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Dangerous Illusions by [Gabriele, Joseph J.]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1427 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Atreus Books (9 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GVGJWLA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #905,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I can honestly say that I don’t like the noir genre and although this book is listed as a mystery & thriller it has noir elements – incompetent and corrupt cops, femme fetales, high society, a dark underbelly just below the surface, and the ubiquitous hero who in this case is also a victim and the narrator who reveals the plot oh so gradually.

For a first time novelist this author had produced a fairly gripping book. The characters are well formed and unique. The writing is also good but on the whole the novel is let down by the fact that the murder is not investigated to its fullest being mentioned briefly and then returned to at the end of the novel in a rather rushed ending leaving too many unanswered questions and loose ends.

Plus the author does tend to stop the action for pages long descriptions of rooms and musical instruments, reminiscent of HG Wells. Yes I can understand scene setting but the depth to which this author went describing a drum shop was excruciating and then the music room – we all get that you know your drums, the protagonist is writing a book about it, that should be enough said. We don’t need to know the ins and outs of which symbol was how old or which drum had which cover and in what colour! (The author clearly knows about drums (and music) but does he have to prove it to the reader?) These lengthy descriptions add nothing to the plot, take up the readers’ time and detract from any suspense that has already been established.

That said I continued with this novel as I am a compulsive book finisher but I did start skimming some of these descriptions. There were many twists and turns in this novel but something felt off – possibly the fact that I didn’t like the noir genre.
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This novel is about a murder that happens right in the middle of an upper-class Manhattan dinner party.

Eliot is the author of a couple of well-regarded books on economics. He lives in a fancy apartment building, with a doorman, and actual elevator operators. During the dinner party, Eugene, a member of the Mayor's administration and a former diplomat, is found dead in Eliot's office. An extremely valuable set of drums is missing (Eliot is working on writing a history of drums). Detective Garielik of the NYPD is a no-nonsense type who is convinced that everyone is guilty (not all at the same time). He asks very pointed questions of everyone involved, including the staff of the apartment building.

Charles is related to Eugene. His wife, Kate, is a lawyer and an overbearing you-know-what who loudly proclaims her anger at not being named executrix of Eugene's will, and at learning that she will get little or nothing of Eugene's considerable assets. Blair is a beautiful woman with several years of government service. She is in New York working for a jerk of a boss, and has developed a major drinking problem. There are a couple of other loveless marriages going on. A couple of times, Detective Garielik thinks that he has found the drums (they are much too valuable to go through the local pawn shop), but Eliot takes one look at them and says No.

As a murder mystery, this book does not work. The was no feeling of needing to keep reading to find out whodunit. It works better, but not much better, as a book about members of Manhattan's upper class. The reader will certainly learn more than they ever wanted to know about drums. Personally, the last quarter of the book, aside from the revelation of the killer (and thief) is the best part of the book. Ultimately, this book is not worth the time.
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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.

The thing I liked most about Gabriele's style was that he really gave nothing away until the very end. The story was written at a very clever pace - slow enough to build tension and interest but not so much so as to risk losing the reader's attention. Because of this, I found it extremely difficult to put the book down at any given point, much too eager to piece the pieces of the puzzle together and unravel the mystery, happily immersed within the pages of the story.

However when, towards the end, Gabriele's story reached it's climax, everything was revealed in particularly quick succession (particularly in comparison with the slow build-up) and this unsettled me a bit. Although the ending in itself was a satisfying conclusion to its preceding events, I felt that it might have been more effective had it been extended somewhat, perhaps revealed piece by piece somehow.

This book will particularly appeal to those readers who enjoy a good murder-mystery, shrouded by just enough question marks to keep the story tight, enticing and realistic. A murder-mystery fan myself, I've purposely given little away in terms of the plot behind this story, but I can assure you you'll much prefer uncovering it for yourself.

Definitely recommended, particularly given its fantastic kindle price. Were the author more well-known, I'm sure we'd be paying a lot more for a novel of this calibre.
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