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Dangerous Illusions by [Gabriele, Joseph J.]
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"NOT SINCE DASHIELL HAMMETT'S MALTESE FALCON HAS AN OBJECT OF DESIRE CAUSED SO MUCH TROUBLE!"—Craigie Zildjian

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 theft.

Though 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 target.

Irreverent, 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.

˃˃˃ ADVANCE PRAISE FROM READERS, BOOK REVIEWERS, AND LIBRARIANS

“Like all of the best crime fiction, this is about so much more than a murder; it’s about the world we live in now.”—Barbara Dey, ALA Librarian

“Joseph J. Gabriele debuts as an author with a literate, sophisticated and enthralling mystery novel Dangerous Illusions.”—Grady Harp, Vine Voice

“This might be one of the best additions to the crime drama or thriller noir genre in many years. There is a reason the reviews have been so glowing about this book; it has everything from rich character development to white-knuckle moments of tension. What a wonderfully addictive book.”—Veritas Vincit

“A beautifully written mystery filled with suspense and intrigue. . . . A rare gem in a genre where it is sure to stand out.”—Lizzie Andrews

“If you enjoy reading crime fiction, you'll be caught in the web of this novel like a masochistic fly.”—Paul Woodland

“Sleek and stylish. . . . Dangerous Illusions is noir at its best.”—Artimatic

“This novel by Joseph Gabriele is a masterful first work, written in a superb, descriptive style, which never loses the reader's attention. . . . I thoroughly recommend Dangerous Illusions to all those who enjoy a good thriller.”—H.Y. Taylor

“A fascinating read filled with vivid and exciting characters. . . .”—Cassandra Greenfield

Dangerous Illusions is author Joseph J. Gabriele's first work of fiction, though you could never tell. His experience at a number of leading New York trade publishers has clearly paid off in this rather well-written, intriguing and unique murder-mystery thriller. . . . Definitely recommended.”—Thalia

“On an academic level, this book is written almost to a level of perfection that can be compared with the greats in thriller writing. Gabriele has crafted a story that is intelligent, ingenious, and memorable. It is book I'm sure to re-read.”—Kirstein Howell, Vine Voice

“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. . . . this story will take you on a ride you won’t want to miss.”—Donna Thompson

“A top-notch murder mystery. . . . The story is intense, captivating and believable.”—Khamneithang Vaiphei

“Sexy and spellbinding this well-developed mystery hooks you in fast and the four-on-the-floor pace will keep you turning pages faster than a Buddy Rich drum solo.”—Heather Smith


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1427 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Atreus Books (9 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GVGJWLA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By Blogger Jerome TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
Dangerous Illusions by Joseph J. Gabriele is a differently crafted story which is beyond the realm of crime and mystery. As a debutant novelist, Joseph J. Gabriele is refreshingly different, and offers the reader a totally different take on crime and mystery through expressive writing which is a rarity in this genre. This will be a great delight and surprise to many readers.

The story is intense, captivating and believable, and the characters are fascinating. It is a well-written story with unexpected twists and turns which has the strength to pull you in. Though the story revolves around a murder mystery, Joseph J. Gabriele has the courage to paint a stark picture of the world we live in today through Dangerous Illusions. Try it out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Mystery in NYC, Almost a Genre To Itself 20 February 2014
By Douglas C. Meeks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Personally, I like direct writing. I don't like feeling like I need a dictionary in hand wondering what a word means. Not a bad thing it's just tiring, but that doesn't mean that it isn't well written.

This is a murder mystery in NYC and as the title of the review says it has almost become a genre into itself. The murder mystery was top notch but the writing was excruciatingly detailed the pages of descriptions of food, clothes, restaurants that had zero to do with the plot just makes this a ponderous reading experience to get to the meat of the story.

I now have more knowledge of drums than I ever hoped to acquire, so let me say this and keep this review short.

