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Butcher of Dreams is a gripping suspense thriller set in the 1980's Hell's Kitchen when porno shops, girlie shows, prostitution and crime ran rampant. With this seedy and ominous off-Broadway theater district as the backdrop, Lee Fairchild is attempting to start a repertory theater in an abandoned burlesque house. Not only is someone or something threatening the future of the theater (Lee's dream-come-true), but this force threatens her very existence. Who is responsible for the ritualistic sacrifice on the third floor of the theater? Is the stolen Aztec mask and its ancient curse somehow connected to the bizarre events? Who is the psychopath/sociopath behind the destruction that begins to affect the entire company? Lee's mercurial cast members and stage crew become suspects as events begin to spiral out of control. The authors' command of the English language as well as their knowledge of literature adds both nuance and interest to this well-plotted white knuckle read.
Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the complexity and drive of those who pursue theater as a career--actors, directors, playwrights--and a new respect for what they do for love.
I enjoy theater and suspense stories with a strong sense of place.
I loved Kay and Mardo Williams' previous book, One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love. Read more
This book was quite different from One Last Dance, a book Kay Williams, along with her sister, finished for their dad after he passed away. Read morePublished on February 3, 2008 by Charlotte R. Mitchell
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (12/07)
I've always loved mysteries. Read more
Butcher of Dreams is one of those "who dun it" mysteries where you supect everyone and you just can't put it down once you start reading. Read morePublished on September 14, 2007 by Ina
I loved it. I was pulled immediately into the tension of the mysterious and frightening events. The behind the scenes life of the theatre and the complex personalities who staff... Read morePublished on August 25, 2007 by Sara Lee Burneson