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by Giacomo Giammatteo

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Reader Views - Paige Lovitt
Some authors have difficulties with switching between characters and the past and present, however, Giammatteo manages to do this flawlessly so the reader does not become lost in the story. I found myself totally captivated by this mystery, "Murder Takes Time" by Giacomo Giammatteo and truly believe that is one of the best murder mysteries that I have ever read. The goose bumps on my arms will attest to that!
Indie Reader - Keri Engish
Murder Takes Time plows through your mind like a freight train. Heavy hitting and well crafted, Giacomo Giammatteo delves into the New York underworld from a fresh perspective. Part mob story, part psychological thriller, this book is not for the weak of heart (or stomach!) This is a new breed of book.
Rebecca Reads - Kam Aures
Giammatteo wastes no time with long drawn out paragraphs. He gets right into the thick of it immediately, with the first murder taking place on page three. It is not your ordinary run of the mill murder either, as it involves a baseball bat, a shot glass, and a pair of tongs.

This is an action-packed book that never slows down. The writing is gripping and fast moving. The reader is reeled in immediately and the non-stop action doesn't stop delivering until the last page is turned.
Kirkus Reviews - Editorial Department
Giammatteo turns a genre stereotype on its head with a smart balance of conflicting perspectives that emotionally involve the reader in the New York underworld. The storytelling switches smoothly, back and forth and the author digs deep to find a balance between a psychological thriller and a coming-of-age story. The narrative heat and layered characterization rarely drag, making for an engaging read. A nuanced debut that upends genre stereotypes and readers' expectations.

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Inferno Publishing Company
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Friendship & Honor , #1
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Meet 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.

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MURDER TAKES TIME 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
MeteorFlower More than 1 year ago
WOW! Wow..wow …WOW! This book is a coming of age story. It’s a mob story, a thriller, love story and a drama. It’s gritty and it’s real. Murder Takes Time will make you feel so many emotions at once. It’s an absolute page turner that will keep you reading till you reach the end. An explosive first novel from Giacomo Giammatteo and he will definitely be on my to watch list. I don’t even want to talk about it out of fear I’ll give something away. Just know that you’re in for one hell of a ride. I do have to warn you though; there are about 5 chapters of graphic violence, 2 chapters of sexual scenes and some strong language. It didn’t bother me though and I can’t WAIT for book two. Thank you to Partners in Crime Tours and the author for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
Could childhood pranks carried into adulthood be purposely staged clues for solving murder investigations? Murders were taking place in New York, and clues were being left behind that implicated individuals who definitely had not been at the scene and clues that were too close for comfort. The chapters are organized by flashbacks to the childhood of Tony, Frankie, Nicky, and Paulie as well as present day and other years in between. Their childhood friendship and the bond they had was difficult to overlook even though three of them were not upstanding citizens and one was a policeman. They were the best of buddies during childhood and had nicknames that stayed with them into adulthood. Their childhood antics and schemes were unbelievable and creative, but did this creativity and early start get them into things they shouldn't be in as adults....all except Frankie who turned out to be a policeman? Would his being a policeman be a detriment and make him a scapegoat for some of the murders? The title is a perfect description of the contents of this book, but the book is also about family, friends, food, ordinary people, organized crime, and of course murder. If you are Italian, the sauce, meatballs, and nicknaming should be very familiar to you. I learned a new ingredient for my spaghetti sauce in this book and also some things I really didn't want to learn. There is a lot of brutality and profanity, but for the most part, the book is superbly written and flows very well. The way the book was laid out and how the plot played out was very unique for a first-time author....brilliant and creative on his part. The characters are authentic, the descriptions of the scenes are vivid, and as the end nears, you will have your heart pounding along with the detectives as they race to arrest the murderer before he kills again. Highly recommended....I loved the Italian names and descriptions of the families and sadly the funerals. One thing that was confusing, though, was keeping track of who was talking....I thought it was being narrated by one character and then it turned out to be another. Other than that, it is an amazing, outstanding, and gripping first novel for Mr. Giammatteo. 5/5 This book was given to me free of charge by the author in return for an honest review.
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
Lesson in what it takes to form friendships and honor is the main theme of the book. It was thrilling and opened with a plot that you just had to keep reading on until you were finished with the book. I totally was impressed by the writing of this book. Not for teens or children. Murder Takes Time was a great name for this book because it was about three young boys who grow up together and then became Adults. A totally awesome read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished and absolutely loved this book , can not wait to read another of his books. Makes you want to keep reading just a really good read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure what all the 5 stars are about. This book was just okay, with a lot of gratuitous swearing. And the violence went way beyond what anyone would expect, even of mobsters. The writing for the most part was good, but sometimes the story got a little confusing. I'm surprised I finished it. And to be honest, considering the last murder scene, I wish I hadn't. This was definitely not a 5 star book in my book.
Celticlady1953 More than 1 year ago
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!!
