Dangerous Inspiration

Greg Stone

Synesthesia alters detective-turned-novelist Ronan Mezini’s perceptions. But can it help him find the killer?

Detective-turned-novelist Ronan Mezini has skewed perceptions because of a condition called synesthesia, which for him transforms sounds into colors. These visions give him unusual insights that help him solve a case.

So when a collection of eccentric — and possibly violent — creative people come together at an elite artists' colony in rural Vermont, murders occur in rapid succession and suspicion falls on everyone as Mezini unearths the founding family's secrets.

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About The Author

Greg Stone

Greg Stone

Greg began his career as a writer at Time Inc. in New York and later worked as a TV reporter in Minneapolis, Boston, and on PBS. He estimates that he has done 15,000 interviews, with people from every imaginable occupation or situation. Greg’s professional honors include three Emmy nominations.

Turning down an offer to anchor at CNN in New York, he founded Stone Communications, dedicated first to independent production and now to media consulting. Assignments have brought him all across the US, and to the UK, South Korea, Poland, and Albania.

Greg has written two business books on inspired management: Branding with Personal Stories: The Villains, Victims, and Heroes Model and Artful Business: 50 Lessons from Creative Geniuses. He is also co-authoring a third book called Defining Hybrid Heroes: The Leadership Spectrum from Scoundrel to Saint, under contract at Anthem Press.

Greg and his wife reside in Belmont, MA, just outside Boston. They have a daughter in medical school, a son who works in financial technology in New York, and a rescue dog who rarely barks.

6 reviews for Dangerous Inspiration

  1. Sanjiv Chopra

    Dangerous Inspiration, Greg Stone’s first novel, is a brilliantly written story that is captivating and had me reading it from start to finish without stopping. It has many intriguing twists and turns, the prose is deft and elegant, and the end sublimely surprising.”

    Sanjiv Chopra, MD, Professor, Harvard Medical School, co-author, The Two Most Important Days

  2. Andrea Purgatori

    “Imagine a bunch of strangers, a secret which binds them, then follow the colours of perception and you’ll have the sort of Dangerous Inspiration Agatha Christie would have created.”

    Andrea Purgatori, journalist and author of Four Little Oysters

  3. Steve Schlozman

    Dangerous Inspiration is a ‘whodunit’ that draws its roots from a different era, but takes place firmly in today’s world. In fact, it’s a lot like its wry and amusing protagonist. This book is smart, but not pedantic. It is observant, but it doesn’t drown you in details. And it works just as well with a beer as it does with a nice cup of tea. But don’t think that means that you’ll be putting it down.”

    Steve Schlozman, MD, author of The Zombie Autopsies

  4. Jenna Ward

    “Gripping from the outset … a good old whodunnit!”

    Jenna Ward, Professor at Coventry University and Director of the Art of Management & Organization

  5. F. James Pensiero

    “Ronan Mezini is a hard-boiled ex-detective who likes philosophy, Shakespeare, good red wine and complicated women. He’s trying to write a book at an artist’s retreat in Vermont but gets caught up in a series of murders committed during a wild storm. Mezini likes to talk to himself, and his often hilarious soliloquies keep this whodunit moving from beginning to end.”

    F. James Pensiero, Deputy Managing Editor (Retired), The Wall Street Journal

  6. Ina Saltz

    “Avid mystery buffs (like myself) will instantly recognize the familiar (and beloved) tropes of Dangerous Inspiration, a classic homage to Christie and her ilk: a group of strangers summoned to an isolated location, their psychological unveiling during the ensuing mayhem, and the final denouement which reveals all. Within this construct, and with many winks to it throughout, Greg Stone has created a memorable group of quirky characters. Events quickly unfold in this action packed story with twists and turns leading to an unexpected resolution. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”

    Ina Saltz, Professor Emeritus, The City College of New York, Author and Content Creator, LinkedIn Learning

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