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The Piranhas by Roberto Saviano–Review-3 stars #NetGalley

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The Piranhas takes place during the twenty-first century in Naples, Italy.

Nicholas has always been fascinated by the organized crime world. His idea of success was to be the head of an organized group. His father wanted him to go to America or England to attend an esteemed school. But, Nicolas, later known as, Maraja, was content in Naples. The gang world was his life. The only thing Nicholas hated, was reporting to someone. His goal was to have his own paranza. 

The Piranhas is a distressing story about teenagers growing up in the organized crime world. The leaders of the crime families were like royalty. The boys idolized them. Witnessing brutal killings, drug deals, and generalized lawlessness was part of their life. 

I had a difficult time getting through this novel. There are a lot of characters in this book. Trying to remember the characters, crime families, and Italian phrases sprinkled throughout the novel was overwhelming. The story, although interesting, is quite disturbing.  

Thank you,  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~3 out of 5 stars~


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Murder Is Invisible by Giacomo Giammatteo-Review-4.5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Giacomo Giammatteo’s New Crime-Thriller Release-Murder Is Invisible!


Nicky Fusco is known to be a brutal and ruthless killer. He also has a kind and compassionate heart and believes in God. Nicky defends the innocent against evil. He has tried, however, to change his ways, because he knows, if he doesn’t, he’ll lose everything. Nicky loves his new life with his wife, Angela, and their daughter Rosa. He doesn’t want to lose them.

When Rosa’s friend is kidnapped, Nicky calls Detective Donavan for assistance. He tries to convince his daughter that the authorities will do everything in their power to find her friend. But after viewing a DVD starring several girls, including Rosa’s friend, as sex slaves, Nicky’s temper flared. He knew right then and there that whoever touched and kidnapped those girls would die. And they would die, the slow, brutal, Nicky Fusco way.

Murder Is Invisible is a compelling crime-thriller. Giacomo Giammatteo is a great storyteller and writer. I’ll look forward to the next book in this series. 

Thank you, Giacomo Giammatteo, for my complimentary copy of Murder Is Invisible.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights, and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. I’ve had a successful 30 year career as a headhunter, recruiting top talent for some of the world’s best companies–Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and many high-profile start-up companies. 

During that time I’ve completed more than 500 searches, which translates into evaluating, editing, and writing thousands of resumes. I have also interviewed and done reference checks on more than 1,000 candidates. I’ve learned what companies want to see on a resume–and, perhaps more importantly–what they don’t. You’ll find a lot more information in the book and on my website.

Getting back to the bio–when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 45 animals–11 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 5 others, and 26 pigs.

Oh, and one crazy–and very large–wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.

In the evening I help my wife tend to the animals, and at night–late at night–I turn into a writer.

Check out the websites. 

For fiction books go to: http://giacomogiammatteo.com 

Non-fiction books: http://nomistakes.org

Once you get there, take a look around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think.

Contact me at gg@giacomog.com.

*Beyond The Law*by Tom Benson*5-Stars

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Beyond The Law is a compelling and superbly crafted fast-paced crime thriller.

Ex-Special Forces Phil MacKenzie, aka, Hawk, was Glasgow’s vigilante. His focus was organized crime, and his main target, the crime godfather, William Hartley, along with his despicable illegal operations. To Hartley, Hawk became the thing that wouldn’t go away. He was furious that his businesses were being raided, and his men killed at the hand of the vigilante and his crew. Chief Constable Robert Davenport dreaded each call from the crime godfather. His calls were becoming more frequent and his demands more immediate. The Constable’s debt was supposed to have been paid after a computer virus was unleashed. Davenport should have known that the godfather would go back on his word. But demanding that he kill the vigilante, was just too much to expect of him. However, the Constable knew that if he didn’t deliver, his secrets would be exposed.

I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing, action-packed novel. The dialogue in Beyond The Law was natural and the scenes vivid, raw and realistic. Kudos, to Tom Benson, for crafting such an engrossing and entertaining crime thriller. I highly recommend giving it a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

**Rizzo’s World**by Leonard Durso

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Rizzo’s World is a mystery that begins in New York City and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. Rizzo is a journalist who lives alone in New York. His famous wife lives in Istanbul with their daughter. Rizzo feels like a failure as a father and as a husband. He has resigned himself to living a lonely existence with his dog, a few friends, and booze. His life, however, turns upside down when he discovers that someone has murdered his best friend, Cemal, in Istanbul.

Rizzo meets up with his best friend’s cousin, Meral, and together they plan to find and expose Cemal’s murderer. Although Rizzo’s reason for being in Istanbul is disheartening, he finds himself enjoying his time there, in spite of his grim mission. Rizzo has reunited with his wife and daughter and has what feels like a normal life again. Almost.

Rizzo is not discrete enough with his murder investigation, and, as a result, he finds himself coming face to face with the mob.

I found the plot of Rizzo’s World intriguing, but the writing cumbersome, at times. The author tends to use long wordy sentences, which I find irritating because they pull me out of the story. Although this novel is not an unputdownable mystery thriller, it is a moving story. Leonard Durso’s writing touched my heart as he captured Rizzo’s brokenness and lonely life. I found reading about Istanbul, Turkey, fascinating. All in all, I enjoyed the read.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.


~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

Five-Star-Sempre- by J.M. Darhower

SempreSempre is the first book in J.M. Darhower’s Forever Series. This is a well crafted emotionally charged thriller that kept me flipping the pages. Mafia families are at war; human trafficking is an organized crime competitive business, and slavery, unfortunately, is a reality. If crime stories full of betrayal, deceit, love and sacrifice is your passion then Sempre is the book for you.
The story begins with Haven, a runaway slave, being captured, and sold to Dr. Vincent Demarco, a mafia consiglieri. As consiglieri, Vincent has to fly to Chicago often and meet with the Head of the Italian Mafia. Much to Vincent’s dismay this head of the mafia family is the Godfather to his son Carmine and has declared to everyone that Carmine would become a Mafia Prince at age eighteen. Vincent hopes that Carmine declines his Godfather’s offer because if he doesn’t, there will be no leaving the family business alive for him.
Carmine is a brazen, spoiled seventeen-year-old male with a crass mouth which he allows to rip whenever the mood strikes him. He’s a womanizer and treats women with disrespect. Carmine has every intention of joining the family mafia business until a slave-girl enters his life and turns it upside down.
I love it when I discover a new talented author. J.M. Darhower is a fantastic story-teller and a razor sharp writer who captures the essence of raw emotions that can stir and move a reader. All of her characters are well developed and realistic. I even love Carmine the selfish, brazen teenager. You will too; just wait and see.
I highly recommend giving Sempre a read, it’s just too good not to.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover