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Interview Giacomo Giammatteo

opics of conversation:

  • Struggles as a teen adult without a college education, then, and now
  • Becoming an author without a college education
  • Pursuing and living your dreams
  • Giammatteo’s animal sanctuary
  • Marriage, making it work for 43 years

Giacomo lives in Texas now, but he 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.
Somehow Giacomo survived the transition to adulthood, but when his kids were young he left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where his wife suggested they get a few animals. They now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count they had 41 animals—12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 26 pigs. Oh, and one crazy—and very large—wild boar, who takes walks with Giacomo every day and happens to also be his best buddy.
By day Giacomo is a headhunter, scouring the country for top talent to fill jobs in the biotech and medical device industry. In the evening he helps his wife tend to the animals, and at night—late at night—he turns into a writer. 




A string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn't good.

Frankie has taken two oaths in his life: the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable.

Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years and risks losing his life.

In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.