Monday, July 23, 2012

Sons and Princes by James LePore


Title: Sons and Princes
Author: James LePore
ISBN: ISBN: 978-0984190522
Publisher: The Story Plant/2011
Pages: 332

Chris Massi is the son of legendary Mafia hitman Joe Black Massi, who has been murdered. Chris has stayed away from organized crime despite his family affiliations to it and also he had been married to the daughter of Anthony “Junior Boy” DiGiglio, who is the last of the Mafia dons. Ed Nolan, a U.S. attorney, and former childhood friend of Chris, has a grudge against him and falsely indicts him in security fraud which gets Chris disbarred from practicing law. When his  former father-in-law offers Chris a chance to take revenge on the man who got his father killed, Chris has to choose between his law-abiding existence or live up to his legacy.

Before he can make a choice, his son seems to be enamoured by the mafia and organized crimes. And it is his job to get Matt out of it. Without taking help from anyone, he plunges into the midst of it all. All this leads him into snuff films, and drugs, which somehow connects to his ex father-in-law. The plot thickens with lots of murders, shoot outs, double crossing and totally unexpected revelations. 

The line between good guy and bad guy gets blurred. James LePore has created believable characters, realistic, and those who hurt or can hurt. The plot has many twists and keeps the reader on the edge. The loyalty and honour within the mafia is commendable. Outside of it, is what is disturbing. LePore has the ability to make us think what is good about the bad and vice versa. I have read all his novels and he has mastered the craft of keeping his readers enthralled. 

5 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Gautami - This one sounds like a very interesting exploration of who really "counts" as "good guys" and "bad guys." It sounds as though there's a lot of action and quick pace too. Thanks for sharing.

TracyK said...

This is a new author to me. I will have to see if I can find some of his books. At least they are stand alone and I don't have to worry about finding the first in a series.

Peggy Ann said...

Very interesting!

Lou Aronica said...

Gautami,

Thanks for the great review of Jim LePore's work.


Lou Aronica,
Publisher, The Story Plant

kimbacaffeinate said...

I like a plot with twists and believable characters this looks like a good one..awesome review.