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 ILLUSIONS is a weeklong polyrhythmic journey into contemporary New York that will keep readers guessing right up to its thrilling conclusion.
ADVANCE PRAISE FROM READERS, BOOK REVIEWERS, AND LIBRARIANS
“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 Dey, ALA Librarian
“Joseph J. Gabriele debuts as an author with a literate, sophisticated and enthralling mystery novel Dangerous Illusions.”—Grady Harp, Vine Voice
“This might be one of the best additions to the crime drama or thriller noir genre in many years. There is a reason the reviews have been so glowing about this book; it has everything from rich character development to white-knuckle moments of tension. What a wonderfully addictive book.”—Veritas Vincit
“A beautifully written mystery filled with suspense and intrigue. . . . A rare gem in a genre where it is sure to stand out.”—Lizzie Andrews
“If you enjoy reading crime fiction, you'll be caught in the web of this novel like a masochistic fly.”—Paul Woodland
“Sleek and stylish. . . . Dangerous Illusions is noir at its best.”—Artimatic
“This novel by Joseph Gabriele is a masterful first work, written in a superb, descriptive style, which never loses the reader's attention. . . . I thoroughly recommend Dangerous Illusions to all those who enjoy a good thriller.”—H.Y. Taylor
“A fascinating read filled with vivid and exciting characters. . . .”—Cassandra Greenfield
“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. . . . Definitely recommended.”—Thalia
“On an academic level, this book is written almost to a level of perfection that can be compared with the greats in thriller writing. Gabriele has crafted a story that is intelligent, ingenious, and memorable. It is book I'm sure to re-read.”—Kirstein Howell, Vine Voice
“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. . . . this story will take you on a ride you won’t want to miss.”—Donna Thompson
“A top-notch murder mystery. . . . The story is intense, captivating and believable.”—Khamneithang Vaiphei
“Sexy and spellbinding this well-developed mystery hooks you in fast and the four-on-the-floor pace will keep you turning pages faster than a Buddy Rich drum solo.”—Heather Smith
Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …
Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.
Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life …
A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.
What everyone is saying about Louise Jensen:
‘I was gripped to The Sister from the first page until the very end. I thought I had it all worked out until I was proven sooo wrong.’ Robert Bryndza
‘I could not put this book down. I neglected all the house work and put off cooking dinner until I was finished … I loved every page.’ Renee Reads
‘My eyes were racing down the pages … had me guessing right up to the very end and I had tears in my eyes as I relived Charlie's last moments … exceptional … It's an addictive page-turner that begs time and again for just one more chapter until the whole book has been devoured and thoroughly enjoyed.’ The Book Magnet
‘Wow! What an amazing debut novel! Full of intense twists! Fantastic book to start off summer reading! Highly recommend.’ Loud and Proud Book Junkie
‘I loved this book, it grabbed me right from the beginning … it got under my skin, I felt intimately close to Grace and was rooting for her all the way … compelling and scary and unputdownable.’ Beady Jans Books
‘I genuinely struggled to put this book down … I can't recommend this book enough, it's made it to my favourites ... I can't wait for more books to come from Louise Jensen … A well-deserved five stars from me.’ Emporio Epidemic
‘I couldn't put my Kindle down until I had answers!! … I wasn't sure which characters to trust and which to not trust …!’ Steph and Chris’ Book Review
‘As the skillfully woven web of lies and deceit starts to untangle the author throws in a massive twist that I certainly didn't see coming … a definite must read for all psychological thriller fans and it's one of those books that deserves to be talked about.’ The Haphazardous Hippo
‘One of those books that you can't stop thinking about even when you're not reading it!! ... the tension never seems to drop for one second! … an absolute treat, albeit a scary one, to read!! Highly recommended!!’ Books and Me!
‘Just as I thought the story was wrapping up BANG! I was hit again with another twist. Brilliant! It is chilling and sinister and yet heart-breaking and tragic, and I felt really emotional on finishing it … I can’t wait to read more by Louise.’ Bloomin Brilliant Books
‘OMG I love this ... one corker of a psychological thriller which which ticked all the boxes for me giving it an easy 5 stars’ Chelle’s Book Reviews
‘Hooked from the first page till the end ... A gripping tale for fans of I Let You Go and The Girl on the Train. A must read.’ Berlitz Chile
‘I was left gaping … You cannot help but speed read through this novel. You have to know what happens and with each page a new idea or theory springs to mind. Nothing compares to the way it turns out.’ Aloha Reviews
‘I was hooked on the story from the word go ... I took special care in making sure my doors and windows were tightly locked before going to bed, I’ll tell you that for nothing!’ Hollie in Wanderlust
The brutally beaten body of a young girl is discovered in a marsh in Jamesport, one of New York’s most elite suburbs. Police comb the area, while many speculate her murder might be connected to the abduction, six months earlier, of three girls from Jamesport. The FBI has evidence of an underage prostitution and trafficking ring which may be related.
At the request of the FBI, Billy Dee, captain of the Ninth Precinct in the Bronx, head of its Sex Crimes Unit, sends two of his most seasoned detectives to Jamesport to conduct their own investigation: Bella de Franco and Jimmy “Mack” Menendez. They are sent north, back into the land of the beautiful.
Between local politics, fractured families, a heroin epidemic and a dark secret that the wealthy town strives to keep hidden, the unspeakably dark and twisted reality lurking behind Jamesport life is uncovered. As they learn that everything is not what it seems in this wealthy suburb, Bella and Mack must race against the clock to save one last girl before she is sold across state lines, where she will vanish forever.
Book #3 in the Suburban Murder series will be released soon!