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MURDER TAKES TIME (Friendship & Honor Series Book 1) by [Giammatteo, Giacomo]
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"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,

Giacomo

Product Details

  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company; 1 edition (December 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UNJJYI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Obi on April 24, 2012
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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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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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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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.
Pros
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.
Cons
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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