TITLE: Murder Takes Time
AUTHOR: Giacomo Giammatteo
PUBLISHED BY: Inferno Publishing Company
PUBLICATION DATE: April 12, 2012
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0985030208
# OF PAGES: 421
A string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn't good.
Frankie has taken two oaths in his life—the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable.
Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years—and risks losing his life.
In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.
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.
Murder Takes Time is a story told in different voices and times in the life of friends from the Italian/Irish neighborhood in Brooklyn. It could be any neighborhood from New York, Chicago or Philly..children play together from various backgrounds, go to school, go to church and basically live in each others homes. That is how close this group of people were. They swore an oath..friendship and honor..and they were expected to keep that oath no matter what. But oaths and alliances are broken and that is when the revenge starts. To me this book was very reminiscent of what Mario Puzo wrote and the author did an awesome job of describing the acts of revenge, of the police trying to crack the case of the men who were murdered for revenge because they broke the oath.Who is out for revenge and killing Detective Frankie Donovan childhood friends? At first it is hard to figure out who is actually doing the killings because each chapter goes from character to character and then when these kids were little to when they are adults. But then about midway or so through the book it all starts to come together to provide the reader with a taut, suspenseful thriller of a book. There is also a love story intertwined throughout. You can just feel the emotion coming off the pages... I loved this story although I must say it is not for the faint of heart. I highly recommend this well written book to anyone who likes reading about the mob or just enjoys a great story. I give it 5 stars!!
I received a copy of this book from Partners in Crime and was not monetarily compensated for my review.
FROM THE AUTHOR
AUTHOR AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO COMMENTS ON DAY OF SCHEDULED POSTING ******Nov. 2nd ~MURDER TAKES TIME is #145 in Kindle Store. #1 in Hard Boiled Mystery. And it is #5 in Amazon Movers and Shakers********* For anyone who buys a digital book during this tour and mentions the tour, I will offer a money-back guarantee, with these conditions: 1. Understand that this book contains several chapters with graphic violence. 2. Understand that it contains rough, street language 3. Understand that there are two chapters with sexual scenes 4. Understand that the story is told in multiple Point of Views. If for any reason, other than those stated above, you do not like the book or aren't happy with it, just write me an email and tell me why. Email me a proof of purchase receipt, and I'll refund your money. This applies only to the digital books. I can't do it with print editions.