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In A Small Town (A Small Town Series: Book One 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marc A. DiGiacomo
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Book Description

The shotgun blast catches Detective Matt Longo by surprise. His world unravels into a nightmare that seemingly won't end. Murder, rapes, pedophiles, the small town of Hutchville, N.Y. is changing. It is up to him to make a difference.
While partner Donny Mello is in Italy attending a family funeral for someone "connected," a beautiful F.B.I. agent waits to question Donny about his family business. What will Matt learn from the Agent? Will Donny Mello return in time to help Matt Longo catch his shooter? More importantly, can Matt hide a potentially career-ending secret from his community, his brother, and most especially Agent Cynthia Shyler?

Editorial Reviews


Winner of the Best Thriller Award at the 2013 Orangeberry Book Expo Hall of Fame.

Thriller Finalist at the 2014 Reader's Favorite International Book Award..

"This book right here. This is it. This is what a thriller novel should be all about. I loved this book from start to finish. Mr. Di Giacomo has taken a wonderful plot line and mixed it with amazingly captivating characters and threw his readers an intense, witty debut thriller. Well done, Mr. Di Giacomo!" -Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers Favorite

"A powerful, insightful and moving glimpse into the life of a good cop trying to keep crime from taking over the streets and the police force in a small town." -INDIEREADER.COM

"His style is engaging and realistic, and pulls the reader in full force, to the heart of the story. I am glad I reviewed this book, and am looking forward, with antsy anticipation, for another amazingly written novel by this new author!" -READER'S FAVORITE

"This is a detective thriller the way I want it to be, and I very much enjoyed reading it."

"With an intriguing cast of characters who are realistic; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a riveting storyline that only a former law enforcement official could weave; In A Small Town is a gritty, powerful and compelling police thriller that will leave you wanting more!" - Jersey Girl Book Reviews

"In DiGiacomo's debut novel, he presents a police thriller that never stops. Violence, suspense, sex and Mafiosos will keep the reader glued to the book. The raw realism and drama make for a classic-page-turner." -The Self-Taught Cook

"In a Small Town is a gritty, authentic and highly entertaining crime thriller. A well-conceived and executed plot is fleshed out with the flashbacks to incidents that detail the career of a dedicated patrol officer and detective. Highly recommended for lovers of hard-boiled police thrillers." R. Lee Holz, author of, "The Bowin Novels."

"I don't know indie author Marc A. DiGiacomo but I am as proud of him as if he were my brother! He did a fantastic job of writing this book, using all the important writing techniques that keeps readers right on the edge." -Karleene L. Morrow, author of "Fiction Writing"

From the Author

The author is dedicating this book to the brave men and women who are the first line of defense against crime. Only a select few can wear a bullet proof vest and carry a loaded gun with professionalism and honor. Not everyone can be a police officer, nor should just anyone be appointed as such. There are no exceptions to having total integrity while carrying that badge. A police officer's dedicated service makes us proud and ensures us all the right to personal safety. Please thank a police officer if they ever are of help to you, and encourage your children to do the same. This simple gesture may help a police officer remember something good out of a career dealing with the worst situations imaginable.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3792 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492847011
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Marc A. DiGiacomo; 2 edition (November 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FW86W70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic police thriller August 31, 2013
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We take police officers for granted, but do we ever think that they put their lives on the line day in and day out? The author shows us in his novel that even when we think there couldn't be violent crimes in small towns that there really are, and the police are always in danger but still present to protect us. And this comes out beautifully in this thriller that will keep you riveted from the first page to the last.
Especially intriguing was the way the author is `in the head' of the main protagonist and relates his inner feelings, thoughts and fears.

Due to his past profession as a police officer the author writes the plot and twists very realistically, and keeps you turning the pages. `In a Small Town' is a quick read and very enjoyable.

Next time you see a police officer thank him/her. If they ask you why tell them you read this great book `In a Small Town', and it made you realize the service they provide to their communities.

Well done, sir, thank you for your service.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Visceral! September 20, 2013
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From the moment you start reading Marc A. DiGiacomo's In a Small Town, there's no way you're going to be able to put it down until you've finished.

The story opens with the main character, Detective Matt Longo having been shot in the line of duty, and from there it's non-stop action until the thrilling conclusion. DiGiacomo is brilliant as he describes police procedures in a small town outside of New York City that is not as peaceful as it looks on the surface. To be sure, it might even remind one of the town in David Lynch's Blue Velvet where everything appears to be normal on the surface, but once you start to look beneath this peaceful veneer, all sorts of evil lurks. DiGiacomo takes us into the mind of Longo as we follow him on a number of calls which offers insights into his character and how he responds to the evil which lurks in this small town. In a Raymond Chandler/Mickey Spillane-like prose we get an up close and personal look at police procedures which is just as much gritty as it is riveting.