It was a really good mystery, it was bogged down by overly detailed descriptions that added nothing to the plot but when you finish it you do not feel like you have wasted the time reading it. It was entertaining in the end and perhaps a bit abrupt ending considering the detailed story.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Murder? Yes. Murder mystery? No. History of drums? Yes. 21 February 2014
By William D. Curnutt - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed with the direction of Gabriele's first novel. It starts out with a murder of a former diplomat at the home of a wealthy author and publisher. Sexton writes economic books, sort of a dry subject for most. But he is also an expert on drums, a fun topic for certain musicians.

Enter Detective Graelik, one of the NYPD's best, yeah, not really. This police detective is one of the worst I have ever read about. He never looked into the murder. He instead looked into the theft of a set of priceless drums that happened at the same time.

You would think that the murder of a former U.S. Diplomat would bring in the FBI or some other Federal Agency. It for sure should get the attention of the NYPD. But no, Detective Graelik is more concerned with the loss of drums, the sex life of Sexton, the wealth of those involved and many other mundane things.

The book hardly ever returns to the murder of the diplomat until the end. Instead it takes us through a history of drums. It takes us through what different drum sets are. It takes us through who the best drummers were. And, it takes us through the whims of a neurotic millionaire sister-in-law of the dead diplomat.

Why not solve the murder? Instead we read mundane trivia about a police detective, lost drums and the shattered lives of over indulgent people.

Sorry, I didn't get it. Should have called it a book about the history of drums instead of a book about a murder mystery.

The writing was over indulgent. It went on and on and on (almost like my review) to the point where you are sick of reading and just push through to the next chapter hopeful that we will return to the murder mystery.

Well, sorry, I just didn't like it. I doubt I will be inclined to read another novel by Gabriele.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine read - with a twist 22 April 2014
By BigDrumDaddy - Published on Amazon.com
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Gabrielle's DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS was recommended to me be Classic Drummer Magazine, who'd done a brief review on it - the subject of "those drums" being the hook. And while I admit to buying it with no idea what to expect, I came away pleasantly surprised. I found a solidly-formed novel, with well-rounded characters, and gobs of history re: New York City architecture - as well as a confounding murder mystery with "those drums" as the hook. The writer also showed his knowledge - or research abilities - in describing historical aspects of Ludwig drums, past & present, which I found highly enlightening. It's nit often an author knows - or takes the time to get to know - his subject matter so thoroughly. And for that I am grateful.
All in all a fine read - though it ended a bit abruptly, perhaps, for my tastes. And "those drums" that belonged to . . . . we're treated with the dignity and respect they deserved.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Illusions: A Novel of Murder, Theft & Betrayal by Joseph J. Gabriele 4 March 2014
By Jackie Paulson hair stylist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you love a mystery then you will love Dangerous Illusions: A Novel of Murder, Theft & Betrayal by Joseph J. Gabriele. I loved the suspense and when someone is murdered and it happens in New York City. Gabriele will give you an intellectual challenge to keep you busy on a rainy day. If you ever watched the series 24 on television then you will want to read this book because you will want to know what happens next and keep turning the pages. Just when you think you have figured out the murder a nice twist shines light onto the characters and storyline to keep you drawn into the mystery. The book cover is well designed as well as the writing style of this first book by Joseph J. Gabriele. If you like a great crime story that involves investigations then this is a great book to add to your collection of reads!
© 2014 Jackie Paulson
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Illusions 16 February 2014
By LA Howell - Published on Amazon.com
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Dangerous Illusions by Joseph J. Gabriele is a 268 page murder mystery written in first person, present tense. It includes a poem, forty chapters, no titles just numbers, and an author bio at the end. The first letter of the first word for new chapters and also in random paragraphs (at least for my kindle) was misaligned and covered over the sentence below it.

The story opens during a party at Eliot Sexton’s Park Avenue apartment where a theft and the murder of Eugene Livingston, the Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, occurs. Deceit and betrayal hampers the investigation. In my opinion, Gabriele indulged big-time with the description. Some paragraphs went on at length that had absolutely nothing to do with moving the story forward. I ended up skipping many of those. You could probably cut the book by at least seventy-five pages and it would read much better.
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