Thursday, August 9, 2012

Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo and iPad 2 Giveaway!

From Amazon - 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.

Debut work from Giammatteo is jam-packed with action, diverse characters and clever writing.  From page one, I was hooked and found it very hard to put down, wanting to know what would happen next.  I was a bit put off by the swearing but I hear it everyday so it was easy to overlook and didn't deviate from the story, but rather, lent believability to the characters.  With some brutal and graphic murder scenes, the reader really gets a good grasp of the situation that just invests you further.

I really liked the main character, Frankie, and how his emotions and decisions played out for him, not only in the short-term but for the long haul.  Giammatteo does a fantastic job of fleshing out the characters, making them easy to relate to but also, the pace of the novel is steady, keeping you up late (or rather me, in this case) burning the midnight oil, captivated.  I definitely will be looking for the next book by this very talented author!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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