Welcome to Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Giacomo!
Before we get to the interview, can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Wilmington, DE, one of six kids in what I think was one of the best neighborhoods in the world. I used it as the setting for my first book, Murder Takes Time. The neighborhood was mostly Italian, Irish and Polish, and was almost all Catholic.
I ended up getting married at 17, and miraculously, have been married to that same wonderful woman for 43 years. We have had an animal sanctuary for almost 20 years and we now have 46 animals.
Please give a brief description/storyline about A Bullet For Carlos.
In short, A Bullet For Carlos is a story about family, and the relationship between a Brooklyn detective and her “uncle” who is the head of a Mafia family.
What was the inspiration for this story?
I decided when I started out in this business that I was going to write series, and I wasn’t going to get stuck in one. My first series, Friendship & Honor, is about a complex relationship between several guys who grew up in the same neighborhood. One is now a cop and one on the other side of the law. When I began this series, I wanted something completely different, so I made a female protagonist with a unique theme. After that it was simply a matter of creating the story lines and plots.
What genres are your favorites?
I love SciFi/Fantasy. I like good mysteries. And I love ancient history, especially Roman history.
What is the most gratifying thing you feel or get as a writer?
The best thing in the world is to get emails from readers who say they enjoyed the story, or a particular character, or it kept them up all night. That feels great because I can empathize. I know how I feel when I stay up too late reading a good book.
How do you usually communicate with your readers/fans?
Mostly by email, but also on Facebook and sometimes on Twitter.
Is there anything in your book bases on real life experiences or are they purely all from your imagination?
In this book nothing was really based on my life. In my first book a lot of it was.
Are you currently writing a new book? If yes, would you care to share a bit of it with us?
I’m always working on a new book. I have Murder Has Consequences, the sequel to Murder Takes Time, coming out in March. And right now I’m putting the finishing touches on Old Wounds, the first book in the Redemption Series. It should be published in May. I’m also finishing up a novella about Dominic Mangini, one of the characters in A Bullet For Carlos.
Giacomo, thank you for visiting Jersey Girl Book Reviews and sharing a bit about yourself and your writing career with us!
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A Bullet For Carlos by Giacomo Giammatteo
Book 1: Blood Flows South Series
Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback - 421 pages / Kindle - 713 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Crime / Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she’s not worried about them finding the missing drugs—her secrets could prove to be far worse.
Now Connie’s racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs—dirty cops or Uncle Dominic’s friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her.
My Book Review:
Brooklyn Narcotics Detective Connie Giannelli knew she would be a cop since she was twelve years old, when she found out that her Uncle Dominic Mangini was a mobster. She has a love/ hate relationship with Uncle Dom. She loves him because he is family, and he had taught her that nothing in life is more important than la famiglia ... family is everything. But she hates him for who he is and what he does; but most of all for what it does to her reputation as a cop, for putting her in the position of being under suspicion of being a "dirty cop" with family ties to the mob.
Known as "Brooklyn's Toughest Cop," Connie and her narcotics team are number one on successful drug busts. But when an undercover drug bust goes bad and leaves her two partners dead, Connie has to fight to clear her name. Connie is transferred to the homicide unit, and while under the pretense of investigating a cold murder case with ties to Texas, she travels to Houston to investigate the Mexican cartel who is running the drugs and the ruthless drug cartel leader who wants her dead, while tracking down a sadistic serial killer. Will Connie be able to clear her name and bust the drug cartel, or will she fall victim to the drug cartel leader or the sadistic serial killer?
A Bullet For Carlos is a gripping crime / mystery thriller that will draw the reader into the story and keep them on the edge with its riveting suspense. In the first book of the Blood Flows South Series, author Giacomo Giammatteo weaves an intriguing tale with multiple subplots that are neatly interwoven, with alternating first and third person narratives, and enough action packed adventure with exciting twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing what will happen next. The story features mob activity, police corruption, drug cartels, and serial killer/murders ... with the reader following Connie Giannelli, an honest cop who tries to clear her name and reputation. I loved the interweaving of the subplots: the reader gets a glimpse into the world of a mob family, and the lengths they will go to protect one of their own; while also delving into the underground drug cartel world filled with its propensity for cruelty and ruthlessness.
With a realistic and diverse cast of complicated characters who leap off the pages; engaging dialogue and riveting interactions; three richly detailed and descriptive settings of Brooklyn, Houston and Monterrey, Mexico; and a complex and graphically violent storyline that leaves you wanting more, A Bullet For Carlos is one hell of a thriller that will make your heart race!
RATING: 5 STARS *****