When Jay Cassio's best friend is murdered in a job clearly done by professionals, the walls that he has built to protect himself from the world of others begin to shatter. Dan Del Colliano had been his confidante and protector since the men were children on the savage streets of Newark, New Jersey. When Dan supports and revives Jay after Jay's parents die in a plane crash, their bond deepens to something beyond brotherhood, beyond blood. Now Jay, a successful lawyer, must find out why Dan died and find a way to seek justice for his murder.
Isabel Perez has lived a life both tainted and charmed since she was a teenager in Mexico. She holds powerful sway over men and has even more powerful alliances with people no one should ever try to cross. She desperately wants her freedom from the chains these people have placed on her. When Jay catapults into her world, their connection is electric, their alliance is lethal, and their future is anything but certain.
I've been trying to figure out if the picture on the cover is a depiction of a lady in the throes of passion, which would represent Isabel, or if it is a depiction of a person murdered, which would represent any number of people.
This book is definitely engaging and was one I did not want to put down once I started it. The relationship between Jay and Dan was realistic and, in the end, sad. There was some back-and-forth, at the beginning of book, between present day and the past, but that ended once you got the necessary background information to help you understand the story.
Jay - A deeply rooted Italian-American lawyer who cannot follow in his grandfather's and father's footsteps ... So, he decides to become a lawyer and, when we meet the adult version, has his own practice. He has become emotionally closed off ever since the death of his parents.
Dan - Jay's best friend since pre-K. He is a private investigator and enjoys the attentions of ladies. He has a self-destructive side which, ultimately, causes him to meet an untimely death.
Isabel - Raised an orphan not knowing who her parents were. She gets adopted by "Uncle" Herman who turns her into a prostitute for his own gain. She is resourceful, strong-willed and determined to escape from Herman any way possible.
This was a well-written story with enough twist and turns to keep a reader guessing and wanting to know more. This is the third James LePore book that I have read and he has become one of my "must-read" authors. His work has been consistent and is an author that I recommend to all suspense lovers.
In 1999 I sold my law practice to write full time. In 2008, I signed a four-book contract with The Story Plant, a small, agile publisher in Stamford, Connecticut. My first novel, 'A World I Never Made,' was released in April, 2009. The second, 'Blood of My Brother,' came out on December 25, 2010, and the third, 'Sons and Princes,' on April 5, 2011. I have also written six short stories that stand alone as pieces of short fiction, but that are meant to accompany my first two novels. The first three of these was released in February, 2011, under the title, 'Anyone Can Die.'