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A BULLET FOR CARLOS [NOOK Book]

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Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.

Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing....
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Overview

Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.

Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she’s not worried about them finding the missing drugs—her secrets could prove to be far worse.

Now Connie’s racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs—dirty cops or Uncle Dominic’s friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her.
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Editorial Reviews

Bestsellers World - Chris Phillips
Giammatteo starts this new series with a blast. A drug sting goes bad and the cops go in knowing they would not have back up. Everything that can go wrong does. In a moment of desperation, Connie makes a phone call for help.

The characters are alive and full of very human flaws. They develop smoothly with the bumps that happen to all humans.

In a climax of supreme intensity, Connie comes face-to-face with a serial murder that is more vicious then even she can imagine.
Midwest Book Review - Diane Donovan
Giammatteo moves easily between first and third person narrative style. Nothing is lost in translation and the result is a riveting murder mystery that concurrently reveals absorbing interactions between characters and killer alike. Any murder mystery and detective story fan will find this an intriguing story filled with satisfyingly unexpected twists and turns and plenty of psychological insights.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015935554
  • Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/18/2012
  • Series: Blood Flows South , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 142,409
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Giacomo grew up in a large Italian family in the Northeast. No one had money, so for entertainment he and his family played board games and told stories. He loved the city—the noise, the people—but it was the storytelling most of all that stuck with him.

Now Giacomo and his wife live in Texas, where they run an animal sanctuary with 41 loving "friends." Sometimes he misses the early days, but not much. Now he enjoys the solitude and the noise of the animals.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    New fav!!

    I am a die hard action/murder/suspense lover. Took a chance on a new author, and so glad I did. Keeps you entertained from front to cover and avoiding all sorts of responsibilities just to sneek in a few more pages. Looking for more from this author. Please step up the production!




    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Blood does indeed "flow".

    Read from October 24 to 25, 2012

    BOOK SYNOPSIS

    Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.

    Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she’s not worried about them finding the missing drugs—her secrets could prove to be far worse.

    Now Connie’s racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs—dirty cops or Uncle Dominic’s friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her

    My Thoughts

    After reading the authors debut book in his "Friendship and Honor" series, Murder Takes Time I was delighted to find out that he had penned this first book in his new "Blood Flows South" series, A Bullet for Carlos and even more delighted to snag an ebook copy for my Kindle a few days after it released!

    Connie Giannelli is a very likable character, she is a woman of many layers whose one burning ambition in life is to be a "good cop" and at times due to her connection with mobster Dominic Mangini that is an uphill battle as her loyalties are torn between duty and family.

    The book begins with a literal "bang" and never slows down. This crime drama is one that is very gritty, very violent in places and has some shockingly graphic descriptions that will make squeamish readers queasy. All of that makes the story feel "real" and gives it the edge that helps make it convincing when the crime scenes are discussed.

    This is the type of book that I enjoy sitting down with, it pushes the envelope between fantasy and reality allowing the reader to totally connect with not only the characters but feel like they are part of what is happening as the story unfolds. This is an easy read, it merges several story lines without ever making it too hard to keep track of what is going on and also takes the reader to different physical locations seamlessly as Connie goes from New York to Houston as she works on unraveling the trail that ties an old serial murder case there with the drug bust that cost her partners their lives.

    Along the way we are reacquainted with Detective Frankie Donovan and his irascible partner as they are the lead investigators assigned to the undercover drug bust homicides. Connie may have just lucked out but only time will tell as Frankie gets closer and closer to uncovering just where her loyalty lies, with the law she has sworn to uphold or with her family who happens to be on the wrong side of that very legal system.

    This is a roller coaster ride of a crime thriller, it will take you places into the evil minds of egotistical people who value nothing but money and the power it gives them so anyone who gets in their way or threatens that power is dealt with harshly.

    The graphic descriptions of the crime scenes and victim photos that accompany the Houston serial murder case lend brutal realism as well as shocking insight into just how much we are sheltered by those who uphold the law. To be able to face this type of violence on a day to day basis takes strong will, courage and a dedication that is not found in all of us.

    The introduction of a bit of humor, sarcas

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

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    Detective Connie Giannelli¿s life has been torn apart several ti

    Detective Connie Giannelli’s life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.
    Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she’s not worried about them finding the missing drugs—her secrets could prove to be far worse.
    Now Connie’s racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs—dirty cops or Uncle Dominic’s friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her.



