Review by Ryder Islington
I was quite surprised by the interweaving of current events and believable circumstances that form not only the main plot but several subplots in this thriller by James LePore. It’s not enough that the main character, Matt DeMarco, is swimming in personal problems, including the fact that his ex-wife is married to an Arab multi-millionaire who has managed to turn Matt’s son into an entitled, arrogant, disrespectful user. Matt’s love life is a shambles, his temper has already brought about a death, and his boss, District Attorney, Jonathan Healy, is up for re-election and can’t afford bad publicity.
Then the unimaginable happens. Two cops, close friends of Matt, show up to arrest his son for rape and murder. You would think this story would work its way through the typical American criminal justice system, but add Middle-Eastern extremists, political intrigue, an old grudge, and an old flame, and Matt’s life is turned into an international issue. Though I would recommend this book to readers of thrillers, I must say it could have been better.
The writing is really good, but the editing, not so much. It’s really a shame that such a good writer of such a good story, might be held back for lack of a good editor. The mistakes are glaring and pulled me out of the story. Not being a perfectionist, I continued to read, and overall, enjoyed the experience.