Jay Cassio and Dan Del Colliano have been best friends since childhood, when they met while growing up in a tough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. Throughout their lives, Dan was there for Jay, protecting him from kids on the street, and supporting him when he lost his parents. But when Dan is murdered, and his death appears to be linked to the death of Jay's client and her husband, Jay is the one who has to step up and take the lead to bring the murderer to justice.
In Blood of My Brother, James LePore weaves a suspenseful tale that spans the U.S. and Mexico, bringing together corrupt businessmen and politicians from both countries. Jay finds he has been thrust into a situation that is much bigger than him and his childhood friend.
The story is told through several points of view, but is mostly focused on Jay and Isabel, the woman at the heart of the situation. LePore provides deep backgrounds on both of these characters, so we can clearly understand the circumstances of their youth and how that affected who they are today. There are many other characters involved, but LePore doesn't go into a great deal of depth about each of them. I actually found I had to look back occasionally to remind myself who some of them were; it got a bit confusing. But Blood of My Brother kept my interest throughout ~ there were plenty of twists and turns to entice me to turn the page and see what was going to happen next.
My Rating: 3/5
For more information about Blood of My Brother, visit James LePore's website.
Read an excerpt (pdf)
Read my review of Gods and Fathers by James LePore
This review was written based on a copy of Blood of My Brother that I received from The Story Plant in exchange for an honest review.