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
This book was so incredible to read. I loved the connection these boys turned into men had with each other. The main story is about boys who grew up in a neighborhood, where when you took an oath you were connected with that oath, when they grow up after Nicky ends up risking himself to protect his friends. Frankie Donovan ends up being a cop, distancing himself from Tony who is now with a mob. When Nicky ends up connecting up with his friends and finds the roads they are leading. Definitely a great relationship of how the ties early on can sustain you. I enjoyed the back in forth with this book between the present day and a time when the men were boys. We also learn about a love interest with Nicky. Definitely an author I will check out time and again as I loved the story he wove. Deep roots with Italian families, friends of all kinds. A huge difference from your typical mystery and thriller! An author I will check out again and again! This book was given to me from Partners In Crime Book Tour for a honest and fair review!
Becca71 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant~~In Murder Takes Time we step into a murder scene where the bodies are not only brutality murder but are quickly piling up. In order to solve this crime one detective will have to return to his past in order to do so. I have to say from the first few pages of this book I was hooked it had the right combination of action, friendship and love story all rolled into one. It was kind on like seeing CSI meet Godfather. You had all the criminal aspects of the investigation with old school mobster feel thrown in. From the get go you are introduce to the characters of the book and are given an insight into their life's so that you really start to know them and by end you are completely involved. I seriously could not put this book down. I am really looking forward to the next installment of the series. I definitely no correction I high recommend you read this book it's a must read for sure.
kim0712 More than 1 year ago
First and foremost – I really loved this book! Murder Takes Time, by author Giacomo Giammatteo, includes the best of a thriller, murder mystery and love story – wrapped into one! The story revolves around boys that were childhood friends and have grown up together. When they were young, they swore an oath to each other to basically always have each others backs – regardless of the situation. But that was long ago, before one of the boys becomes a police officer (Frankie), and the others are not exactly on the right side of the law. Based in Brooklyn NY, Frankie begins to investigate a string of murders in the area where he grew up. All signs point to the murderer being someone from the neighborhood – which means he probably grew up with them. As Frankie gets more into the investigation, he finds himself having to look at his old friends as the culprits. He faces a hard decision; does he stick with the oath he swore as a police officer, or does he honor the oath with his old friends, and basically cover up the evidence that points to them? This is not only a decision of the heart, but it could also be a decision that is deadly – if the right one isn’t made. The characters in this book were so well formed that I felt like I was walking in their shoes! The description of the boys, the murder victims and the streets where the boys have spent their lives was very vivid. I highly recommend this book and I can actually see this becoming a movie! ** If you do not like rough language or graphic violence, you may want to steer clear of this book.
Frueh More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning debut novel, a coming of age story of three boys to men as they navigate diverging paths within a violent world gangsters, killers, cops, and an often corrupt system. Giammatteo is a master story teller, with a transcriber's ear for dialogue and a camera's eye for detail. The characters are complex and vivid and real. They draw you in and make you care about them. The writing is raw and direct, and it reminded me of mix between Mario Puzo and James Elroy. I loved this book and I've already bought the next two recently published by Giammatteo. I cannot wait to read the sequel, and I'd put money that a movie deal is not far behind!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always said that Jodi Picoult is my favorite author, however, Giacomo Giammatteo has tied for first with one book. Murder Takes Time is well thought out and is peeled away in overlapping layers. It is about the ideals of youth and the realities of adulthood that change with the choices you make. It is a mafia, cop, cross-cultural mystery drama with a little fear from God to keep you honest. Every single character will pull emotion from you and make you a part of their lives. I have not loved a book like this in so very long and my body aches with the journey that I took. I cried, laughed (but not much), felt awe, compassion, anger and even wanted to pray for certain people. Sister Thomas will leave a mark on your soul and hope in your heart. All this from a few characters brought together by one man. This is a work of art. Murder Takes Time, but my love for this book was instantaneous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, always keeps you thinking!
WonderWomanLS More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this author and this book. It kept me interested. The plot and the characters were well developed. I liked the subtle tie-in to the previous book. Although there is quite a bit of violence, it is in keeping with the theme and title of the book. Good read
s_gallegos More than 1 year ago
This story is all about friendship and oaths. To many of us oaths don't mean a whole lot and we can say, well you were kids when you did them so you can't expect to stick to them?! However, when you grow up in a culture or neighborhood where mob life is typical, oaths mean a lot! In this story, Frankie is torn between what his current "adult" life is like as a cop and an oath he made to his two best friends when they were just boys. As he is conducting his investigation he is coming across clues which are leading him to one of his two friends and in Giacomo does a great job of taking back to the time and place that is reminding Frankie of his past. I loved how the entire story flowed and you got a great feel for what Frankie was having to deal with. This would make a great movie!!
