Saturday, October 19, 2013

{Book Blog Tour - Review} Murder Has Consequences by Giacomo Giammatteo

ISBN #: 978-0985030261
Page Count: 380
Copyright: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

For a select few people, friendship lasts forever. Nicky Fusco and Frankie Donovan were friends like that, but that was years ago. Now Frankie's a detective in Brooklyn's Homicide department, and Nicky is a reformed hit man. But when Frankie gets in trouble - and the law can't help him - he turns to Nicky.

The problem is that Nicky promised his family, and God, that he'd go straight.

Mandy's Review:

Murder Has Consequences is the second book in Giacomo Giammatteo's Friendship & Honor series. The first book, Murder Takes Time, focuses on Frankie as well, but it also included his other two friends. Frankie is a detective who is often torn between his dedication with the department and his loyalty to his childhood friends, who have grown up on the other side of the law. Unfortunately, one of Frankie's friends died in the first book which allows the author to focus on Frankie and Nicky in Murder Has Consequences.

Frankie has to leave Brooklyn to go home to Wilmington, Delaware to help bury his father. While there he reunites with Nicky, who isn't liked by Frankie's brother-in-law because Nicky killed him when they were younger. All Frankie wants is a little show of respect from those who've attended his father's wake and funeral. Later that night, Frankie and Bobby get into a fight at a local bar. When Bobby is found dead the next morning, Frankie is at the top of the suspect's list and is advised to not leave town. Fortunately, Frankie's boss needs him back in Brooklyn since there is a serial killer on the loose. Before Frankie leaves Wilmington, he asks Nicky to act like a detective and help clear his name of Bobby's murder.

Nicky is torn. His nature is to be the tough, take-no-prisoners, hitman, but he's trying his best to be good for his wife, Angie, and his daughter, Rosa. When Frankie asks him to play detective, it makes Nicky feel good to be needed for something purposeful that won't land him in jail.

Can Nicky and Frankie work together fast enough to clear Frankie's name?

Giacomo Giammatteo is an excellent author. He has a way of taken somewhat unsavory characters and making you feel empathy for them. Normally, I root for the unfailingly good guys, but with this series I'm totally rooting for Nicky when he has to beat someone up or "teach them a lesson."

If you're looking for a well-developed mystery series from a new author you may not have heard of before, I highly recommend the Friendship & Honor series.

*A physical copy was provided by the author in exchange for the purposes of this tour and for an honest review.


  1. Hi, Mandy. Thanks for the review and for hosting on the tour. I really appreciate it. And I'm glad you liked Nicky. I would have hated to let him know otherwise.

    You made a good point though, about the sympathetic antagonist. It's difficult to write them, and in book one I really struggled to get it right. I'm happy with how it turned out though and I'm thrilled that most of the readers have taken to him.

  2. I'm sure it's tough writing good "bad guy" characters so it's nice to hear that's the case here. Thanks so much for your review.

  3. I liked this book.


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