Of course the real story here is, who shot Longo, and that is what drives this exciting and thrilling police drama. As Longo tries to find the shooter, the reader is in store for plenty of surprises and twists which are handled deftly by the author.

If you like your reading fast and action-packed, you're going to love In A Small Town.

Jeffrey Miller,
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, gruesome and, sometimes, funny July 21, 2013
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Matt Longo is a policeman working in a small town outside New York City, who survives a shooting. Who shot him, why and will they try again? The reader joins Longo in the days and weeks following this shooting, as he slowly recovers from this trauma and finally returns to work. The story is told, for the most part, in the first person from Longo's perspective, and the reader is given insight into his character and the emotions and turmoil through which he is passing. The author succeeds quite well in lifting his central character above the clichés that generally plague this type of literature. Other characters are less well developed, but this is always a potential issue in a first person narrative.

Alongside the story of the present day, we are filled in on Longo's back story in the form of recollections and dreams. These are by far the strongest and most interesting parts of the book. These anecdotes are suitably gritty, gruesome and, sometimes, funny. I was, however, a little unconvinced by the presentation of some parts of this back story as dreams: they were far too vivid, detailed and accurate for that. The present day story is quite interesting, with some twists and turns. The most interesting part of that story, for me, was the occurrence and investigation of a crime unrelated to the attempted murder of Longo. There were some interesting twists and turns as the truth about the latter is slowly revealed; but there was nothing very surprising. I felt that the author was less than comfortable with writing the romantic elements introduced via an attractive FBI agent.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!! September 10, 2013
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In A Small Town kept me on the edge of my seat and I just couldn't put the book down. It was a very realistic police drama, which made the story come alive. I can't wait until the next book comes out!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Mystery By Former Policeman November 10, 2013
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Detective Matt Longo is shot with a shotgun blast as he goes to pick up a pizza. A young detective, he now has a shattered shoulder. As he recuperates, he starts to look back over his career, and the deaths he has attended as a policeman. He thinks about his fellow officers, especially his partner Donny Mello, who is currently in Italy attending a family member's funeral.

Eventually, Matt goes back to work. Donny returns from Italy, and all returns to normal. Or at least that's how it seems at first. Then Matt gets the word from a FBI agent that the agency has information that the shooter who tried to kill him is coming back to finish the job. Matt will need all his skill and connections to make sure that the assassin isn't successful.

Marc Di Giacomo is a retired, highly decorated police detective who worked for a police department in an affluent community in New York. He draws on his real life experiences to show the reader what the daily life of a police detective is like, as well as the heart stopping terror it can provide at any moment. This book is recommended for readers who like hard-boiled mystery stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and exciting.
The twists and turns of small town police officers on the trail of the bad guys. The mystery continues with unanswered questions.
Published 5 days ago by Marty B.
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD WORK!
Published 5 days ago by ALBERT MIGNONE
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was a very interesting read.
I liked the quick pace of the book. I did not care for the skipping around of dates and times. I would recommend this book for an over eighteen crowd.
Published 5 days ago by gimmipat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by Alice R. Sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book until. ...
I was really enjoying this book. I started to read it and was really getting into the colorful characters, the plot, and the dramatic twists in the story. I read through the book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Libby
5.0 out of 5 stars He has many vivid dreams of what his life was like when he first...
The main character of this intense novel is a detective named Matt Longo who works in a small town, responding to various calls in his jurisdiction. Read more
Published 17 days ago by mmags6
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY CREDIBLE AND GOOD READ!
This book was cleverly crafted around a small town policeman who became embroiled in big town drama. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jim Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars great characters
This was a good read for me, had to finish it. It made the policemen human, by expressing some of those feelings that they must have regarding criminals that pray on the helpless. Read more
Published 24 days ago by raf
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Well written story keeps things moving. The author developed interesting characters and showed some of the frustration felt by real cops. Never a dull moment in this small town.
Published 1 month ago by Christine M Hane
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Love murder mysterys . It's always refreshing to find an author starting a series of books that keep you thinking and waiting for the next. Read more
Published 1 month ago by marilyn lynch
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More About the Author

Marc A. DiGiacomo is the Multi-Award Winning author of In A Small Town. Mr. DiGiacomo is a retired and highly decorated police detective who worked for a small town in the State of New York. During his police career, Mr. DiGiacomo has worked with numerous police agencies including the F.B.I., D.E.A., U.S. Secret Service, New York State Police, NYPD, Westchester County District Attorney's Office and many other law enforcement agencies. He currently resides in New York with his wife and three children.

On September 12, 2013, "In A Small Town," won the Best Thriller award at the 2013 Orangeberry Book Expo Hall of Fame.

On July 15, 2014, "In A Small Town," was named a Thriller Finalist in the 2014 International Readers' Favorite Awards Contest.

On June 10, 2014, the much anticipated sequel, Back In Town was released.

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