Three young boys. One girl. Friendship, honor, love. An oath. Betrayal. It all ended up in murder.
There was only one rule in our neighborhood—never break an oath. But oaths are easy to take and damn hard to keep. Now I'm staring at my best friend, lying on the floor in a pool of blood, my bullet in his gut. Where the hell did it go wrong? To understand that you’d have to go back to the beginning, back to when the three of us ruled the neighborhood.
I've never read the Godfather. I've never been drawn to gangster novels. I'm not even big on gritty crime dramas. I couldn't tell you why I bought this one. Maybe it was the feeling I got from the first couple pages. There was something different about it. Second sentence: Killing was an art, requiring finesse, planning, skill--and above all--patience. Depending on your mood, you could read that as lurid for lurid's sake. I read it as extraordinary. That's what I ended up reading, an extraordinary book.
This book is not a murder mystery. It's not a crime drama. It's not a mob story. It is much more. It's a horror story. It's a warm reflection on youth and friendship. It's a tragedy. It's an innocent love story. It's a gritty...
I love to read and I read a lot, but I am not the kind of person who can't lay down a book until it is finished. A few chapters every day is fine with me. Or so I thought... "Murder takes time" just didn't let go. After the first few chapters, I just kept on reading and reading, eager to learn more. This book and the way it is writen somehow manages to put you right in the middle of the story from the get go. No drag and endless "getting into it". You read the first few pages, the first chapters and you are right there. I usually read a lot from Stephen King and lately almost everything from Dean Koontz I can get my hands on. And now I definitely have to add Giammatteo to the list of my "if it's out, get it" list.
This novel is not just a murder mystery. This novel is not just a thriller. This novel is not just a love story. This novel is not just a life story.
This novel is all in one. Geniously combined in a way that never lets any part...
I really liked this book, it is exciting and gripping. MURDER TAKES TIME gets your attention fast, it is riveting and nearly impossible to put down. The characters are strong. I particularly like the way the author does the narrative and dialogue. It is difficult to believe this is Giammatteo's first novel. He has a vivid imagination and is a great story teller. I can't wait for his next book.
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