Review: Murder Takes Time – Giaccomo Giammatteo

Paperback: 438 pages
Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company (April 12, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0985030208
ISBN-13: 978-0985030209
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Frankie “Bugs” Donovan – Brooklyn Detective.
Nicky “The Rat” Fusco – Ex Con and Childhood Friend of Frankie’s.
Tony “The Brain” Sannullo – Gangster and Childhood Friend of Frankie’s.
Paulie “The Suit” Perlano – The fourth member of the childhood group.


Against the backdrop of a series of brutal murders is the tale of four friends. These four friends are growing up on the streets of Brooklyn New York. When young they commit crimes such as stealing cigarettes. As they grow older though, some go towards more violent crimes, while others find themselves on the opposite side of the law. How can they maintain the childhood oath they took of friendship and honor while still staying true to themselves.


I really loved this story. I’ve always had quite a passion for mob stories and this one didn’t disappoint me. The characters are very well developed and designed, and each has their own unique personality. As a reader, I grew to like the characters, and as happens in this type of life sometimes those around them die. When this happens, I felt sorow for the characters and felt the attachment to each other.

The book alternates between the real world where Frankie “Bugs” Donovan, a divorced detective in Brookyn is assigned the case of a series of four murders. Clues left at the scene lead him to believe that one of his childhood friends was involved. The other aspect of the book is the story going forward from childhood of Nicky “The Rat” Fusco. Through Nicky’s story we see the events of the book unfold from 13 to 15 years earlier to present day. This was actually an interesting way to unfold the whole mystery aspect of it.

If you are someone who loves thrillers, mob stories, or mysteries, then grab this one and give it a read, you’ll be hooked from page one. I would say due to language, extreme violence, and other adult content that it is for older teens and adults.

Grab a copy and when you’ve read it, drop back by and let us know what you thought about it.

About the Author

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

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.

Go check out the website: Look around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Tracee and the Author at Pump up your Book for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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4 Responses to “Review: Murder Takes Time – Giaccomo Giammatteo”

  1. Giacomo Giammatteo Says:

    Rick: Thanks for taking the time to read and review the book. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I have to tell you, it was a lot of fun to write, but presented challenges writing in past and present timelines.

  2. Rick Rhodes Says:

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  3. Kellee Smith Says:

    my kind of read thanks

  4. Kellee Smith Says:

    my kind of read thanks