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MURDER TAKES TIME (Friendship & Honor Series Book 1) by [Giammatteo, Giacomo]
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About the Author

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences. Somehow I survived the transition to adulthood, but when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 41 animals—12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 26 pigs. Oh, and one crazy—and very large—wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy. Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. By day I am a headhunter, scouring the country for top talent to fill jobs in the biotech and medical device industry. In the evening I help my wife tend the animals, and at night—late at night—I turn into a writer. Go check out the website: www.giacomogiammatteo.com. Look around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think. Contact me at jim@giacomogiammatteo.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1034 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company; 1 edition (27 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Oh, a full five stars for this one! Murder Takes Time is ostensibly a pretty straightforward cops versus the Mafia murder mystery, but it doesn't take long to realise that there is a lot more to it than that. Tony 'the brain,' Nicky 'the rat,' Paulie 'the suit' and Fankie 'Bugs' Donovan are fabulously conflicted charters, with full histories and a genuine desire to do right by their friends (even when failing miserably). You really feel for them (one in particular, but I don't want to ruin anything).

"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.
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Frankie Donovan is assigned to a serial murder case with no real evidence - or too much evidence. The clues, though, point more and more to his childhood friend, Nicky, who has disappeared. Once they swore an oath of friendship and honour, but now that oath is being tested to the limit.

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!
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I was interested in this book from the moment I heard about it. I wasn't disappointed. I was not able to put this book down and I already desperately want to read the second in the series!

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.
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Twenty five years ago Tony 'the brain' Sannullo, Frankie 'Bugs' Donovan, Paulie 'the Suit' Perlano and Nicky 'the Rat' Fusco made an oath for Friendship and Honor. Now grown up the four boys have taken different paths and are living very different lives. Frankie is now a hardened Brooklyn cop facing a series of brutal murders that all have a bizarre combination of DNA planted at the scene. Struggling with the case he has no choice but to contact his old friends, even if the old oath could compromise the oath he swore as a cop.

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.
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... this book took a while to read, but not in a bad way. It took a while because I was taking in the details, and because there are a lot of things going on.

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.
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