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Top Customer Reviews
"Rule number 2: Murder has consequences", and so does everything else. This is a book that highlights impeccably the damage that can be done in the spur of the moment. It moves along at a good pace, never seems to drag more than necessary, throws a few red herrings at you to keep things interesting and ends on a high note. There is quite a lot of violence. The title should probably forewarn you of that. But despite being gruesome I never thought it became gratuitous or overly graphic. It certainly could have been and I don't think the book would have been improved by it. Giammatteo walks a dangerously thin line on this one, but never steps off it in my opinion.
Definitely if you are a fan of The Godfather (especially the second one), Goodfellas, or Donnie Brasco you should race out and pick this book up. You'll feel right at home.
Nicky lost his childhood sweetheart when he was sent to prison. Feeling abandoned by her and his friends, Nicky takes a few wrong turns, until he meets Gina and falls in love again. About to marry her in church, Gina is murdered and this final betrayal sets him off on a trail of revenge and retribution.
This story is gripping and challenging, sometimes gruesome - well written and also well edited. Is there any hope for Nicky? Will Donovan put his former friends or his job first?
The first book in a series. If this book is anything to go by, the others should be very enjoyable!
The way Giacomo writes is just incredible. I felt like I was really there and watching the action unfold. The way that it was told by the different points of view can sometimes be confusing but it was easy to follow and added so much to the thread of the story. I also loved the fact that some chapters told the history of the story. It was easy to understand why Nicky wanted revenge.
I loved the way the story was written, the fast pace and the action was amazing. I loved the fact that I read pages after pages and didn't know how much I had read. The characters were very well fleshed out and I have my favourite gangster. I won't spoil it by saying who but I will say that I am so glad things worked the way they did for them.
I give Murder Takes Time a very big 5/5 although it deserves much more.
I wasn't sure what I would think of this as it is outside my normal comfort zone so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is really readable and kept me glued to the page. You can really tell that the author is writing about the time and area in which he grew up and his passion really shines through the narrative. There are even photos of some of the locations in the back of the book. I'd been warned in advance about the rough language but it fits with the characters and their background and never comes across as excessive.
I found myself connecting with some characters more than others. Frankie is really struggling both with the case and with the conflict between his past and career. I sympathized with Nicky who has definitely had the most difficult life, and quickly became resentful of the circumstances that led him down an entirely different path to the one he wanted. I loved Mama Rosa and she really brought the boys childhoods to life. You could almost taste the sauce she was constantly nursing in the kitchen.
The plot is cleverly written and the motivations and identity of the killer are gradually revealed alongside the past of the boys and how they ended up becoming the men they are today.Read more ›
The story goes between the present day, mostly narrated by Frankie Donovan who is a detective in Brooklyn, whilst the past is mostly told by Nicky Fusco, whose life takes on many things throughout the course of the story. Frankie and Nicky had grown up together with Tony and some other friends who made an oath to value friendship and honour above everything else. They are known for being part of a "mob" and when circumstances split them up, things get interesting. There are a lot of murders going on, Frankie believes that Nicky is coming back from the past but his job comes into conflict with the oath that was made.
I must admit that I did struggle to get to grips with the "past" side at first. Some of it did not come across as plausible, although the author states that some of the story is based on real-life experience so maybe I've just led too sheltered a life. Plus the characters have different nicknames for themselves, so it took a little while to work out who was who. These are the reasons this gets a four star rating instead of a five star rating, because once I got into the essence of the story, it was difficult to put down and I started to understand why the characters were as they were in the early days. What the story has in its favour is that it is well-written and the characters have many layers to them. Frankie is torn between being a friend and a cop while Nicky clearly cares about certain people but is someone you do not want to be on the wrong side of.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed this book had me gripped from beginning until the end, a book about true friendship and loyalty would make a brilliant moviePublished on 6 Aug. 2014 by Julie Demuth
Enjoyable book. Don't usually write reviews but this was worth it. Liked the way Bugs was pulled between mob and cop.Published on 6 April 2014 by B
I thought this book was going to be boring but as soon as l got into it l found the plot to be well laid out and believable. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2013 by Marvin Johnson
What a great read. Couldn't stop reading. Best book I've read in a while. Totally gripping, absorbing and well written.Published on 20 Nov. 2013 by Leafy3
4 friends grow up together and make an oath. This book follows their lives and what happens because of/in spite of the oath they took. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2013 by highkicks
Enjoyable and well written. Italian community in USA is portrayed accurately and with empathy. Good characterisation. Would recommend you read it....Published on 30 Oct. 2013 by Cleo