A World I Never Made

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"Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help. This sends Pat on an odyssey with Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but tormented Paris detective, that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists.

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Overview

"Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help. This sends Pat on an odyssey with Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but tormented Paris detective, that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists.

Juxtaposed against this story is Megan's story. A freelance journalist, Megan is in Morocco to do research when she meets Abdel Lahani, a Saudi businessman. They begin a torrid affair, a game Megan has played often and well in her adult life. But what she discovers about Lahani puts her in the center of a different kind of game, one with rules she can barely comprehend, and one that puts the lives of many-maybe even millions-at risk.

A WORLD I NEVER MADE is an atmospheric novel of suspense with brilliantly drawn characters and back-stories as compelling as the plot itself-a novel that resonates deeply and leaves its traces long after you turn the final page."

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“A WORLD I NEVER MADE is an outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller. The story moves very quickly, almost to the point that the reader feels as if they'll miss something if they put the book down even for a moment…. I'm looking forward to James LePore's next work; this one was a gripping read that I would recommend to anyone.”
– Blogcritics

“This is a well-paced, intriguing story that weaves a lot of threads together before finally bringing them all back for the somewhat surprising finale. I really enjoyed the locations, the intrigue, and for me, Megan's struggle to extricate herself from a good situation gone bad...”
– The Loud Librarian

“The key to this exciting thriller is the cast especially the Nolan father and daughter. Pat is terrific from the stunning opening sequence when he reads his daughter’s suicide note, his lie re the corpse, which Laurence’s superior Inspector LeGrand accepts though he knows otherwise, and subsequently his inquiry. Megan is mostly seen through his perception of her though the audience learns relatively early why the Saudis believe she is alive…fans will enjoy this one sitting suspense thriller.”
– Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette

“James LePore has written a fascinating suspense story of power and treachery, broken relationships and redemption….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.”
– Bella Online

“Nothing could have torn my attention away from this story. A WORLD I NEVER MADE by James LePore is a must read for thriller fans!”
– Cheryl’s Book Nook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981956855
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades. He is also an accomplished photographer (his was can be seen at www.nakedeyeimages.com). He lives in South Salem, NY with his wife, artist Karen Chandler. A World I Never Made is his first novel and the first of three LePore paperbacks that The Story Plant will publish in 2010. He is currently at work on his fourth novel, which The Story Plant plans to publish in hardcover in 2011.
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A World I Never Made


By Lepore, James

Story Plant, The

Copyright © 2010 Lepore, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780981956855

(From Chapter Two)

Paris, January 2, 2004

Pat arrived at his hotel at a few minutes before noon, which gave him just enough time to put the roses into a vase with water and wash his face and hands before going down to the lobby to meet Officer Laurence. When he unwrapped the roses, a prayer card of some kind fell out; he put this in his pocket without thinking much about it. He told the desk clerk that he was expecting an Officer Laurence of the Paris police and pointed to a stuffed chair in a corner where he would be waiting for her. There he sat and began to ponder his strange meeting with the flower girl, but within seconds, or so it seemed, he was interrupted by a tall angular woman in her mid-thirties dressed in a chic dark blue suit over a white silk blouse. Her nose was on the large side and slightly bumpy, and would have dominated her face except that it was nicely in proportion to her high, wide cheekbones and full-lipped broad mouth. The eyes in this face, forthright eyes that met his squarely, were an arresting shade of gray-green that Pat had never seen before. Her gold bracelets jangled as she extended her hand to him and introduced herself with a half smile and a nod of her head.

"Do you speak French, Monsieur Nolan?”

"Un peu.”

"You prefer English?”

"Yes.”

"Mais oui. Of course. You seem surprised, Monsieur. I am not dressed to chase criminals today.”

"I was expecting someone in a uniform. Inspector LeGrand said you were an officer.”

"I am an officer of the judiciary police. In America I would be a detective.”

Pat was surprised at Laurence’s appearance, but it wasn’t at the way she was dressed. Nor was it solely how lovely she was, although she was quite lovely to look at. It was, he realized, how interesting the look in her beautiful eyes was. There was no French arrogance in them, but its opposite, something akin to humility or a complicated, frustrating sadness not unlike his own. This look, whether imagined or real, and the thought it sparked in his overworked mind, took Pat for a moment—a very brief moment—out of himself, a process that on some wider level he observed with gratitude.

