Saturday, January 20, 2018

Dangerous Illusions - Joseph J. Gabriele

Linked by...

This is a first link. It was not mentioned in any book we read, but  won in a Goodreads Giveaway, on May 2014.

I was very happy to win this book and eager to read it, for it is a mystery novel, a genre I particulary like. This edition looks great, except for the photo of the naked woman on the cover, that ruins it a bit. I hope it provides many interesting links for us to discover.

Linked synopsis...

"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 Illusionsis a weeklong polyrhythmic journey into contemporary New York that will keep readers guessing right up to its thrilling conclusion."

Linked opinion... 

It is truly very hard for me to write this opinion, because it´s not a good one. As it was an offer from the author and his first novel, it makes it even harder, and perhaps that is the reason I took so long to write it.

After reading the first pages of the book I was fascinated, and thought: "This is going be great!". But then I just don´t know what happen. Instead of continuing the story line, it goes off to telling us so many unrelated side stories that I just lost track. A tedious reading of many extras like sex and his many sexual adventures, or about musical instruments, that have nothing to do with the story and that messes up the story structure in a way that at some point I had forgot what it was all about. It is obvious that the author knows a lot about music and musical instruments, and about all other stuff,  but this does not mean that he has to write it all down in one book...

And then the conclusion, the ending... just off again. I really don´t know what happened with this book, because it´s not a bad story, but all the timings seem to be wrong. It´s really a pitty because this author can definitely write, there´s no doubt about that. His writing is spot on. Then how come, a good writer with a good story can write a bad book? I really don´t know, but I think is has to do with the sequence of the story telling, the structure of the book, the pace, and maybe having to much "fillers" that make the story boring and uninteresting, with none of the queue moments or twists a mystery novel should have. Really dissapointing. A book I don´t reccomend to anyone.

Linked books...

Mark Twain´s Letters From Hawaii - Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens - Mark Twain´s real name -  was mentioned, and this book was chosen to represent this reference, because it was already on our blog´s "to be read" list)

North´s Translation of Plutarch´s Life of Julius Caeser  - Plutarch (the author named a book "North´s Plutarch", and I chose this North´s translation of the life of Julius Caeser by Plutarch to represent this reference, as it was available on the site Book Depository

Linked poem...

The World Is Too Much With Us

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune,
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn. 

Linked people...

Thomas Jefferson
George Barbier
Cooper Union
(East Village, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
Park Avenue
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
John Jay Park
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)

(Upper East Side, New York, U.S.A.)
Brooklyn Heights
(New York, U.S.A.)
Madison Avenue
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
72nd Street
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
York Avenue
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
Brooklyn Bridge
(New York, U.S.A.)
FDR Drive
(New York, U.S.A.)
(Sicily, Italy)
(Sicily, Italy)
Peking Universtity
Winthrop House 
(Cambridge, Massachussets)
Pearl Street
 (Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
Varick Street
 (Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
Myles Standish Hall 
(Boston University, Massachussetts, U.S.A.)

Murray Hill
 (Manhattan, New York, U.S.A)
(Queens, New York, U.S.A)
Queens Midtown Tunnel
 (New York, U.S.A.)
Haughtwout Building 
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
Savoy Ballroom
(New York, U.S.A.)
St. John´s Wood
New York Public Library
(New York, U.S.A.)
Bryant Park
(New York, U.S.A.)
Riverside Drive
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
Lennox Hill
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
Carnegie Hill
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
FDR Drive
(New York, U.S.A.)
Carl Schurz Park
(Yorkville, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
(Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.)
Roosevelt Island
(New York, U.S.A.)
Triborough Bridge
(New York, U.S.A.)
Gracie Mansion
(New York, U.S.A.)

Linked musical bands...

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Linked musical instruments...

Japanese Taiko
Persian Daf
Moroccan Bendir
Irish Bodhrán
Indian Kanjira
Avedis Zildjian Cymbals
Indian Tabla
Chinese Dagu

Linked newspapers and magazines...

The Economist
New York Post
Daily News

Linked historical events...

War of Independence (U.S.A.)
Andrew Jackson´s Bank War
War of 1812

Linked conventions and comissions...

Knapp Comission
2nd Continental Congress
1st Continental Congress

Linked companies...

Royal African Company

Linked flora...

(alizarin was mentioned, which is a red pigment present in madder root, used in dyeing)

Linked sport events...

New York City Marathon

Linked brands...

Noble & Cooley Drums
boon - a thing that is helpful or beneficial.
bristles - a short, stiff hair on an animal´s skin or a man´s face.
churlish - rude in a mean-spirited and surly way.
exertion - physical or mental effort.
lewd - crude and offensive in a sexual way.
ostinato - a continually repeated musical phrase or rythm.
surly - bad-tempered and unfriendly.
waned - [state or felling] decrease in vigour or extent; become weaker.  

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