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A Dangerous Man [Kindle Edition]

Anne Brooke
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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"I loved it, the story had me gripped. Everyone go out and buy this book!" --Paul Burston, Gay & Lesbian section editor, Time Out

To say 'A Dangerous Man' is different is an understatement. Anne Brooke has delved into the minds, lives and loves of gay men with considerable style. The plot is dark and unsettling and leads inevitably to murder. I was hooked from the first page and I wasn't allowed off that hook until the end. --Lesley Horton (author)

"An extremely good book and one that has haunted me since I finished it ... Written with a seemingly effortless grace and style ... It is testament to Anne Brooke's mastery of her craft, and her readability, that she makes it all seem so, so easy" --HagsHarlotsHeroins.com

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Michael Jones, a young gay artist and part-time prostitute, will do anything to stage his first exhibition. When he falls in love with rich financier, Jack Hutchinson, he seems set to achieve his goal. But as Michael becomes caught between the unforgiving territory of smoky-bar Hackney and the green-garden luxury of upper-class London, the intense mindscape of a man obsessed with his dreams is revealed as he attempts to free himself from his past.


When a net of antagonistic relationships and inner battles encroaches upon him, the consequences of Michael's uncompromising pursuit emerge in tragedy, leaving him having to fight for all he holds dear, and in the only way he knows how.


Genres: Gay / Suspense / Thriller / The Arts / Exhibitionism / Public Places


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611248604
  • Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (3 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FMHJJL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #532,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK. She is a multi-published author in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme.

When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds. Occasionally, she can also be found in the kitchen making cakes. Every now and again, they are edible.

Her websites can be found at: www.annebrooke.com, www.gayreads.co.uk, www.biblicalfiction.co.uk and www.gathandria.com (for fantasy fiction).

She has a Facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/annebrookebooks

She is also on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnneBrookeBooks

Reviews:

"Every single character here is unique. I couldn't stop thinking while reading this story that each and every one of them pulses with life." (MM Good Book Reviews on Maloney's Law)

"a flawlessly written, beautiful yet haunting story, at times gritty, dark and intense" (Queer Magazine Online on A Dangerous Man)

"an exceptionally well written and thrilling mystery novel. This novel grabbed a hold of me almost immediately and would not let go." (Romance Junkies Reviews on The Bones of Summer)

"a slow burning mystery woven into the ordinary lives of a close-knit group of friends. This is a great choice for readers who prefer to get to know characters well before the plot heats up. The payoff at the end is well worth the initial emotional investment." (Long and Short Reviews about Thorn in The Flesh)

"a great, laid back story with many twists to keep you laughing. The fast paced flow of the wacky story was undeniably fun. I say that if on a rainy day or just when you need to laugh in a 'The Birdcage' feel, this book is for you." (Dark Diva Reviews on Pink Champagne and Apple Juice)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book 10 April 2007
Format:Paperback
I read this book in two sittings. My first thoughts were God! I wish I felt as passionate about anything as Michael does about his art....'Fingers,hand, pencil even thought are one...as the glow burns...explodes like a shock of water'. The whole time I was thinking this is how a writer feels, an artist feels..For me he became a man obsessed with his need to understand and to try to express the dichotomy existing within him. To understand how to make sense of existing in an alien external world full of darkness and acute, cutting edges so at odds with his gentler sensuous vulnerable interior life. Jack, the urbane, the sophisticated, symbolised all he aspired to. As I read on I felt this was the nub of the real tragedy, a man torn between two such potent desires and that there wasn't going to be an easy answer .But I was totally unprepared for the final part. This novel reaches the height of true tragedy. I couldn't bear Michael to destroy the man he loved, the gentle, the sensuous, loving part of himself. I found it more grievous to bear than anything I've ever read, at least Othello was torn by motives of jealousy. But the final pages of ADM revealed the horrific dilemma of a young man programmed by his abusive background and in the last resort unable to escape it. I wept for Michael, I wept for the pity of it all. This is a far greater book than the much acclaimed 'Line of Beauty' which lacks the driving energy of your theme. It just has to do well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is the dangerous man? 30 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
"Want to swap books?" Anne Brooke asked me last week. "Okay then," I thought, "We both write on the dark side, so why not?" But I swore I wouldn't let it interfere with my other reviewing duties. After all, I had five other books in the queue. And then I read the first page ... Some time later my husband was nudging me but I managed to wave him off and kept turning the pages.