    I am so impressed with the strong female character that Giammatteo has written. Connie Giannelli is formidable woman you don’t want to mess with. Even when sent away from New York to Texas she is determined to get her man or men and bring them to justice. What a crazy life she has had and continues to lead!
    He has also written some dynamo supporting characters from her uncles to the cops she works with both in New York and Houston to the cartel in Mexico. They are so fully developed and well described that you feel like you are watching a movie or television drama instead of reading a book.
    I reviewed another book my this author last September, Murder Takes Time: Friendship & Honor Series, Book One (Volume 1), so I knew he created fabulous characters. In fact one crosses over to this book. The author tells his story from multiple points of view and while a tad confusing in that book he has ironed out all the issues in this one with clever icons to start each chapter and better transitions.
    The story is full of action,  suspense, and has engaging dialogue giving you that hold on tight/edge of your seat feeling. The book is graphic and does have some strong language that would be expected in a book of this type.
    I am thrilled this book is the first in a series because I want to know more about Connie and her unconventional family and the choices she makes going forward. I hated to see this book end. I anxiously await A Bullet For Dominic. Murder Has Consequences (Friendship & Honor, Book 2) is available now in E-book (Kindle) format. Giacomo Giammatteo is definitely an author to watch. I expect to see his books on bestseller lists everywhere very soon!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    What a fantastic book,

    I love this author!! I cannot wait for the next book to come out.This book is a must read for anyone who loves a fast paced book and a good mystery! I simply could not put this book down. LMW!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    Brooklyn Narcotics Detective Connie Giannelli knew she would be

    Brooklyn Narcotics Detective Connie Giannelli knew she would be a cop since she was twelve years old, when she found out that her Uncle Dominic Mangini was a mobster. She has a love/ hate relationship with Uncle Dom. She loves him because he is family, and he had taught her that nothing in life is more important than la famiglia ... family is everything. But she hates him for who he is and what he does; but most of all for what it does to her reputation as a cop, for putting her in the position of being under suspicion of being a "dirty cop" with family ties to the mob.




    Known as "Brooklyn's Toughest Cop," Connie and her narcotics team are number one on successful drug busts. But when an undercover drug bust goes bad and leaves her two partners dead, Connie has to fight to clear her name. Connie is transferred to the homicide unit, and while under the pretense of investigating a cold murder case with ties to Texas, she travels to Houston to investigate the Mexican cartel who is running the drugs and the ruthless drug cartel leader who wants her dead, while tracking down a sadistic serial killer. Will Connie be able to clear her name and bust the drug cartel, or will she fall victim to the drug cartel leader or sadistic serial killer?




    A Bullet For Carlos is a gripping crime / mystery thriller that will draw the reader into the story and keep them on the edge with its riveting suspense. In the first book of the Blood Flows South Series, author Giacomo Giammatteo weaves an intriguing tale with multiple subplots that are neatly interwoven, with alternating first and third person narratives, and enough action packed adventure with exciting twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing what will happen next. The story features mob activity, police corruption, drug cartels, and serial killer/murders ... with the reader following Connie Giannelli, an honest cop who tries to clear her name and reputation. I loved the interweaving of the subplots: the reader gets a glimpse into the world of a mob family, and the lengths they will go to protect one of their own; while also delving into the underground drug cartel world filled with its propensity for cruelty and ruthlessness.




    With a realistic and diverse cast of complicated characters who leap off the pages; engaging dialogue and riveting interactions; two richly detailed and descriptive settings; and a complex and graphically violent storyline that leaves you wanting more, A Bullet For Carlos is one hell of a thriller that will make your heart race!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    more than a who-dun-it! Being a cop and having an uncle who is

    more than a who-dun-it!

    Being a cop and having an uncle who is the head of the mafia doesn’t mix well together. Or does it? A Bullet for Carlos is an Italian family saga as much as it is a thriller.




    Remembering the sound advice given to her while being raised by her uncle Dominic, Connie is trying to figure out what or who is good or bad – within the police force as well as outside it. Is family indeed everything?




    This book is way more than a ‘who-dun-it’. I love thrillers that give just thát bit more, something that makes you think. The storyline is complex, well thought out with many surprising twists and turns brought with a seasoning of humor. It kept me engaged till the very end and left me wanting more.




    Even with the signs Giacomo kindly put in for clarity regarding point of view (first or third person) the shifting was sometimes annoying. Although there is quite a bit of strong language and some graphic descriptions of the murders, it wasn’t disturbing to me. Somehow it fitted within the story telling.




    I highly recommend this read! In fact, I can’t wait for the next in the series to come out. 

