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Dangerous Illusions In A Beguiling Tale Of Deception And Murder, Desire And Theft, Seduction And Betrayal Where Nothing Is What It Appears To Be A Man Is Murdered And An Iconic Musical Instrument Is Stolen During A Gathering At Eliot Sexton S Park Avenue Apartment The Stolen Item An Object Of Desire Worshipped By Millions Is The Key To Solving The Crime, Or So The Detective Brought In To Investigate Believes The Murder, However, Is Not Nearly As Straightforward As It Seems Nor Is The TheftThough The Island Of Manhattan Presents No Shortage Of Suspects Many Of Them Capable Of Killing To Satisfy Their Appetites Eliot, A Young Economic Historian And Writer, Soon Becomes The Prime Suspect As He Draws Closer To The Truth Behind The Theft And Murder, He Also Becomes The Killer S Next TargetIrreverent, Provocative, And Utterly Unpredictable, Dangerous Illusions Is A Weeklong Polyrhythmic Journey Into Contemporary New York That Will Keep Readers Guessing Right Up To Its Thrilling Conclusion

10 thoughts on “Dangerous Illusions

  1. says:

    The rhythm of DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS felt off to me Like I was the one playing the drums, instead of Phil Collins up on stage pounding away in front of thousands, bringing The Garden to its knees The style felt a bit formal, a bit stilted, like Joseph J Gabriele understands the rules of writing, but he left all of his passion and sensation back at his former place of residence And when I finished the novel, I found myself shrugging my shoulders and saying, So what Don t get me wrong The man The rhythm of DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS felt off to me Like I was the one playing the drums, instead of Phil Collins up on stage pounding away in front of thousands, bringing The Garden to its knees The style felt a bit formal, a bit stilted, like Joseph J Gabriele understands the rules of writing, but he left all of his passion and sensation back at his former place of residence And when I finished the novel, I found myself shrugging my shoulders and saying, So what Don t get me wrong The man can write He breathed life into Eliot and Blaire and Yvette and Laura and other individuals that flitted across the stage of this three act play, but I found myself never really fully invested in the outcome I found myself dropping my eyes in the cheap seats and listening with only one ear I stared out into the great abyss, and then I promptly averted my gaze.Even the story felt a bit off at times Like we d hitthan a few potholes on some backcountry road and now my wheels were out of alignment A new set of shocks wasn t entirely out of the question either But I kept pressing, kept moving forward in the hope that I was wrong In the end, though, I don t think I am.I wanted to believe in this tale, but I lost my faith somewhere along the road, and I couldn t figure out a way to bring it back.I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross posted at Robert s Reads

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    This book is so muchthan a mystery I admired the quality of the writing it has a certain musicality to it, managing to be both lyrical and rhythmic which, given the subject matter, is quite appropriate The writing was extraordinarily evocative and I loved the local color throughout I really felt that I was in the locations the apartment house, the hotel, Music Row, the carriage house, the trip to SoHo, the speakeasy The author perfectly captures the sights and sounds of New York City This book is so muchthan a mystery I admired the quality of the writing it has a certain musicality to it, managing to be both lyrical and rhythmic which, given the subject matter, is quite appropriate The writing was extraordinarily evocative and I loved the local color throughout I really felt that I was in the locations the apartment house, the hotel, Music Row, the carriage house, the trip to SoHo, the speakeasy The author perfectly captures the sights and sounds of New York City I recognized some of the locations, but not all, and I couldn t help but wonder if they are based on real places I also thought the same about many of the characters, as Gabriele draws them with a knowing insight and wit And like all of the best crime fiction, this is about so muchthan a murder, it s about the world we live in now