JRFL More than 1 year ago
I can't help myself, I'm addicted to mob thrillers which means I've read a lot of them. I also know a lot about mob history and I grew up in a rough, New York mob domninated area so I know when some one writes about this stuff and knows what they're talking about. This guy does. J.R. Locke, Author of Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale & Down and Out in Manhattan, a New York Tale
MrsKandCaptainJ More than 1 year ago
Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo follows the lives of friends growing up in Sicilian and Italian families, immersed in a culture that will inevitably push them toward the mob and a lot of trouble. The story tests the lines of friendship, family, honor, love, and work. It forces the reader to choose a side with each character- is this person good or bad? Actions aside, I was constantly evaluating whether this person or that person was good at heart. It didn't matter how many people they had killed. A good story does that. It takes you away from your normal thought process and presents you with a scenario that you normally wouldn't consider. I love that about reading! There are a lot of characters in this book. Most have nicknames like the Rat, the Suit, Bugs, and more. At times, the story was confusing for me as so many names were thrown around. I got confused, but that was no surprise to me as typical in-depth mob stories usually have elaborate casts and intricate, numerous relationships. As I kept reading, the characters started to become easier to identify. Don't mistake this for a "typical mob story", though. It's surprisingly loving in some chapters and shockingly disturbing in others. The author knew no bounds. When I got about half-way through the book, it really started to pick up and I was hooked. I didn't want to put it down, but I often had to in order to re-charge my Kindle...or, ya know, actually parent my child. If you like mob stories, add this one to your reading list. It could also be considered a psychological thriller, too (which is another favorite genre of mine). Woven into this story of friendship and honor is a love story as well. I recommend it, for sure! Warning: This book will make you want Italian food for days (if you don't lose your appetite, that is).
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Murder Takes Time (Friendship and Honor book 1) by Giacomo Giammatteo is a murder mystery story. Sometimes, to understand the ending, you have to go back to the beginning. We had it all – love, honor and friendship. Three boys, one girl, and an oath. So when did it all turn sour? A betrayal that leads to murder. We had just one rule. If we made an oath, we kept it. Sometimes it is so easy to take an oath, but keeping it is a darn sight harder. Now I stand here, looking at my best friend. He lies there dead, bleeding from the bullet I put into him. But why? What happened? Where did things go so badly wrong? We ruled when we were teenagers so how did I end up holding the gun that killed my best friend? Follow the stories of three best friends as they wend their way through life and come full circle. Murder Takes Time (Friendship and Honor book 1) by Giacomo Giammatteo is one of those “wow” factor books. This is more than just a murder mystery; it is a love story and a thriller as well. It is a story of life and love, of friendship, betrayal and anger. Right from page one, this is a book that reels you in, dumping you firmly into the thick of things. This is not an easy read by any means; not a book that you can whip through and still understand what happened. This is complex, deep and intriguing. It requires concentration, but no reader will ever regret the time it takes to read a novel of this magnitude. I was hooked from the very first page, drawn into the story and unable to let go of it. The unusual way in which the story is told is what grabs your attention first. Add to this the strong storyline, a plot that is forever deepening yet becoming clearer with each page, and excellent character development and this story is worthy of anyone’s time, no matter whether it is a genre that attracts you or not. It is packed with action, packed with twists and turns, and it is a book that you will never forget.
Barbara Ingler More than 1 year ago
I love these books. I've read all 3 and I feel as if I know these characters by now. I enjoy the Italian phrases here and there and especially since I was born in Brooklyn and of Italian origin, I can relate to many things. I love the story and the way it captures my interest. Very well written and most enjoyable. I will be looking forward to more of Giacomo Giammatteo's books, which once I start I have a problem putting it down and get upset when I'm interrupted from reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaininh from start to finish! You won't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first purchased Murder Takes Time because it was $.99. But it was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. So much so, that when I reached the end and saw that there were more, I bought them. The only thing I was going to do after the first one, was contact the author to say that I thought whoever put it in digital format, ran it together. The author writes both in first and third person and sometimes it was REALLY a struggle to follow. But...just as I started the second book, he addressed that issue and said he began typing *** when he was changing person, and left a space before beginning. That made all the difference! As an Italian American, probably a generation older than Giacomo Giammatteo, but from a large metropolitan city, I can attest he is not making up these things. He hits all of the idiosyncrasies of growing up in an Italian neighborhood, the food, the fact the kids grow up to be cops or crooks, the influence of the nuns or priests, etc. I know some reviews said it was the "same old stuff" but it wasn't. He makes someone who would be called a hit man, "real". That probably offends some, but I know within my own family, we had some "troubled" relatives, sent to prison for various reasons, and the old people still just used to say they were "good kids, just rambunctious". In any case, it is so far, a great series, if you can take the reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great rread loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Keeps you interested from the very first chapter.
Japurol More than 1 year ago
Written by a person who knows the "street culture". Very real. Left me in a position to adquire all the author's other books........ Highly recommended ! Dr. Jose Amado Perez