"Shall we go?” Laurence said softly, bringing him swiftly but gently back to the grim task at hand.

The ride to the hospital in Laurence’s black Peugeot station wagon was short and quiet. Once there, Laurence spoke rapidly in French to a desk clerk, then shepherded Pat into an elevator which took them to the basement.

"Wait,” she said when they exited the elevator; then, turning, she walked quickly down a long corridor, her high heels clicking on the tiled floor. She disappeared behind double swinging doors, reemerging a moment later and gesturing to Pat to come. It was a long walk for Pat, longer even than the one he had taken twenty-nine years ago to confirm for himself that his wife of eight months was dead. Laurence held open one of the swinging doors for him and he entered a squarish, harshly lit room with a wall of stainless steel body lockers at one end and an autopsy station at the other, where a lab technician in a white smock stood next to a gurney. Pat took this scene in for a moment and then felt Officer Laurence’s hand on his left forearm. At the gurney, Laurence nodded to the technician, who pulled down gently on the pale green sheet. Pat’s eyes went first to the shaved head, then to the crude sutures at the right temple, and then finally to the face, white and stony in death these last four days. It was not Megan. It was a woman generally of Megan’s age and size and coloring, but it was not her.

"This is your daughter, Monsieur Nolan?”

Pat’s mind had stopped working for a second, but it started again when he heard Officer Laurence’s voice. Other voices then filled his head.

My birthday’s coming up. You can bring me a present.

A quick cremation.

Have faith, Monsieur. You will be led to her.


Megan was alive but wanted the world to think she was dead. The world except for Pat and the flower girl on the Street of Flowers.

"Yes,” he answered, nodding, and at the same time reaching out and placing his right hand over the body’s left hand. He pressed through the sheet to feel for the heavy silver ring that he had bought for Lorrie on their honeymoon and then given to Megan when she turned sixteen. To the best of his knowledge, she had not taken it off since. He confirmed its absence, then stepped away from the gurney, keeping his eyes on the unknown woman who had visited Megan on December 30 and killed herself in furtherance of what dark and strange conspiracy—a conspiracy he had now joined—Pat could not fathom. Why, Megan? And where are you?

"She has lost weight from her cancer,” said Laurence.

"Yes.”

The detective nodded to the technician, who pulled the sheet up and began wheeling the gurney toward the lockers.

"Detective Laurence,” Pat said.

"Yes.”

"I would like to have my daughter cremated today if possible. Can you help me?”

"Yes. Upstairs we will sign papers to release the body. We will call a crematorium from my cell phone.”

"And her personal effects?”

"I have them in my car. I will take you to her room if you like.”

"Yes. I would.”

"Perhaps you would like something to eat first, a drink?”

Yes, I could use a drink, a long night of drinking, Pat thought, realizing, as Laurence stared intently at him that the stunned look on his face was not what she thought it was, sorry that he had had to lie to her.

"No,” he said, thanking her with his eyes for the sympathy in hers. "Let’s get it over with.”

Continues...

Excerpted from A World I Never Made by Lepore, James Copyright © 2010 by Lepore, James. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    A Must Read!

    WOW! I always read right before bed, and I picked up this novel with the intention of whetting my appetite through a few chapters, but I ended up reading the entire novel in one sitting. Needless to say, I got very little sleep, but the story was well worth it, permeating my dreams once the tale came to an end-it is that powerful.

    In a sentence: A World I Never Made is a stunning tale of love and deception. I love this novel! LePore is a master storyteller, keeping the reader glued to the pages from the very beginning. The story is a whirlwind of mystery, spurring the reader on as the truth unfolds. The characters... the story... the suspense... everything was phenomenal! I loved the juxtaposition of the two stories: Pat's present, and Megan's past, which eventually come together to create a mind blowing grand finale to LePore's debut novel about terrorism. It is obvious that LePore put a lot of time and research into this novel, and it shows through the pages of this epic tale. This book is a must read; you will not be disappointed with LePore's sheer talent, which will hopefully make it to the big screen. Five stars!

    71 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    A World I Never Made

    This is a remarkable thriller about a father and daughter and the hunt for terrorists. Pat Nolan comes to France to identify the body of his estranged daughter who had committed suicide. Although, he tells the authorities that it is her, he knows it is not and starts a search for her. Chapters alternate between the father and daughter and the reason why his daughter faked her death. Is she a terrorist as the authorities believe or is it something else as Pat searches for answers. This reader gotten taken in with the storyline, the locations and the characters. A good book from this attorney turned author.