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    What an excellent book that Joseph J Gabriele as given us Right from the start I was drawn in and loved the book I love to read about intrigue, crime, and murder in NYC where everything just seemsexotic and privileged to me The author really indulges us in some beautiful descriptions of the Big Apple I loved the imagery.This is a murder mystery that you can t entirely figure out before it s revealed to you and I love that There are a lot of questions along the way and towards the end What an excellent book that Joseph J Gabriele as given us Right from the start I was drawn in and loved the book I love to read about intrigue, crime, and murder in NYC where everything just seemsexotic and privileged to me The author really indulges us in some beautiful descriptions of the Big Apple I loved the imagery.This is a murder mystery that you can t entirely figure out before it s revealed to you and I love that There are a lot of questions along the way and towards the end all is revealed in a realistic way The author didn t ask us to believe anything that is too far fetched or insult us by writing only with the point of sensationalism.I enjoyed this book and you will too if you love a good murder mystery and solving the puzzle of a murder in little bits and pieces

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 2.5 stars.I won this book through Goodreads First Reads The extra.5 stars are for the fab printing of this book although, I do not understand the ahem naked lady on the cover It was because of her that I guessed the ending Not cool and also because the author did not just sign the copy he also wrote a nice personalized note which I thought was really sweet The quality of writing was top notch Personally, I like simplicity in writing I don t want to feel like I am sitting in a class w 2.5 stars.I won this book through Goodreads First Reads The extra.5 stars are for the fab printing of this book although, I do not understand the ahem naked lady on the cover It was because of her that I guessed the ending Not cool and also because the author did not just sign the copy he also wrote a nice personalized note which I thought was really sweet The quality of writing was top notch Personally, I like simplicity in writing I don t want to feel like I am sitting in a class with dictionary in hand wondering what so and so word means It s not a bad thing it s just tedious But that doesn t mean that it isn t well written The mystery itself is decent but it ended too abruptly The killer is revealed and then just like that book ends in the next paragraph Wait. WHAT The ONLY bad thing was the unnecessary details On and on and on about streets and food and clothes and restaurants that had absolutely NOTHING to do with the plot I really wish the editing was crisp But if you just ignore the details like I did and focus on the mystery it is somewhat enjoyable

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    A remarkably fine new author arrives Joseph J Gabriele debuts as an author with a literate, sophisticated and enthralling mystery novel DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS the title suggests the depth of Gabriele s emersion in literature as a recall of Les liaisons dangereuses or Dangerous Liaisons many such reflections of arts and literature pepper this book As the biographical data on the Internet reveals, Dangerous Illusions, Joseph J Gabriele s first work of fiction, is the result of two lifelon A remarkably fine new author arrives Joseph J Gabriele debuts as an author with a literate, sophisticated and enthralling mystery novel DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS the title suggests the depth of Gabriele s emersion in literature as a recall of Les liaisons dangereuses or Dangerous Liaisons many such reflections of arts and literature pepper this book As the biographical data on the Internet reveals, Dangerous Illusions, Joseph J Gabriele s first work of fiction, is the result of two lifelong passions writing and music The Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anne Sexton encouraged his writing while he was still in his teens and suggested he attend Boston University where she was affiliated with the English Department At a time when Helen Vendler chaired the department, he studied English Language and Literature, launched and edited the Poetry Page of the Daily Free Press, and graduated with honors and distinction after writing his senior thesis, Narrative Technique Angle of Vision and Point of View His love of music was fueled, as a child, by classical snare and tympani studies with William Gussak who recorded with Louis Armstrong and Bill Haley, among others In his teen years, he also studied jazz technique with the legendary drummer and teacher Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, before turning down a recording contract with John Hammond at Columbia Records to pursue an even greater passion for literature at Boston University Nonetheless, he remains an active member of the Percussive Arts Society His publishing career includes experience at a number of leading New York trade publishers, including Doubleday Company, John Wiley Sons, and Simon Schuster He is a member of the Authors Guild and resides in Manhattan Is that data pertinent to a review Yes, when the book under scrutiny gives evidence of such a gifted writer in a debut novel He deserves our attention.The book is a murder mystery set in contemporary Manhattan where we meet our narrator, writer and economic historian Eliot Sexton in medias res relating a murder of Eugene Livingston, an act that involves a mystery surrounding a stolen musical instrument of significance Through the investigation Eliot becomes a suspect and the intricacies of the crimes unravel as we encounter a stunning array of memorable characters The story is strong and strongly related, but for this reader the true magic is in Gabriele s writing style The manner in which he mixes all the aspects of his own profound understanding of music and psychology and the English language is best demonstrated by a few excerpts As I walked toward them, the ensemble played against the rising sound of the storm in an ostinato pattern filled with uncertainty and irregularity There were touches of darkness to the chords and flourishes of the piano The guitarist fretted along unable to maintain his usual level of pensive concentration The bassist frenetically stroked and plucked the strings of her instrument, struggling to keep pace with the storm.And a surprisingly terse character description such as the following reveals his skill a squad of six uniformed officers descended upon the gathering, aggressively pushing their way through black suits and saffron, vermillion, and indigo dresses The men were uniform in their official blue attire, in their weaponry, in their substantial bulk, and in the geometry of their shaved round heads Only the irregular protuberances of the cranium and varying vascular patterns beneath their bare scalps distinguished one officer from another This shorn uniformity, so often associated with the fascist, the mercenary, the convict, or the psychiatric inmate, seemed to confirm a fraternal order This is smart writing by a welcome new face on the American literary scene He is young, movie star handsome, and has that special gift with words that assures staying power Highly Recommended

