Blood of My Brother-James LePore

Blood of My Brother

James LePore

The Story Plant, Dec 25 2010, $16.95

ISBN: 9780981956886

In 1967 at the St. Lucy’s School in Newark, New Jersey, five year old Jay Cassio and Danny Del Collinao met while each were watching the nearby street riots.  They became best friends being there for one another although their personalities were opposites with Jay being cautious and Danny a risk taker.  Helping each other survive the mean streets, Jay became a lawyer while Danny ended up as a private investigator.

In 2004, Danny tells Jay that Donna Kelly hired him to deliver 500,000 dollars to her in Miami.  Apparently the now deceased Bryce Powers, husband to Jay’s late client Kate, gave it to her to hold for one month.  With both Powers dead from what the cops insist was a murder-suicide, Donna wants the loot.  However, not long afterward, Dan is found tortured and dead in the South Miami Beach Motor Hotel.  Out of character for the conservative Jay, he needs to know why.  The Florida and New Jersey roads lead to Isabel Perez in Mexico where Bryce lived for five years.

Moving back and forth between 2004 and the past, fans obtain a taste of the two best buddies who have each other’s back.  Thus when his friend his murdered, Jay, seemingly out of character, but in search of closure must know who killed Danny and why.  Fans will accompany Jay who for the time takes a major dangerous risk without Danny coaxing him.  The aptly titled Blood of My Brother is a tense thriller as the hero will learn whether the truth shall set him free or kill him.

Harriet Klausner

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