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    This book grabbed me from the very first page and I stayed up mo

    This book grabbed me from the very first page and I stayed up most of the night until I finished it.

    A duo of mob hit men take care of their assignment, but as they are cleaning up and preparing to leave the site, they discover something very unexpected – an infant in the next room. Rather than leave her to be taken into the child foster care system, they take her with them and give her to a close friend to raise.

    Fast forward 30 years. Connie has grown up. She loves her “uncles”, but hates what they do. Perhaps because of what they do, Connie has become a police officer and is now a detective with a promising career. She works very hard at keeping her association with known gangsters private, but when times get difficult, she sometimes has to call on them for assistance. Knowing that their association could be damaging to her career, they nevertheless pull strings behind the scenes to try to keep her safe.

    Into this mix, throw drug traffickers and a serial killer and trails that run from the east coast to Texas and Mexico, and you have one heck of a roller coaster ride. Most of the threads are nicely tied up at the ending, but there are still a few thoughts that have us looking forward to a sequel.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Great Book

    This book is indeed one of the best books. The story line was captivating, and the characters where phenomenal. The author had me hooked from begining to end. I am a die hard book nerd, and I love a good book: This book sure is at the top of my favorites category. I really enjoyed it and I look foward to reading the others. Great job!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    recommended

    A fun fast read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    I was hooked the first time I read this book & needed to rea

    I was hooked the first time I read this book & needed to read more of his novels.  If you like police/detective novels you'll like this.  This is a page turner.  I liked all the main characters.  I don't tell the story for you in a review you'll have to read the book for that. 

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  • Posted September 22, 2014

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    Giacomo Giammatteo has more than one storyline going to keep you

    Giacomo Giammatteo has more than one storyline going to keep you on your toes and it worked for me. I traveled from New York to Texas with Connie on her quest to solve a cold murder case and to find Carlos and bring him to justice. I am watching a Criminal Minds episode that has a similar murder plot, very cool.

    With Connie being under investigation by Internal Affairs because of a drug bust gone bad, the murder of a couple cops and missing drugs, she must find the answers herself. It doesn’t help that her Uncle Dominic is in the mob.

    When all the clues fall into place for me, I was a little disappointed that they didn’t for Connie. I felt she would have known and I kept waiting for her to say AHA. But it all works out in the end.

    I love dogs and am always happy when they are part of the novel. Characters seem easier to relate to and become more real. They win me over when they love them too.

    “Some people believe that God doesn’t let dogs in heaven, but Tip knew differently. God wouldn’t make something so loving and so perfect only to abandon them at the end.”

    I love this quote.

    To sum it up, I love mysteries and thrillers and this is one I would highly recommend. Give me some mob guys, some drugs and a little murder and I am in heaven. The twists and turns kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out what would happen next.

    I won this signed, first edition paperback in a giveaway from Giacomo Giammatteo.

    Thanks so much, Giacomo. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    ?

    After 500 pages i was bored

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

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    Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite After reading anoth

    Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

    After reading another book by Giacomo Giammatteo, I decided that I should also try A Bullet For Carlos - A Connie Gianelli Mystery. I was not disappointed! In this novel, the reader is introduced to Connie, short for Concetta, a police woman with quite a different background than many others. That background, i.e. being connected to some shady characters, is also what gets her in trouble. A drug bust goes bad, two of her fellow officers die, and she is suspected of being a dirty cop. Until the problem is solved, Connie is not suspended but gets to work for homicide and the case she picks leads her to Houston. She not only wants to solve the actual homicide case, but also clear her name. Both are not easy and turn her into a target herself.

    It only took me two days to get through A Bullet for Carlos. It was too good to put down for more than just a few hours. Even though I have to admit that I like the main character of his other book, Gino, a bit better, I also warmed up to Connie. Some of the characters will also be familiar to readers of Giacomo Giammatteo's other novels. And it's always nice to meet familiar characters again and learn more about them.

    The writing is very well done and puts you right into the story. I had no problem at all with imagining all the different places and how the characters acted. The only issue I had with the book was that I could guess to early who the actual killer was - but I still enjoyed reading how the various problems in the book would be solved. It was simply another very enjoyable read by an author who now has my attention!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    So good

    Got my attention from first page great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    With this family who needs an enemy

    I agree with reviewer this is not suitable for family story time or viewing if ever gets to t v

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Nightkit to panther

    Give her back and jumps on panthers back and kills panther in many hits

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Lets attack ashclan

    At golden rock

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Tiger

    Came from evil clan to visit

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Nightscreech

    She nods.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Doveflight

    Gtg bbl.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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