Character Frankie Donovan joins us from Murder takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo
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Today we have Frankie Donovan with us from Murder Takes Time written by Giacomo Giammatteo.
Welcome Frankie. Glad you could make it here today. Please tell me and my readers what your book is about.
This is a story about me and my friends. About how we grew up, the things we did, what we believed in, and what we didn't. More than anything, it's a story about friendship & honor.
Friendship and honor huh?
Not the kind where your neighbor or your co-worker, or even your relatives, call you a friend. This is a story about real friendship. The kind where everything is on the line. Your very soul is put to the test.
I have seen that kind of friendship.
We grew up tough. People nowadays don't believe us, but we were smoking at 5 years old.
And we stole the cigarettes, even the matches we used to light 'em.
YOU DID NOT!
We didn't take crap from anyone. If kids from another neighborhood wanted a fight—we were there. Got our asses kicked a few times, but we showed up. And we always had each other's backs. That’s what counts.
Yes - that is what counts.
A lot of bad things happened. A lot. Some of us got off easier than others. I was lucky. I took that as an omen and became a cop.
lol... from stealing smokes at age 5 - to fights in the street to being a badge! That's a turn around!
That didn't mean I forgot my friends. I'd never forget them. Not after what they did for me.
Hard to let go of those memories.
But then things happened that put me in a real bind.
Or really? What's that?
I got assigned a high-profile homicide case, one that was sure to get a lot of attention from the top.
Why did that put you such a bind?
Here's where my dilemma started. Before I left the crime scene I knew I was in deep. Clues left at the murder pointed to one of my two best friends.
I didn't know which one, but I had to find out. The big question, the one I didn't know the answer to, was what I would do once I caught him. We had taken oaths as kids. Oaths we never broke. Then again, I took an oath as a cop, too.
True, you did.
As I pondered the situation, I remembered the neighborhood rule. The one rule that governed all the others. We said it to each other a thousand times, and we told every new kid we met. There was only one rule in our neighborhood—never break an oath.
So now I am wondering which one you didn't break... the one to your friends or the oath of office, hmmm...
We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?
I wish he'd have made me a little more approachable. He made me this tough guy, with a hard shell. But inside I'm not like that, well, not all the time. I'm a real softie when it comes to kids in trouble.
I bet you are. If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
I wanted him to tell more about us growing up. It was an interesting story. Hell there were a lot of interesting stories. He could have made a book out of that instead of doing it this way. Who knows, maybe I'll whisper in his ear and convince him to do that.
I think that would be a great idea! Tell me, what do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
What do I love best? Huh. I'm a good guy, with good intentions. I'm loyal to my friends and I keep my word. If I give my word, it's gold. I love my clothes, too. I've always loved clothes.
lol... A man who likes clothes... lol!
The least? I pretend too much. I pretend I don't want a relationship, but it might be what I want more than anything. I'm afraid a lot too. Afraid I'll end up like my parents, stuck in a marriage with no love, living every day for the sake of the kids. You know what?
The sad thing is all of us kids knew it.
That is sad....What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
That's a tough question. I think the most difficult part of this book was figuring out how I could keep my oath as a cop and still be true to my friends. And let's not forget I had to solve the murders. But I'll set the record straight right now. Giacomo didn't have anything to do with it. He tried and couldn't figure out anything. It was me and my buddies. We worked things out.
I bet you guys did!
Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book. If not, do you wish you could continue your story?
There's a sequel. Don't worry about that. If you read the book there are rules in there. Rules of murder. We were big believers in rules. The next book is called Murder Has Consequences.
Oh - I like that!
As far as “what do I want to accomplish,” I'll state it plain. I want to get some nutbags off the street, and I really don't care if they go to prison or the graveyard. Off the street is what I want.
I know exactly what you mean Frankie! Any thing else you would like to tell us before we finish?
I've got plenty I'd like to talk about. A lot more than you have room for, but I'll try to cut it short. People need to realize that this world is all screwed up. They think the rules and laws are right just because they're laws. That makes me laugh. It also makes me sick. Just because something's a law doesn't mean it's right. We knew that in the old neighborhood. We'll be trying to teach you guys if you follow along. So pick up Murder Takes Time and read it. Find out what friendship and honor area all about.
I know I sure will Frankie! Thank you for coming today!
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