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    It is truly very hard for me to write this opinion, because it s not a good one As it was an offer from the author and his first novel, it makes it even harder, and perhaps that is the reason I took so long to write it.After reading the first pages of the book I was fascinated, and thought This is going be great But then I just don t know what happen Instead of continuing the story line, it goes off to telling us so many unrelated side stories that I just lost track A tedious reading of It is truly very hard for me to write this opinion, because it s not a good one As it was an offer from the author and his first novel, it makes it even harder, and perhaps that is the reason I took so long to write it.After reading the first pages of the book I was fascinated, and thought This is going be great But then I just don t know what happen Instead of continuing the story line, it goes off to telling us so many unrelated side stories that I just lost track A tedious reading of many extras like sex and his many sexual adventures, or about musical instruments, that have nothing to do with the story and that messes up the story structure in a way that at some point I had forgot what it was all about It is obvious that the author knows a lot about music and musical instruments, and about all other stuff, but this does not mean that he has to write it all down in one bookAnd then the conclusion, the ending just off again I really don t know what happened with this book, because it s not a bad story, but all the timings seem to be wrong It s really a pitty because this author can definitely write, there s no doubt about that His writing is spot on Then how come, a good writer with a good story can write a bad book I really don t know, but I think is has to do with the sequence of the story telling, the structure of the book, the pace, and maybe having to much fillers that make the story boring and uninteresting, with none of the queue moments or twists a mystery novel should have Really dissapointing A book I don t reccomend to anyone.For the complete blog post about this book, please visit

  7. says:

    Seduction, mystery, murder I enjoyed reading this book, but I didn t love it I have to say the descriptions are quite well done, I could feel the emotions, the flavors, and the author took me to New York City I have never been there, but I could see each detail So, it was pretty amazing The writing is intriguing, but there are many unnecessary descriptions throughout the book why I didn t love it I could never imagine the end although the killer was one of the characters I thought it cou Seduction, mystery, murder I enjoyed reading this book, but I didn t love it I have to say the descriptions are quite well done, I could feel the emotions, the flavors, and the author took me to New York City I have never been there, but I could see each detail So, it was pretty amazing The writing is intriguing, but there are many unnecessary descriptions throughout the book why I didn t love it I could never imagine the end although the killer was one of the characters I thought it could be, I didn t figure out the motive for the murder until the end I couldn t stop reading I needed to know the end, which was unpredictable I believe if the publisher had cut some details out of the book that is great it would be excellent I have never read Joseph J Gabrielle, and I want to readJoseph, your book is fascinating You give us mystery, history, romance, and your writing sparks a desire to keep reading Congrats By the way, chapter XI makes my mouth water When I visit NYC, the Oyster Bar will be my first choice, for sure Brazilian Kisses

  8. says:

