Illusions of Magic

The Illustrated Novel by J.B. Rivard


 

A magician short of bookings

A banker with a secret

A woman missing for 20 years

Chicago, 1933. Political chaos follows the wounding of its mayor by a bullet intended for Franklin D. Roosevelt. A down-on-his-luck magician takes on a quest for a devious banker. Along the way, the magician regains a love he thought he’d forever lost. Love and duty clash—the quest risks the magician’s magic… then turns deadly.   Read the Preview

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Acclaim
For ILLUSIONS OF MAGIC

“…deftly weaves themes of romantic love, easy murder, and the power of jazz…a vivid portrait of life in Chicago in 1933…rich with…dangerous criminals, forever friends, and genuine romance.”
   —Marssie Mencotti in Windy City Reviews
“…keeps the plot clicking…capturing old-time Chicagoan accents, particularly those from the Czech community…new takes on the old city I have yet to encounter anywhere else…”
   —Dan Kelly in Third Coast Review
“…a story about second chances and near-misses, where sometimes the best way to change your stars is to believe in the impossible—because sometimes someone is going to surprise you and help you start a new chapter of your life…”
   —Jorie in Jorie Loves a Story
“…does a masterful job…creates a historically accurate background for his cast of fascinating characters, creating a moving novel…”
   —Dr. Willard Oliver, Professor at Sam Houston State, co-author of Killing the President
“…a great feel for the time period from jazz clubs, to bank robberies and strange guys in back offices cooking the books…”
   —Mishker in BookDigits
“…The style is 1930’s gangster movie…glimpses into how politics and crime worked…you’ll even imagine yourself seeing images flash across a movie screen in black and white as you read…”
   —Ronovan Hester in Lit World Interviews
“The setting of political turmoil in 1933 Chicago is a fascinating feature…never lets up as the plot takes twists and turns I never expected…it certainly exceeded my expectations…”
   —Susan Kennedy in ReviewThisReviews
“…richly authentic atmosphere…a quick and very enjoyable read that smoothly intermingles Nick’s love life with a challenging case he takes on…a breath of fresh air…”
   —Joanna Urquhart in Historical Novel Society

 

 

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