.  If you can wrangle in all the characters, this book is a great who dun it with an international twist.

Rating:  definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

GR Cover Challenge 2012: All Smiles

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partner in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. Thank you for your honest review.

  2. Thank you, I always try to be honest, have heard some backlash, but would rather be honest.


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