Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-9841905-2-2

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-016-8

Publication date: April 5, 2011

330 pages

“LePore is a wonderful storyteller, captivating the reader through his prose…. As the twists and turns develop and the story begins to solidify, you will be shocked by the choices and actions that take place within the novel.”

– Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy

After they are both dead, Chris Massi comes to bitterly regret that he rejected his Mafia-assassin father and his drug-addict brother, that he has real enemies who must be defeated at all costs.


Michele Mathias’ indulgence in drugs has led to tragedy. She fiercely resists Chris Massi’s intervention and then risks her life to save him from enemies both new and old.

Chris Massi has been running from his world his entire life. The son of a Mafia assassin and the former son-in-law of a mob kingpin, Massi has tried to stay on the right side of the law, building a prestigious career as an attorney, and insulating his children as much as possible. But now a series of tragedies have left him without a law license and without several of his loved ones. And at the same time, his teenaged son is beginning to gravitate toward the gangster world Chris has tried so hard to protect him from.

Michele Mathias has been running away from her life for more than a decade. Once a promising young woman with a future, she’s now a drug addicted street player living with the knowledge that her daughter – the only bright thing in her life – was taken away from her. When her roommate is murdered in a mob-related hit, her life intersects with Chris’s life – and their worlds change forever.

For Chris, a showdown is coming. The only way for him to save his son and regain his future is to face – and maybe even embrace – the demon he’s always avoided. For Michele, her last chance at redemption has arrived. How their journeys collide with the dark New York underworld is the stuff of the kind of suspenseful, passionate drama we’ve come to expect from James Lepore.

"Thrilling read for all crime and mystery lovers!”

– Crystal Book Reviews


Sons and Princes 

James LePore


“James LePore really knows his stuff. I found myself really pulling for Chris as he struggled with his dilemma, and hoping that he would find the best way to protect his family. I was also pulling for Michele, trusting that she could overcome the life that led her to lose her daughter. If you are into a good thrilling read, then you should definitely check out Sons and Princes by James LePore. You will NOT be disappointed!”
– Confessions of a Real Librarian

“Lepore had me hooked from the very first line, which is not hard to do when you’re asked to envision body parts showing up in a suitcase…. An absolute must-read!”
– The Celebrity Cafe

“If you have not read a book from Mr. LePore you are missing out…hard-hitting characters, a strong story line, and a craving for more!”
– Cheryl’s Book Nook

“LePore writes a captivating story nearly impossible to put down. His characters are both memorable and frightening…. This is an outstanding book, destined to be a classic.”
– Pick of the Literate


“In Sons and Princes author James LePore has crafted a sizzlingly tight Mafia tale, one that is far from black and white in either its presentation or resolution.”

– Musings of an All-Purpose Monkey

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.