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Murder Takes Time: Friendship & Honor Series, Book One (Volume 1) Paperback – April 12, 2012
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Giammatteo turns a genre stereotype on its head with a smart balance of conflicting perspectives that emotionally involve the reader in the New York underworld... The narrative heat and layered characterization rarely drag, making for an engaging read.
A nuanced debut that upends genre stereotypes and readers' expectations.
Giammatteo's 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.
The author of Murder Takes Time, Giacomo Giammatteo, may be the Mario Puzo of our time.--eNovel Review
"Murder Takes Time" by Giacomo Giammatteo, is one of the best murder mysteries I have ever read. The goose bumps on my arms will attest to that! -Reader Views.
Giammatteo wastes no time with long drawn out paragraphs. He gets right into the thick of it immediately, with the first murder taking place on page three. It is not your ordinary run of the mill murder either, as it involves a baseball bat, a shot glass, and a pair of tongs.- Kam Aures for Rebecca's Reads.
Murder Takes Time (Friendship and Honor book 1) by Giacomo Giammatteo is one of those "wow" factor books.
This is more than just a murder mystery; it is a love story and a thriller as well. It is a story of life and love, of friendship, betrayal and anger.
Right from page one, this is a book that reels you in, dumping you firmly into the thick of things. This is not an easy read by any means; not a book that you can whip through and still understand what happened. This is complex, deep and intriguing. It requires concentration, but no reader will ever regret the time it takes to read a novel of this magnitude.
I was hooked from the very first page, drawn into the story and unable to let go of it. The unusual way in which the story is told is what grabs your attention first. Add to this the strong storyline, a plot that is forever deepening yet becoming clearer with each page, and excellent character development and this story is worthy of anyone's time, no matter whether it is a genre that attracts you or not.
It is packed with action, packed with twists and turns, and it is a book that you will never forget.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
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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. We get behind the eyes of an honorable but troubled man, his tragedies, his loves, and his friends. We also get behind the eyes of a detective trying to solve a series of grisly murders. We know who did it. We don't know why. When we discover why, we want to stop him. When we can't, we find ourselves in the odd position of understanding him. By the end of the book, you will root for bad people with good reason.
It is the writer's goal to make sympathetic characters. In this book, we sympathize with characters that logic would tell us to avoid. We also see a betrayal building that makes us want to jump in and stop the story. The recriminations, accusations, misdirection and denials make us want to scream. And when you get that involved in a story, you know you're reading something great.
All I know about Catholicism I learned from the Exorcist. I know, it's like saying: I learned about Italy at the Olive Garden. I can't judge the authenticity of the Church and nuns portrayed in the story. But the accuracy wouldn't matter. This is not a story with stereotyped nuns and clerics. This is a story about people. And here again, the master storyteller crafts visceral people in habits and cassocks. Mr. Giammatteo lulls us into complacency by first showing us a nun as a waxy figurine. Then he shows us her flesh and blood, her love and regret. And not in any way you will predict.
When we approach the conclusion, we feel like the preacher who escorts the condemned man to the gallows. We know we can't change his fate. We know that what's about to happen is the right thing to happen at that time and place. And yet we don't want it to happen. We try to will it away. To change the course of a history already written in stone. We find ourselves shouting at the characters, urging them to choose a different path, to avoid the inevitable train wreck of two good men. But it won't work. It can't work. Yet, when the fireworks begin, something different happens. Something extraordinary. And it makes sense. In the end, the story resolves the way you know it should. It works because you will believe in redemption and atonement.
Couldn't we all use a dose of redemption?
This is the best book you will read this year.
Peace, Seeley James
Special NOTE: Stories about the many fake, sock-puppet, or straw-man reviews have been making the news lately. MY REVIEWS ARE MY REACTIONS TO THE BOOKS I'VE READ. I have no relationship, financial or familial, with the authors. I do not expect, but would not refuse, any reciprocal reviews or recommendations. Just sayin.
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 :)
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.
This is a unique story of mobsters and a detective bound by their code and their professions that leads to tough choices for all the protagonists especially Nicky and Frankie. The characters have depth and suck you in as did those from The Sopranos. The culture of the families, mostly Italian, are vivid and loveable. The unrelenting loves of Frankie and especially Nicky to their friends and women will bring tears to your eyes. This is a special book that will keep you intrigued every page fro start to end. Kudos Mr. Giammatteo! I hope you write full time and give up your day job. I look forward to reading your next novel.