Author Guest Post
Has Your Real-Life Experiences Inspired The Storyline for Murder Takes Time?
All my life I have been fascinated by storytelling. I grew up in a large Italian-American family, and we lived in an area where all the relatives were close by. Holidays brought together huge crowds of people, and inevitably, the stories would start to flow, and this was all before the wine was opened.
We didn't have designated storytellers, but the natural talent took over, and each generation seemed to have a few who relished telling tales. I became one of those "storytellers." After I was married, I would tuck the kids in at night telling stories instead of reading to them.
How It Affected My Writing
Years later, when my youngest son was in his teens, I started writing, but I was writing fantasy books, not mystery. My kids kept insisting that I write something that would incorporate the stories I used to tell them about growing up in the neighborhood. I brushed it off for several years, but then one night as my wife and I were discussing a movie, I realized it wasn't the stories I told the kids that were interesting, but the people involved.
With that in mind, I built a series around what we believed in as kids: being loyal to each other, and always being there to help each other out. It was how we lived our lives, this unwritten code we had. Once I had that, all that was left was to figure out how to tell the story. I decided the best vehicle was a murder mystery type of novel. I don't look at it that way, but it had to be put in some genre, and that's where it fit best.
Some people are saying it's a mob book, but, and I know this might sound stupid, it is no more a mob book than The Godfather was.
If you've stopped laughing ... think about it. The Godfather was really a story about a man and his principles, and his family. His family just happened to be in the Mafia. If the Corleone's had been in the pharmaceutical business it would be the same story. A different cast of characters, but the same story.
So to wrap it up, Murder Takes Time is not just inspired by my experiences, but the entire series is built on what I experienced growing up. The kind of beliefs we had as kids. I simply projected them out, and asked what might have happened if those kids stayed together. How would they have dealt with life's events? That's what Friendship & Honor, the series, is all about.
About The Author
Somehow I survived the transition to adulthood, but 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 41 animals—12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat 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.
Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. By day I am a headhunter, scouring the country for top talent to fill jobs in the biotech and medical device industry. In the evening I help my wife tend the animals, and at night—late at night—I turn into a writer.
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Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company
Publication Date: April 15, 2012
Format: Paperback - 421 pages / Kindle - 648 KB / Nook - 1 MB
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
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A string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn't good.
Frankie has taken two oaths in his life—the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable.
Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years—and risks losing his life.
In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.
My Book Review:
Murder Takes Time is a story about three best friends whose bonds of friendship are put to the test. Nicky "The Rat" Fusco, Tony "The Brain" Sannullo, and Frankie "Bugs" Donovan grew up on the streets of Wilmington, Delaware. Thicker than thieves, they took an oath of friendship and honor, promising to always have each other's back and never rat each other out. When a gang fight turns deadly, Nicky takes the fall and and is sentenced to prison for ten years.
Fast forward to the present time, the three friends now live in Brooklyn, New York, and have taken different paths in their lives. Frankie has become a detective, while Nicky and Tony have become members of the Martelli crime family.
When Frankie investigates a string of murders that has clues of the murderer pointing to someone from the old neighborhood, he finds himself looking at one of his best friends being the culprit. Frankie is conflicted and has to make the hard decision between honoring the oath he swore as a police officer; or honor the oath that he took thirty years ago with his best friends. With an emotional bond to his friends that are unbreakable, the lines between right and wrong begin to blur, and he struggles to decide what actions to take. This is not only a decision of the heart, it could also be a decision that is deadly ... if the right decision isn't made.
Murder Takes Time is a fast-paced riveting and gritty thriller that will captivate your interest from the beginning. In his debut novel, author Giacomo Giammatteo weaves an intriguing tale of friendship, honor, loyalty and murder, told in the third person narrative with alternating points of view, and alternating between flashbacks to the past and the present day. The reader is engaged to follow along with the story of the three best friends, and how their bond of friendship is tested in a storyline that has a very graphic and explicit description of violence and strong language. This is a realistic and dramatic story with non-stop action and suspense that will keep you riveted to your seat and turning the pages.
The story has a cast of characters who are realistic and complex; with explicit dialogues and interactions; is rich in vivid and very graphic details and descriptions of murder scenes and crime investigations; the storyline flows smoothly and engages the reader to get involved in the story with an insight into each character, and keeps them guessing at the reason behind the murders.
If you are looking for a riveting and gritty no-holds barred murder mystery thriller that will captivate you and give you goose bumps, then Murder Takes Time is the book for you!
Murder Takes Time is the first book in the Friendship & Honor series.
RATING: 5 STARS *****