Necessary Decisions

Necessary Decisions

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by Giacomo Giammatteo

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Gino Cataldi is a man hanging on by a thread. Cancer took his wife, and drugs put his son in rehab. The only thing he has left is his badge. 

When a teenage girl is kidnapped it brings back nightmares from the worst case he ever worked—the one that tore his life to shreds and forced him out of Philadelphia.

Gino doesn't want this case but he


Gino Cataldi is a man hanging on by a thread. Cancer took his wife, and drugs put his son in rehab. The only thing he has left is his badge. 

When a teenage girl is kidnapped it brings back nightmares from the worst case he ever worked—the one that tore his life to shreds and forced him out of Philadelphia.

Gino doesn't want this case but he knows he has to take it. Not just to save the girl, but to earn redemption for what went wrong in Philly. 

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Giacomo Giammatteo
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Redemption , #1
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Giacomo Giammatteo lives in Texas, where he and his wife run an animal sanctuary and take care of 41 loving rescues. By day, he works as a headhunter in the medical device industry, and at night, he writes.

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Necessary Decisions 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Giacomo did it again and didn't disappoint with another great read. He kept me guessing throughout and it wasn’t until the very end that things were fully revealed. Looking forward to new additions to this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NECESSARY DECISIONS is the absolute best yet from Giammatteo. I started reading at 3 PM and did not stop till 4 AM. It is intriguing, riveting and full of surprises. I really like Detective Gino Cataldi. He is strong, believable, and full of passion for his job. You just cannot put this book down! Giacomo, give us another case by Gino soon!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite Necessary Decisions, A Gino Cataldi Mystery, is a suspenseful page-turner that combines a kidnapping, a crime spree, a hard-working, middle class family, and the personal stories of several characters into one explosive story that is not easy to put down. Lonny Hackett finds himself out of employment after a lifetime of hard work, and he makes one bad decision that lands him in the middle of a crime ring and ultimately a kidnapping that hits too close to home. Gino Cataldi is the detective in charge of the kidnapping, and his own personal demons haunt him as he gets deeper and deeper into the case. As his life and the lives of Lonny and his family intertwine in ways that no one could have imagined, the intrigue gets deeper and deeper. I normally do not read mysteries, but I decided to give Necessary Decisions a chance. I am really glad I did! This book is the definition of a page-turner. I was sucked into the story from the very first page, and I could not turn the pages fast enough. There were so many twists and turns that even if you're adept at figuring out whodunits, there are bound to be some surprises here. This is the first book I have read by Giacomo Giammatteo, but I am a fan. I cannot wait for the next book, and to see what Gino Cataldi will get himself into next!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Though a life-long reader, I have never written a book review. But this book was such a compelling, fast-paced read, it was difficult to put down. The character development is so complete, with flaws & strengths, memories & mojo, amid a good mix of suspense and drama. I felt like I was in the room, in the car, in the minds of the detective ~ right up to the satisfying ending. Great read!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Hard to put down. Lots of twists and turns and cool ending.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Necessary Decisions is the first book in Giacomo Giammatteo’s exciting Gino Cataldi Mystery Series. This riveting story takes place in Houston, Texas, where several break-ins and a kidnapping case have the Houston Police Department scrambling to bring the responsible criminals and their mastermind leader to justice. Detective Gino Cataldi cringed at the thought of having to investigate another kidnapping case. The last one he was involved with still weighed heavily on his heart. The department had considered the case a success, but he did not. By the time the kidnapped girls were rescued, they had already been beaten and raped and had very little desire to live left. How could Captain Cooper even think of dropping another kidnapping case into his lap? But when Detective Gino Cataldi met the victim’s mother, Lucia Hackett, he knew that he would do everything in his power to save her daughter, Jada. Lucia Hackett reminded him of the woman he cherished and loved, but lost to cancer; his beautiful, sweet, wholesome wife, Mary. So Gino Cataldi did what a detective should never do; he promised Lucia Hackett that he would bring her kidnapped daughter home. Necessary Decisions is a story about greed and desperation, making choices and facing consequences. In this book, Giacomo Giammatteo utilizes his unique ability to lull the reader into empathizing and caring for some of his criminal characters. Necessary Decisions is a brilliantly crafted complex mystery that will keep the reader captivated and turning the pages until the very end. I highly recommend giving this book and every book written by Giacomo Giammatteo a read. He’s a gifted writer and an author not to be missed.
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ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite Necessary Decisions, by Giacomo Giammatteo, is part of the Redemption Series, featuring Detective Gino Cataldi. The story opens with a robbery at a friendly poker game at which masked bandits, identifying one another only by numbers, rob the attendees of their money and jewelry. Included in their take is a watch Detective Cataldi wore, a watch given him by his wife in her dying days. Cataldi vows to find the culprits. Necessary Decisions is a fast paced mystery that, while one of the Redemption Series, may be read separately of the others; the story line of the tales is not a continuing one. With bits of evidence coming in from all directions, readers are in the midst of the investigation as though it were happening in real time. Cataldi becomes more real as the pages turn. Giacomo Giammatteo holds readers spellbound as tension builds. Mystery readers will be happy to know that Necessary Decisions is one of a series as, when turning its final pages, they will find themselves begging for more.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite If you enjoy a good mystery that keeps you guessing until almost to the end, then Necessary Decisions, A Gino Cataldi Mystery by Giacomo Giammatteo would be the right choice for you. Gino Cataldi, the main character, is an incredibly likable man with a tragic past. When he gets a new case, a kidnapping of a teenage girl, he is not very happy about it because even though his past kidnapping cases brought the victims home alive, the experiences still haunt him. When the father of the girl appears to be not very touched by the kidnapping, this only increases his negativity. However, Gino is determined to solve the case. Things soon start to go very wrong though, and the mystery becomes even stranger. I started reading Necessary Decisions in the morning and was shocked when I looked at the clock after a few coffees just to realize it was already after 6 p.m. I finished the book on the same day, staying up longer than usual - it was just that good! Gino is a man women will simply like - he's just a perfect man in a way (apart from him not being real!). All the characters in the book are very well described and many are quite likeable. You get drawn into the story and live in it, and feel like you get to know the characters very well yourself. The writing is well done and keeps the attention of the reader. You simply have to read the next chapter, and then the next...