Start reading MURDER TAKES TIME (Friendship & Honor Series Book 1) on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


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

Giacomo Giammatteo
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $17.99
Kindle Price: $4.99
You Save: $13.00 (72%)

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 80%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $4.99  
Paperback $15.54  
Spectrum by Alan Jacobson
FBI profiler Karen Vail's current case takes readers back to the beginning, with flashbacks to her rookie days as an NYPD patrol officer. "Spectrum" is a great way for new readers of the series to jump into the action. Learn more

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.

Editorial Reviews


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."

From the Author

I am passionate about writing, and reading. I would love to hear your comments about the book, and welcome emails or discussions. 

Thanks for checking it out,


Product Details

  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985030208
  • 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
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
86 of 90 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 :)
Was this review helpful to you?
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT BOOK IN THIS SERIES!!! April 16, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
25 of 25 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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
33 of 37 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.
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 23 days ago by sam davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Honor among thieves and murders
I shall say it was fun ! from a group of young city " Italian" friends to older age Mafiosi. Read more
Published 27 days ago by puigfox
3.0 out of 5 stars Who did what?
This book read a little slow for me. I found myself getting bored too often but I felt I should finish it because I have purchased the 2nd one in the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lkh
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been SOOOO good!
It started off great. Murder! But then the greatness got lost. The back and forth, current day-18 years, was tiresome and confusing. At times I didn't know who was speaking. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The timeline used to tell the story was creative. I liked the characters' struggle with their good and bad sides. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Florence L. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
Very interesting, had me from the start, I enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by michael cansino
5.0 out of 5 stars Damon--it is finished?
I could have kept reading this book for weeks but it ended. Waiting for the next book eagerly. There were moments when then the violence got rough. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mountainwilliam
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read,!!
Wow a fast paced book. I could not put down, great writing and very vivid, making you think you are there!!! Enjoy this page turning book.
Published 1 month ago by Helen Overton
5.0 out of 5 stars The lawn didn't get mowed ........
... because "Murder Takes Time" couldn't be put aside that long. I loved the characters, the plot, and Mr. Giammatteo's writing style ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shawzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book
Enjoyed the book. Even though the story is about "murder", there are Interesting relationships between childhood friends as they become adults. A fast read.
Published 1 month ago by vtmom1241
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

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.
For fiction books go to:
Non-fiction books:

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

Contact me at

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for Similar Items by Category