    23 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Good storyline

    I had reservations about this book when I saw that a lot of it was situated in the middle east, but it only took a few pages to draw me in. The misspellings and punctuation errors were a bit distracting - I don't know if the hard copy is has those or if it was a result of the conversion to electronic copy, but, if I were Mr. Lepore, I'd demand that those be fixed. Those things aside, I recommend this book. It is a thriller that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Thanks to B&N for offering it on Freebook Fridays.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great mystery and thriller to read

    A great story about a father searching for his daughter in France. He gets involed in a mystery about where she is, why she is there, and why people are after her. Alot of thrilling, exciting, and strange twists that add suspence all the way through.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Read if ur wondering bout ages reading

    If the person who is young is mature enough to handle subject material like this then, they can read it. It just dpends on the person. If you want to be sure read it yourself to get an idea of the material

    4 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Good read

    I enjoyed this book. The author created realistic characters and the story line flows well. Not a book I would read multiple times but will certainly consider other books by this author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Too simplistic

    I read the brief summary and was attracted to it. However, the story was slow moving, predictable, and failed to live up to its promise. It lacked suspense, and had too many convenient coincidences as part of the narrative. Overall, it is not a book that I would choose and I was actually reluctant to finish it. I did however, and thus confirmed that everything ended as I predicted.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    Very Highly Recommended

    An international mystery/thriller that pulls you in from the first page and holds you captive until the very end. The writing makes you feel as if you are part of the story, living with the characters as they go from one suspenseful adventure to the next. A very easy, comfortable read that is thrilling and will keep you wanting more. Terrorism is dealt with in a real and uncomplicated way. Characters and their obstacles are believable. The story, on all levels, is beautifully written and the attention to descriptive detail is incomparable. Hard to put down until you come to the end. Don't be surprised if you read the whole book in one sitting. It is a pleasure to read this type of writing style and I look forward to more of James Lepore's stories.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    10

    10 is the youngest u should be if ur 9 or under i dont reccomend this book

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    The plot was interesting enough, but the character development a

    The plot was interesting enough, but the character development and interactions left a lot to be desired. The romantic scenes felt forced and unnatural, like I was reading the author's private fantasies rather than a realistic interaction between two people. The writing style felt like something out of a beginner's creative writing class. There were a LOT of typos, which I'm pretty sure were scanning errors when the book was made into a Nook book. This could have been a decent book if anyone had bothered to edit it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Good

    Very fast read. Keeps good pace of action. I liked it and it was free!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    This book is okay if you are very right wing and hate Muslims.

    This book is okay if you are very right wing and hate Muslims. It glorifies violence and blasting the balls off your enemy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Great Book

    The only thing that took away from this book is the abundance of typos. Doesn't anyone proofread any more?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Fun and entertaining read.

    What if there really was a "fountain of youth"? This book explores this question and provides a fun action adventure wrapped in a love story.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Page Turner

    This was an excellent action-adventure tale - a really exciting and enjoyable read. And it sounds very plausible for today's headlines!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Fantastic

    I staye on the edge of my seat. Will read more of this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    great book

    love,suspense,murder,what else could you want...A great read.I enjoyed it so much, I purchased another by the same writer.He has seeral he has writen and I am looking forward to reading all of them

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Not a shooter are you.

    You lost me with the laughable gun mistakes. Get a shooter to proof the gun sections.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Very good read

    I thought it was fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this book to a friend. It is not suitable for a nine or ten year old, though, as another reviewer had stated it was. I started it last night before bed and wasn't able to put it down until about 4:00 a.m. when I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I finished it off this afternoon. I must confess O have been prettu tired today as a result. So, if you decide to read it, do it on a night when you don't have to be up early and function the next day! I will look into other books from this author.

    My only complaint is that the editor should have done a better job proofreading it. There were a lot of typos.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Couldn't Put This Down!

    I loved this book. Great plot, gripping twists and turns...I read it in 3 days (which is quite a feat for me). I could easily see a movie being made out of this novel. My only critique is that there were a lot of typos in the Nook version of the book. Tons. If the publisher or author are reading this, I would be happy to proofread it for you. :-) Pay particular attention to quote marks used in place if apostrophes. They're everywhere. That said, this was a great read. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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