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 sees fit to create more stories around some or all of these unique individuals.
As a particular fan of noir, I found this novel to embody more of 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. – Donna Thompson, Book Reviewer
Couldn't Put it Down!
This book is so much more than 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 much more than a murder; it’s about the world we live in now. – Barbara, ALA Librarian
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