Interview with Marc A. Di Giacomo, author of In A Small Town
In A Small Town, takes place in the fictional town of Hutchville, N.Y. The main character is Detective Matthew Longo, who gets shot at the beginning. As he recovers, Det. Longo is haunted by a series of post-traumatic dreams of dead bodies he observed earlier on in his career.
Detective Donny Mello is Matthew’s partner and mentor. While Matthew is recuperating from his gunshot wound, Donny Mello is attending his grandfather’s funeral in Italy. Let’s just say there is an organized crime presence throughout the story.
Det. Mello doesn’t play by the rules which causes significant stress within this small police department. No one is more effected than Matthew Longo. Detective Longo returns to work just in time for the stealthy arrival of Special Agent Cynthia Shyler of the F.B.I. She delivers a bombshell that rocks Matthew’s world. Det. Matthew Longo, along with the help of his kid brother, Police Officer Francis “Franny” Longo, must solve a vicious crime that shocks this small community to its core. This small town is no longer the safe haven it once was believed to be. Meanwhile, Donny Mello returns from Italy and is the target of a federal investigation.
Can Matthew help to protect his partner without giving up a secret so damaging, it may cost him his life?
What genre is this book?
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Tell us a bit more about your main characters.
Detective Donny Mello, is not your ordinary police officer. He tends to handle the “garbage” himself in a way that most wouldn’t believe possible. I want the reader to ask themselves, “Could a cop like that exist in a small town police department?” I am here to tell you that anything is possible in Hutchville, New York.
Police Officer Francis ‘Franny’ Longo is Matthew’s younger brother. Franny is a natural cop who has amazing investigative skills. When Matthew is forced to confide a secret in his little brother, Franny’s reaction completely shocks his older brother. Their relationship is tested as the book progresses.
Special Agent Cynthia Shyler of the F.B.I., arrives into the mix and instantly turns Matthew’s world upside down. She delivers a bombshell of information that causes even more anxiety for Matthew.
Have you written any other books that we should read next?
Did you know that In A Small Town is the name of a really cool Pearl Jam song?
You say you used to be a policeman?
Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?