Pat Nolan flies to Paris to identify the body of his estranged daughter, Megan. She seemed fine when he spoke to her on Christmas Day, and her suicide several days later does not make sense.
When Pat arrives in Paris, he discovers it is not his daughterís body. Believing she is in danger and the suicide note holds important clues to her whereabouts, he identifies the body as Megan and has it cremated the same day as requested in the note. He then begins a search for his missing daughter that takes him further, physically and emotionally, than he ever thought possible.
With very few clues, and the help of beautiful French detective Catherine Laurence, Pat travels across France to such places as Marrakech, Casablanca, Tangiers, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Along the way, he becomes a target of the French police and a band of international terrorists.
While the reader follows Pat and Catherine on their increasingly dangerous journey, the author tells Meganís story beginning a year before her alleged suicide. She spent the previous ten years traveling throughout Europe as a writer while meeting men willing to pay for her companionship. Along the way, she met Abdel Lahani, a Saudi businessman. Lahani, it turns out, was not the typical mark. Megan became involved in a game far more dangerous and widespread than she could ever imagine.
A World I Never Made includes an interesting and diverse cast of characters. Besides those already mentioned, others include French Deputy Chief Inspector Genevieve LeGrand; a 14 year-old street flower vendor who keeps popping up in strange places; Daniel Pelletier, Catherineís beloved uncle and retired French gendarme (police officer); Annabella Jeritza, a Gypsy fortuneteller who befriended Megan; Annabellaís grandson Doro; Abdullah al-Azim, a Syrian pharmacist who helps Megan when she needs him most; and Max French, an American FBI agent.
James LePore has written a fascinating suspense story of power and treachery, broken relationships and redemption. Interweaving the two story lines throughout the book can sometimes cause the reader to lose track of the relationship between characters if one is not paying close attention. However, telling Pat and Meganís stories at the same time adds impact as they head towards a stunning and unexpected conclusion.
An attorney for over twenty years, LePoreís first novel is an impressive start to a great second career. I highly recommend this compelling suspense story filled with vivid characters and haunting storylines. A story that will stay with the reader long after the final page.
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