    Seductive and Compelling Dangerous Illusions, the first novel by Joseph J Gabriele, has a sensuous seductive pull that draws you into the story, slowly narrowing the fascinating cast of characters and suspects until you find you re furiously reading the last few pages to find out who and why I found myself mesmerized by these people and their lives and I sincerely hope the author see fit to createstories around some or all of these unique individuals.As a particular fan of noir, I Seductive and Compelling Dangerous Illusions, the first novel by Joseph J Gabriele, has a sensuous seductive pull that draws you into the story, slowly narrowing the fascinating cast of characters and suspects until you find you re furiously reading the last few pages to find out who and why I found myself mesmerized by these people and their lives and I sincerely hope the author see fit to createstories around some or all of these unique individuals.As a particular fan of noir, I found this novel to embodyof the atmosphere and language of that genre than novels that are actually billed as such New York City became its own character and I found myself wrapped in her embrace as I walked the streets along with the protagonist From the glitz and glamour of the upper echelon to the grimy underbelly lurking just beneath the surface, this story will take you on a ride you won t want to miss

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    A fascinating read filled with vivid and exciting characters that have their own eccentricities I loved the way that the mystery was developed, and all the complexities that surrounded the mystery of the murder Many crime books develop characters that are very predictable and behave in much the same way as in other books This is far from the case in Dangerous Illusions, and the characters that the author develops are truly unique, which makes the book eveninteresting to read and turns i A fascinating read filled with vivid and exciting characters that have their own eccentricities I loved the way that the mystery was developed, and all the complexities that surrounded the mystery of the murder Many crime books develop characters that are very predictable and behave in much the same way as in other books This is far from the case in Dangerous Illusions, and the characters that the author develops are truly unique, which makes the book eveninteresting to read and turns it into an in depth novel that goes beyond other novels in the genre.Although some people complain about it, I personally loved the level of description in Dangerous Illusions It added important character to the story and made the events seemrealistic and exciting

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    I ve read this book in two days, completely hooked by the story It s a mystery book but I agree with Barbara another reader, it sthan that the characters are great, with a real psychology and the atmosphere really amazing and vivid I liked the way the author introduced the characters and their constant evolution through the novel I learned a lot of things about drums, about music, about how you can be found guilty even if you re not and the way the author developed this point of view I ve read this book in two days, completely hooked by the story It s a mystery book but I agree with Barbara another reader, it sthan that the characters are great, with a real psychology and the atmosphere really amazing and vivid I liked the way the author introduced the characters and their constant evolution through the novel I learned a lot of things about drums, about music, about how you can be found guilty even if you re not and the way the author developed this point of view all along the story I like that nothing is predictable and I didn t find the murderer before the end, so for me it was a good mystery book and I ve really enjoyed my reading Un tr s bon roman, que je conseille tous ceux qui aiment le myst re et une bonne intrigue avec des personnages la psychologie travaill e J ai t compl tement happ e par l histoire et j ai lu ce livre en un week end C est un roman qui va bien au del d un simple policier gr ce une criture particuli rement vivante et nergique, des personnages vraiment int ressants et une intrigue compl tement ma tris e Je ne me suis pas ennuy e un seul moment, j ai appris plein de choses sur les percussions, sur la music et je me suis aussi souvent amus e la lecture de certaines sc nes, dont quelques unes plut t sexy qui d dramatisent un peu l ambiance du moment C est un livre plein de surprises et de rebondissements, chaque fois que je pensais avoir trouv le coupable un nouveau fait venait contredire mon raisonnement et j ai t compl tement bluff e jusqu au bout de l histoire J ai vraiment appr ci les personnages, que ce soit les personnages principaux ou secondaires, c est une vraie galerie de portraits que nous pr sente l auteur avec une pr f rence pour toutes les femmes qui gravitent autour du personnage principal Une tr s bonne lecture que je conseille vraiment Le seul point n gatif, la couverture qui ne repr sente pas du tout le propos du livre et qui donne penser que l on est dans une histoire de femme kidnapp e et d tenue dans le noir ce qui n a rien voir avec le roman Mais c est peut tre une couverture provisoire

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