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- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Atreus Books (February 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GVGJWLA
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What Gabriele has in common with these fine authors is a fine eye for detail, and the ability to write very well. However, this book was a little too strange for me, whether it was because it was a world of the elite I found a bit bizarre, or the strange details the author puts on drums.
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.
Nine times out of ten, I can guess who-done-it, but Dangerous Illusions had me mystified right up to the surprising end.
The main character Eliot remains impenetrable and unrattled throughout the story. Leaving the reader to wonder about what lies beneath the solid exterior - and hoping to get to know him better.
The most beautiful character is the city itself. This author writes about New York City with the eye and detail of a smitten lover. Whether it was a walk to Grand Cental Station, or a building in Soho, the description was so complete that I was absolutley standing next to the mysterious Eliot or the dispicable Detective Garelik.
The only negative to Dangeous Illusions was that the end came to soon. I was left wondering what Eliot did with the information the murderer gave him. Hopefully, this means a second book is in the works!
Gabriele offers us many insightful often unusual descriptive details about things and events often in a clever and humorous way. He reminds me of many famous writers whose early books were not sparse, but who later developed the practice of writing clearly, forcefully, and to the point. I enjoyed the tale and how it developed despite some over-writing; and as I wrote, it made me think he has a good chance of becoming a very good writer.
I will give one example. He takes a couple of pages to describe the attack by two police dogs against a woman who was wearing a fox-head scarf, while the police officers looked on without acting. The story was not relevant to the plot, but it was composed in a fascinating manner, so much so that I thought about it even several days after reading it.
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.
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