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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Bullet for Carlos by /a PICT VBTour & Give Away

Book Details
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Published by: Inferno Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 2012
Number of Pages: 421
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Note: Excessive Strong Language, Graphic Violence


Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.

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 Review: 

I have been reading so many tremendous mystery/suspense/thrillers lately and I am ecstatic to add A Bullet for Carlos to the awesome list!!  I couldn't be more pleased.   The characters  were very well stereo typed in an Italian-esque/ Brooklyn-esque  manner and to my delight, the book included some lines written in Italian.   I love the Italian language and Italian food!   And for the New York mobsters, family played a huge role in the storyline and plot.   The threat to Connie's name and career began in Brooklyn when a drug bust went totally wrong and drugs came up missing.

To remove her from a direct line of fire with the IA investigators, Connie is transferred to Homicide and assigned cold cases for review and ultimately she travels to Houston Texas to partner with Tip Denton, a smart mouthed, good old boy cop who is one of the best officers Texas has to offer, but also a flawed detective--likes his women and his liquor....and also his three dogs.

It's there in Houston, Connie gets a very real encounter with another "family"--this one Mean and Mexican...the one that caused the problems back in Brooklyn.   Now the novel involves two investigations.
Connie wants nothing more than to clear her name and return to her beloved Brooklyn.   She also wants to resolve the case of the individual who removes the lips of his female victims, then severely beats, and rapes them.  The bodies are piling up and Connie is the target of two of society's career criminals!   It becomes increasingly important to get these cases resolved and resolved NOW.

This novel was one of those that you got to a certain point and your brain said, quite loudly, "Continue to read...all night if you must...just do it!"   And I did.    It was a great book to escape in.   My favorite character was Flash and I am so glad, I am not a cop!   Not the life for wussy me, but I sure enjoy a good 
cop story!   Looking forward to next year's release, A Bullet for Dominic! 

  5 winks!   

YES, I SAID 5   ; ) ...my scariness meter ran at 9 due to the gruesome murders and mob punishments.  Language was very strong too!

Author Bio:

Giacomo Giammatteo lives in Texas, where he and his wife run an animal sanctuary and take care of 41 loving rescues. By day, he works as a headhunter in the medical device industry, and at night, he writes.

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Tour Host Participants (for alternate perspectives):
Feb 1 Review & Giveaway: Teena @ Teena in Toronto 
Feb 2  Review & Giveaway: Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva
Feb 3 Guest Post: Heather @ Books, Books and More Books
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Mar 3 Review & Giveaway: Mandy @ Literary R&R
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*


CMash said...

So glad you enjoyed this book. I, too, loved it. Mr. Giammatteo went on my "favorite authors to read" list after I read his debut novel "Murder Takes Time". Exceptional review and post. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Beth, thanks so much for taking the time to review the book. I'm glad you liked it. This was my first attempt at writing a female lead, and I found it difficult but fun. It took me a couple of tries to Connie to the point where I wanted her to be, but I ended up liking her.

Anonymous said...

Mad Dog House by Mark Rubenstein was one of those what-will-happen-next and I can't put it down books.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comments! I will look into Mad Dog House, thanks for sharing. I am honored to have read your novel and yes, I think Connie was quite likable. Her heart was true. I am in awe of so many authors!

Unknown said...

Mascaracat: I just started Mad Dog House, and so far I'm liking it. Mark knows how to write.