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A Bullet For Carlos (Blood Flows South)
I had not read any of Giacomo (Jim) Giammatteo’s work before, but I am a big fan of action packed, hard edged crime stories and I loved A Bullet For Carlos (Blood Flows South).

Detective Connie Gianelli is a wonderfully human, determined woman whose values have been formed by her life experiences. Years before, Connie’s “mother” had refused to marry the love of her life, Dominic Mangini because she could not accept his mobster lifestyle, but she would not marry anyone else either. Dominic was who his was–he could not change; but he loved Maria Gianelli unconditionally and faithfully.

The story opens with a violent mobstyle murder and the unexpected complication of a baby girl found in a backroom. On the “job” Dominic Mangini is a violent, merciless mobster, but in his private life he is a devoted, loving man who cannot leave a child to die. He thinks of Maria, and he knows that now he can give her one thing he has cheated her of–a child. He takes the baby to her and convinces her that it was abandoned in the cold on a street corner and that it was god’s gift to her. Reluctantly, but joyfully, Maria embraces the child, whom she calls Concetta. Through the years the child grows up loving her “uncle” Dominic who instills strong Italian family traditions in her–“family is everything” and he is there to protect Connie and Maria, a strong fatherly influence in their family.

When Connie eventually learns that Dominic is actually a mobster she is stunned and she despises him. She joins the police force, in defiance of what he is and does–determined to represent law and justice. Connie Gianelle becomes known “Brooklyn’s toughest cop” as she and her team doggedly bring down drug dealers and bad guys. Then one night a drug bust goes bad, and her fellow members are killed. Connie knows she will be next to die. Desperate, she phones uncle Dominic for help, which comes immediately.

Inside the police force rumours about mob family connections have shadowed her career in the past, but now hard question arise–why was she the only one to survive? Why had basic procedure been circumvented? Why wasn’t back-up in place? Why had one of her fellow police officers called a mobster? Where did the drugs go? Internal Affairs is investigating her convinced that she is dirty, the police chief wants to bury her, take away her badge. Connie refuses to go easily, so she is assigned to a desk job solving cold cases. She does her job, but is determined to work behind the scenes to clear her name and find out what really happened in that dark alley on that fateful night.

The heart of “A Bullet For Carlos” takes off from this point.

Giammatteo has crafted a masterful piece of work. The plot is convoluted; filled with tenacity, adventure, violence, love and family tradition and loyalty, good guys, bad guys. The characters become real people that you can relate to; some you root for, others you intensely dislike and some that you can’t help but admire and yet despise at the same time.

When I came to the last paragraph I felt justice had been served and I was satisfied. Then I realised that in one sense it had been, but in another, I had actually been led to the edge of a cliff and would have to wait for the next book in the series to discover “the rest of the story.” And I will be first in line to read it.

I so liked Giammatteo`s work that I immediately downloaded “Murder Takes Time” and read it. I’m a diehard fan now. If you like great characters, and a hard edged plot filled action, don’t miss this book. It will keep you riveted from beginning to end. This book would make a great movie!

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