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In A Small Town: A Small Town Series: Book One (Volume 1) Paperback – October 23, 2013
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"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
"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.
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I got the impression that this was a case of an author splitting his story in half so he could give away the first half, then charge full price for the second half. I wouldn't mind that so much if the author had explained his marketing ploy up front rather than conned his readers into investing their time in reading part of a story. I was disappointed when the story ended abruptly without closure, without resolution and without tying up loose ends.
After the last page, readers are invited to buy the next "book" to find out what happens in the story. A peek at the first chapter confirmed my suspicion that it was one book cut in half, because the story continued from where it had left off. I declined to buy the second half of the story as a protest against being suckered. The author should be straight with readers about his strategy so they don't feel tricked.
Maybe I'm a bit nit-picky, but I like to connect to, or at the very least sympathize with the characters. I couldn't do that and they were pissing me off instead. The plot might have had some potential if it hadn't moved at a snail's pace. Plus the cop kept whining about how he was shot. Understandable, but it got old fast.
The female characters are kind of stock, but then they're supposed to be, aren't they?
The use of Matt's bad dreams as a device to give us police-related vignettes was quite clever, I thought.
I wish I could rate this at 3.5, because it's really better than a mere 3, but not quite good enough for a 4. I do grade harshly, so if you're reading this review, I think you'll like this one if you like police novels.
This is an odd book to review. The plot is good but the end is anticlimactic. No spoilers here, but I kept expecting that one final twist and never got it. This is not an overly-complicated plot, and, in fact, things seem to happen just to happen. Case in point, the romance element just seems to materialize and doesn't seem realistic whatsoever. Another odd thing is that no one in this book ever used contractions — it was always "we are" instead of "we're" or "it is" instead of "it's." It just doesn't read as people really talk.
Ultimately, this is a light, easy read that keeps you wondering until late in the book. It's worth a read.
First, I didn't like the main character. I believe the author was trying to get away from typical novel cop-heroism by allowing the reader to glimpse the protagonist's fears. But I found that the character seemed rather whiney and self-centered, not a person whose head I enjoyed being in.
Second, and even more disappointing, was how predictable the ending was. The book is essentially running two storylines (and flashbacks) at the same time, and it is clear from the beginning where it is headed. I stuck through to the end hoping for a good twist, but it never materialized.
this authors other books instead!