Michael is a struggling artist in Hackney, just starting out and supplementing his income with a little bit of prostitution. He is desperate to be taken seriously as an artist and he eventually gets a commission to provide a city firm with some artwork, which is where he meets Jack: a handsome, if reserved, businessman. This part of the novel is incredibly erotically charged, and as readers and writers alike generally agree, `Sex is bloody difficult to write,' so hats off to Anne Brooke. Jack and Michael get it on, and get together, which is where things begin to go wrong...

The middle section of the novel slows in pace and becomes much darker. Michael continues to draw (and think) in shades of grey, and continues to do things that he regrets. Jack, however, is still sailing through life. He has a loving, wealthy family behind him, whereas Michael has only his wiles and a handful of tricks...excusing the pun.

There are detailed descriptions of the drawing process, and the parallels between writing and drawing are obvious: the rejection, the self-belief (and lack of), the doubt of others, the manic creative flow.

As I read A Dangerous Man I kept asking myself `Who is the dangerous man here? Is it the difficult (but refreshingly true to himself) Michael, or is it the figure of capitalism, Jack?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 16 May 2007
Format:Paperback
I just finished A Dangerous Man by Anne Brooke and now I am more than ready to pick her brain about how she came to create this truly engrossing character study/crime novel. The narrator is Michael, a young, apparently very attractive artist and sometimes hustler. His oeuvre is drawing in only pencil and charcoal - he has an aversion to paints and colors for reasons that are revealed later on. We come to learn that drawing is literally a necessity for him as his deepest, truest feelings can only be released on paper with the pencil and charcoal. In the course of trying to further his artistic career, Michael falls in love with Jack, an older but equally attractive businessman/art patron and it changes both of their lives forever. I don't want to get into much more detail here except to say that the story is very intense and descriptive, at times euphoric, violent, brutal, and always fascinating, and basically a damn good read. Anne has done such an amazing job with creating a fully three-dimensional character in the person of Michael Jones. Love him or hate him, you can't help but become interested in him, his life and how he came to be the way he is. His voice is so strong and clear like every good narrator's should be. The other main characters are equally well-developed (especially Jack) but it is Michael who really jumps off the page and captures the reader's imagination. Bravo, Anne! You've done a great job here and I look forward to reading your next book, Pink Champagne and Apple Juice (and while I am at it, you can find further info at [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and disturbing (in a good way) 8 April 2007
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Format:Paperback
I enjoyed it. Let me say that at the first. It's well written by someone who obviously knows how to write, who knows how to use the language to describe place with what seems an effortless grace so you always have a sense of your surrounding, whether it be a seedy bar in Hackney, or a graceful house in Islington. You can smell the leather, feel the heavy crystal, feel the grit under your shoes.

Michael (don't call me Mikey) is an artist, struggling to make ends meet, and is not averse to a little part time prostitution to help those ends meet. He lives with Joe and Paul, Joe owns a gallery but won't hang his paintings - Paul knocks money off the rent for a little sexual action. Then one day Michael gets the chance of a commission in a City firm and falls head over heels in love with Jack, his potential new patron.

And this is where it all kicks off. The plot moves swiftly on from this point, never leaving the reader bored. It's a first person novel, but although Michael does spend a lot of time in introspection its rarely repetitive, not over angsty, and gradually as the book moves on and Michael is "forced" from one postion to another, you slowly get the feel that all is not quite well with Michael and the title becomes clear. The choice of first person for this book is very clever, because you don't really get into Michael's head at all- and that's because he doesn't even allow himelf in there.

Characterisation: Each character is well done, and it's interesting from my point of view that the one character that we don't actually get a full picture of is Paul, but that's probably because Michael has no interest in describing him more fully for us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a love story.
This is an excellent book about a troubled young man who wanted to show
how good an artist he was . Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A dark story
Michael is an artist who suffered a traumatic childhood. His drawing partly helps him to deal with severe mental health problems. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book now
Anne Brooke's novel of the collision of art and money, ambition and power, grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2009 by Ms. D. Ilott
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves better recognition
I love reading (and writing) cross-genre stories and here, Anne Brooke excels. There's an underlying tension that permeates the book reminiscent of a thriller, even though the... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2008 by Aonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Study of obsession
As another reviewer has mentioned, this is a very unsettling book. Michael is enthralled by his art. He had an abusive upbringing and is constantly trying to escape from it. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2007 by Damaskcat
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and dangerous book
From the moment of entering this twilight world, as portrayed on the cover of A Dangerous Man, we are drawn into the dark and obsessive thoughts of author, Anne Brooke's gay... Read more
Published on 27 April 2007 by Minijax
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'art' of darkness
I thought the novel was suspenseful, unsettling and well paced and took me into a world that is totally alien to me; that of gay men and the art world. Read more
Published on 5 April 2007 by Addicted to Amazon!
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