A Bullet For Carlos – Giacomo Giammatteo Review

A Bullet for Carlos

A Bullet For Carlos
Giacomo Giammatteo

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.

Once again, I find myself in awe of Giammatteo’s talent. All of his novels are so descriptive and imaginative. This is a crime novel of the highest caliber and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I thought Connie was a great protagonist. She’s strong, smart, capable, and able to keep up with the boys. Best of all, she’s not Superwoman and has flaws. She also lives her life with shades of grey. The main theme in this novel is one of family. Connie is torn between the love she holds for her uncles Dominic and Zeppe and the knowledge they are mobsters. This conflict divides her loyalties between her family and her job as a police officer. The rest of the characters introduced in this novel, whether they are on the side of the law or not, are all vivid and complex. Through multiple perspectives we are able to learn what drives them and what they desire.

Even though this is a good book, I must warn that it’s not for the faint-hearted. There are quite a few graphic descriptions and sometimes they are hard to read. However, they just stress the heinousness of the crimes and are unflinchingly brutal.

Giammatteo is an amazing new addition to the crime novel genre. He has written another excellent novel and I’m very excited to see where this series leads. I highly recommend this novel along with Giammatteo’s other book Murder Takes Time.



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