The Gabriel’s World Series
Synopsis of the Series
Gabriel’s World is a Mystery/Thriller/LGBTQ+ fiction project featuring Gabriel Ross, a gay private investigator, and Joel McFadden, a bisexual artist, set in New York City.
Please Note: The stories feature mature, adult themes and contain adult content including violence, strong language, sexual situations, and sexual violence.
The Series in General
Gabriel’s World features 37 year-old New York City private investigator Gabriel Ross–strong, ethical, gay, intelligent, Buddhist. Also featured is Joel McFadden–fiery, beautiful, brilliantly talented bisexual artist. The series concerns Gabriel’s cases and his relationships with his friends, and with Joel. Gabriel and Joel were formerly involved, and they have become close again; in the first two books the question of what their true relationship is a major part of the story. Underlying Gabriel’s life is his cases–he’s passionate about his work helping people, and often becomes too deeply involved in his cases.
The Gabriel’s World Books are: The Hanged Man, Two-Faced Woman, The Book of Joel, Dead for Now. Each book has a different style and feel to it, as the series progresses. The Hanged Man introduces the characters, and is more a conventional mystery/thriller. Two-Faced Woman has more of the personal lives of the main characters as part of the plot, and has a more slightly surreal element, as dreams and spirituality figure prominently in Gabriel’s mind. The Book of Joel follows the mystery/personal part of Two-Faced Woman, but has a new element of trips into the past for the characters. Dead for Now is a taut story of suspense.
Short descriptions of the books are below. The series is best enjoyed read in sequence, but can be enjoyed read individually. Gabriel’s World now has recaps of the book chapters as a reader extra.
The Hanged Man
What Would You Sacrifice to do the Right Thing?
This is the elemental question Gabriel faces in the first novel. After seeing Gabriel confront a bigot in a controversial viral video, attorney Raymond Booth wants to hire him to probe a disturbing incident at Raymond’s charitable foundation. As Gabriel is otherwise publicly scorned and losing clients, he’s keen to take on Raymond’s case. But then Raymond disappears. Raymond’s sister Toni hires Gabriel to find the missing man. Gabriel turns up evidence of abduction–and then Raymond turns up dead.
Gabriel’s obsession with the case pulls him into the mystery Raymond wanted him to solve. He begins unraveling a sinister secret connected to the foundation-a cabal tracing back to the origins of Nazism. Gabriel endeavors to uncover the conspiracy of Raymond’s murder without losing his license, freedom, or life.
Gabriel also has new developments in his personal life. He meets Alex Shenoy Barclay, a hotshot reporter with the New York Herald Standard, who helps him with the investigation and they begin a passionate relationship. But complications arise when Gabriel’s former boyfriend Joel returns to help him–and to resurrect the powerful bond between them. Read the first chapter here.
Who Will Catch You When You’re Falling?
Gabriel is the one falling metaphorically and for real in this second novel with a theme of duality. As he takes on dangerous cases for two extraordinary women, he must find out who he can depend on, how he can save himself, and how he must help others. Two-Faced Woman is centered on duality: Gabriel and Joel’s new client is Sophie Faulkner, falsely accused of murder; she shares her body with another self, Edward. With Edward’s help, Gabriel and Joel begin to unravel what murder victim Leonard Mathers was trying to expose, and who was willing to kill to stop him.
Gabriel is also handling a difficult situation for Joel’s friend Geneva Lennon. Geneva is a transgender woman who has discovered that her birth certificate isn’t actually hers. Gabriel and Joel must find out who she really is, and in the process uncover the truth of a shocking crime involving Geneva’s birth. Meanwhile, Gabriel is suffering from the trauma of the previous summer’s events, and is desperate to reconnect with his spirituality. Gabriel is still involved with Alex–and clashing with him over Gabriel’s work. Gabriel’s reliance on Joel’s support is complicated by Joel forcing Gabriel to confront the feelings between them. Gabriel and Joel are targeted by two extremely dangerous men, risking their lives in a face off against a shocking level of brutality. Read the Prelude here.
The Book of Joel
If the Past Doesn’t Kill You, The Present Will
How the past shapes us and confronts us is the theme in this third book in the series. Gabriel is handling some interesting results of the events in Two-Faced Woman, and the new nature of his relationship with Joel. For Joel, his burgeoning success as an artist is shadowed by his parents resurfacing in his life. Gabriel and Joel begin to investigate Joel’s father, who appears to be involved in a corruption scheme. A shocking turn of events follows that reverses Gabriel and Joel’s roles. They are pitted against a notorious New Jersey killer for hire, and the man who first abused Joel. In this story, Joel’s excursion into his past underlies the current investigation. He might be reaching for exorcism of the demons that have haunted him since he was thrown out at 15, or he might be about to fatally collide with evil. Read the Prelude and Chapter One here.
Dead For Now
It’s Time to be Paranoid
Brilliant and provocative NYC private investigator Gabriel Ross has a feeling he’s being watched. His paranoia is justified–a rogue faction from the sinister Tertullian Society is stalking him. Damon Clement, psyops master, has dangerous plans for Gabriel. Gabriel tries to protect his friend and business partner Veronica and his boyfriend Joel, while still secretly exposing the Society’s misdeeds. His work in uncovering the conspiracy has sparked a viral protest movement which agitates for answers even as Gabriel and the Society head toward a final confrontation. Read the Prelude and Chapter One here.
Copyright 2012, 2017 Alex Fiano
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