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MURDER TAKES TIME (Friendship & Honor Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Giacomo Giammatteo
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Book Description

Three young boys. One girl. Friendship, honor, love. An oath. Betrayal. It all ended up in murder.

There was only one rule in our neighborhood—never break an oath. But oaths are easy to take and damn hard to keep.
Now I'm staring at my best friend, lying on the floor in a pool of blood, my bullet in his gut. Where the hell did it go wrong?
To understand that you’d have to go back to the beginning, back to when the three of us ruled the neighborhood.

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From eNovel Reviews:

"Giacomo Giammatteo may be the Mario Puzo of our time. His debut novel is breathtaking and groundbreaking. He creates a story that involves the conflicts of reality that pull at us from both sides of the tracks. This isn't your typical mob story."

From Keri English for Indie Reader:

"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."

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company; 1 edition (December 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! April 24, 2012
By Obi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love to read and I read a lot, but I am not the kind of person who can't lay down a book until it is finished. A few chapters every day is fine with me.
Or so I thought...
"Murder takes time" just didn't let go. After the first few chapters, I just kept on reading and reading, eager to learn more. This book and the way it is writen somehow manages to put you right in the middle of the story from the get go. No drag and endless "getting into it". You read the first few pages, the first chapters and you are right there. I usually read a lot from Stephen King and lately almost everything from Dean Koontz I can get my hands on. And now I definitely have to add Giammatteo to the list of my "if it's out, get it" list.

This novel is not just a murder mystery.
This novel is not just a thriller.
This novel is not just a love story.
This novel is not just a life story.

This novel is all in one. Geniously combined in a way that never lets any part of it be too dominant. It is a very well rounded reading experience and I cannot recommend this book more. It is truly hard to believe that this is a debut novel. I read a lot worse from well established authors and hardly anything better.

The only word of caution I have to state is that this is not a book for kids. It contains graphic descriptions of brutal scenes and uses quite a few curse words. But hey, after all we are talking about a book that has the word "murder" in its title. And besides that, I think I would have a hard time imagining a mobster sayig things like: Oh what a pity! :)

In a nutshell: Don't miss out on this book. Go, get it! You will not be disapointed. And since I will buy whatever Giammatteo publishes next, look out for upcoming reviews :)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Read This Year September 4, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Murder Takes Time: Friendship & Honor Series, Book One (Volume 1)
This is the best book I've read this year.

I've never read the Godfather. I've never been drawn to gangster novels. I'm not even big on gritty crime dramas. I couldn't tell you why I bought this one. Maybe it was the feeling I got from the first couple pages. There was something different about it. Second sentence: Killing was an art, requiring finesse, planning, skill--and above all--patience. Depending on your mood, you could read that as lurid for lurid's sake. I read it as extraordinary. That's what I ended up reading, an extraordinary book.

This book is not a murder mystery. It's not a crime drama. It's not a mob story. It is much more. It's a horror story. It's a warm reflection on youth and friendship. It's a tragedy. It's an innocent love story. It's a gritty descent into violence. It's a hard look at love, honor, revenge and redemption. It is a complex story that will demand your full attention.

I usually read 2-3 books at once. One that I've dragged to the other room and forgot where I put it and the one I found while looking for the first. I was doing that with Murder Takes Time clear up to the third chapter. Six pages of this, ten pages of that. I realized Murder Takes Time was too deep and too complex to play that game. I set everything else aside and sat down one Saturday to read the book clear through. It was that good.

The story is told on two time lines and from several different Points Of View (POV). There might be a few too many POVs, which requires a little more attention than the average book, but in the end, it's worth it.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT BOOK IN THIS SERIES!!! April 16, 2012
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I really liked this book, it is exciting and gripping. MURDER TAKES TIME gets your attention fast, it is riveting and nearly impossible to put down. The characters are strong. I particularly like the way the author does the narrative and dialogue.
It is difficult to believe this is Giammatteo's first novel. He has a vivid imagination and is a great story teller. I can't wait for his next book.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder Takes Time August 12, 2012
By Gianna
Format:Kindle Edition
Now, for the review of Murder Takes Time. It is the first story written by Giacomo Giammatteo. The essence of the story is this. A group of kids grows up in Wilmington, Delaware--already a plus for me since I have a handful of good friends in Wilmington DE. Three in particular are really tight, and as they grow up, they follow in the mob's footsteps. However, one of them becomes a cop (Frankie), one gets in deep with the mob (Tony), and the last one, Nicky, ultimately goes to jail (oh, don't worry, I didn't give anything away!)

The book opens with a gruesome murder. GRUESOME! and you, the reader, begin to follow along with their lives and how they are interconnected while they seem completely different. The story is told chapter by chapter from an unknown person's perspective in 1st person and then from 3rd person following Frankie. And back and forth. Sometimes in the middle of chapters it changes. I like the concept, but at times it was very difficult to follow.

Murder Takes Time is not a book I would recommend to families. Giacomo Giammatteo didn't write it for kids. He would never say that he did.
Giacomo Giammatteo is an engaging writer. Even though, it was difficult for me to read at times, I still wanted to know what happened in the end.
This book has an interesting plot twist.
Lots of characters to get to know.
Language--Rough and offensive. Do not read this to your children (it was never intended for children--but I will say it again. Don't read it to your kiddos!)
Sexual imagery--Let me repeat myself. Not for kids, or many adults either
Graphic violence--I still shudder as some of the scenes depicted that I had to skip because I felt nauseous reading them. Now, let me say, those images may not bother you. I'm just letting you know that they are there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Takes Time
First things first, if you are at all squeamish, or didn’t like any of the Godfather movies, you should not read this book. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Debbie Leone
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Excellent book. I read it one day as it was hard to put down. I grew up in the Wilmington Area (Richardson Park to be exact) and recognized most of the places mentioned in the... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Its grabs you and won't let go.
A fascinating journey from childhood to adult hood of a group of inseparable friends growing up in Brooklyn. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Didn't know what to expect at first. I thought it would be about "the mob" so I was hesitant at first. But like most of the reviews I read, it became a book I couldn't put down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done...
Initially, the book was confusing to me with a large cast of characters switching back and forth.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue Willoughby
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a work of art. Murder Takes Time, but my love for this book...
I have always said that Jodi Picoult is my favorite author, however, Giacomo Giammatteo has tied for first with one book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lynard69
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I thought the book was very creative. It had a good flow. I will read more of his work. The only problem I had was remembering names and nicknames.
Published 2 months ago by Peggy Romeo
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star read
Well written. One of the best written books I've read recently. Complex, compelling, hard to put down.
Published 2 months ago by Clara Bitter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Mob Story
A fabulous book -- this is without a doubt the best mob story I have read since "The Godfather." The characters are well drawn, and I especially liked having the story... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dmgebe00
4.0 out of 5 stars the killer is the hero!
Once the characters were developed and you could grasp the depth of these male friendships, the story became very interesting and difficult to put down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
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More About 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.

Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. I've had a successful 30 year career as a headhunter, recruiting top talent for some of the world's best companies--Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and many high-profile start-up companies.

During that time I've completed more than 500 searches, which translates into evaluating, editing, and writing thousands of resumes. I have also interviewed and done reference checks on more than 1,000 candidates. I've learned what companies want to see on a resume--and, perhaps more importantly--what they don't. You'll find a lot more information in the book and on my website.

Getting back to the bio--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 45 animals--11 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 5 others, 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.

In the evening I help my wife tend to the animals, and at night--late at night--I turn into a writer.

Check out the websites.
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Once you get there, take a look around, click some links, and, if you've got time, tell me what you think.

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