Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-029-8

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-943486-39–7

Publication date: February 7, 2012

276 pages

“I don't think I can say enough about this novel. It really was that amazing to me.”

– My Reading Room

Matt DeMarco's anger has fueled his success as a prosecutor, but it has a cost that he learns has to be paid in full as he struggles against internal and external demons as he sets out to save his son Michael from an unjust charge of murder.

Half black, half Chinese, attorney Jade Lee is too beautiful for her own good. She has given up on men, and is on the verge of losing her son to his biological father, a man who deals in filth, when she and Matt join forces to save Michael, and each other.

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.

“As a lover of John Grisham novels I’m always thrilled to find a talented legal/political thriller author and I have certainly found that in James LePore. I now look forward to reading all his past and future novels.”
– Book Bags and Cat Naps



Gods and Fathers 

James LePore




“Pop some popcorn and find a comfy chair because you are in for one heck of a ride with this legal thriller.”
– The Top Shelf

“This thriller novel is BEYOND a 5-Book worthy rating. The rush that flows through the reader with each new page twist is awesome.”
– Reviews by Molly

“I loved it!”
– Tonto Williams’s Electronic Scrapbook


Gods and Fathers was a great suspense-filled novel that you enjoyed and were turning pages as fast as you could.”
– Sweeping Me

“A fast-paced international suspense thriller that is action-packed and full of intrigue.”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews


Gods and Fathers by James LePore is a superb murder mystery/thriller that gets you right on the first page.”
– Celtic Lady’s Reviews


Gods and Fathers is a powerful book! It draws you into it and does not let you go before you have turned the last page.”
– Me and Reading


“Fantastic novel!! If you like thrillers and who-dun-its then you'll love this book. I know I did.”
– Sapphyria’s Book Reviews


“This book has it all...good guys, bad guys, twists, surprises and a great ending! I'd definitely recommend it to lovers of mystery/suspense.”
– I’d Rather Be At The Beach

“I think James LePore is destined to be one of the top crime writers of our time. He is definitely one to watch and put on your must read lists.”
– Alaskan Bookie


“LePore has a way of crafting a plot where you think you know exactly what’s going to happen next when — Kapow! — total left hook.”
– Words by Webb

“The plot was just fantastic, twisting and turning with so many unexpected series of events! Really awesome!”
– Words I Write Crazy

“The story will surprise you, puzzle you, challenge you and simply refuse to let you go.”
– View from the Phlipside

“If you like political thrillers then you need to get this book!”
– Purple Penguin Reviews

“I love legal thrillers, being a fan of John Grisham and Corban Addison, now James LePore is on the scene, promising thrills and chills in a world of lawmakers, enforcers and law breakers. If you enjoy a good legal thriller, you will find it in Gods and Fathers.”
– My Bookshelf

“This thriller is ‘A Perfect Escape,’ sit back and enjoy this fast paced dramatic ride, you will not be able to put it down!”
– Escape with Dollycas

“James LePore is one of my favorites among the current group of thriller writers, and his latest novel, Gods and Fathers, may be his best yet.”
– Rough Edges

“I couldn’t put the book down.”
– Novel Reaction

“Excitement from the first page to the last, Gods and Fathers by James LePore will capture your attention and keep it for the duration. In fact, you may not want to put this one down until you have devoured the last word.”
– Single Titles

“This story has so many twists and turns and becomes an incredible cat and mouse chase with Matt trying to do everything possible to save his son.”
– Jagged Edge Reviews

“James LePore never ceases to impress me with his complex plots and deeply driven characters. Gods and Fathers is his strongest international thriller thus far, with stronger characters and suspense that will have you grinding your teeth with tension. Throw in moral complications that up the wince factor, and you’ve got a thriller that’s going to keep you up all night.”
– Nights and Weekends

“LePore is on my radar – he definitely is a fantastic writer and I am anxious to see what he comes up with next!”
– Every Day is an Adventure

“I can honestly recommend this title without any reservations. I truly believe it was presented well and offers readers the chance to escape into a world of mystery that will get your heart pounding with an ending you won’t see coming.”

Joel M. Andre

Gods and Fathers is a fantastic international thriller. It's also a great legal drama with a deftly written mystery intertwined. How can that not be everything you're looking for in your next read?”

– From the TBR Pile

New York Times bestselling author William Landay said, "Jim LePore is a great discovery." Blogcritics called his first novel, A World I Never Made, “An outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller.” Of his most recent novel, The Fifth Man, Tome Tender said, "This is another great read from James LePore, who seems to have a knack for writing dark, gritty and gripping scenes with characters that can make your skin crawl and will have you looking over your shoulder." LePore’s brilliance is his ability to create complex, relatable characters and place them in tense situations where their very humanity comes into question. The result is stirring fiction that hits you in the gut and the heart at the same time.