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Butcher of Dreams Paperback – June 22, 2012
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In the Clearing
When hunting a killer, no case is closed for homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. Learn More
"The writing is tight and precise, the characters amazingly detailed and believable, with their back-stories intricately weaving in and out. It is one of the really thrilling mysteries I've read, mysterious to the very end ... and scary enough that I did not want to read it when I was alone." Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson, ReaderViews
It is Lee's ultimate struggle with loneliness and an overloaded professional struggle that brings the story to its shocking climax.Don't start this wonderful story if you have something else to do, because this fantastic plot will win the fight! A big thumbs up!! Shelley Glodowski, Midwest Book Review
"With a whole troupe [of actors], there are plenty of suspects. Backstage details have authority; Lee's story is effectively told." -- Akron Beacon-Journal, Barbara McIntyre, July 22, 2007
From the Publisher
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Trusting Lee Fairchild, empathetic Alan Dunbar, and their third partner crusty Ernst Kromer open a repertory theater on 42nd St. in NYC with a foundation grant. From the moment they begin rehearsals, disturbing events take place and seem to conspire against them. One after another each actor in the theater falls under suspicion as the potential perpetrator.
Looking at the story from the perspective of 2007, one might wonder how Lee could be so trusting and innocent until one remembers that the story is set in the 80s before identity theft and sociopathic behavior were much in the news.
I found the book increasingly difficult to lay down, especially as the second half came into play. The authors have achieved a quite satisfying novel of mystery and suspense.
Lee Fairchild is a recent widow who has picked herself up by launching a under-budgeted theater in Hell's Kitchen on the fringes of Times Square with an old friend. The theater is almost immediately plagued with problems when a derelict is found murdered in a cult-like slaying on the third floor of the theater. A young man named Michael Day wanders off the street and into Lee's life as an assistant and lover. But Day's excess of spending and propensity towards lying, as well as his grand romantic gestures, keep Lee from seeing that someone is robbing the theater blind:
"'Bounced?' Lee stopped sorting the mail. The phone cradled in the hollow of her shoulder slipped. She caught it at her rib cage and wrestled it back to her ear. 'That's our new account.' No new exactly. She'd opened it at the beginning of the season, along with the other two. But that was the first check she'd written from it. 'They showed me the notice.' His voice rose indignantly. 'Insufficient funds. It came in their mail this morning.'"
Williams and Wyman put together a first-rate suspense.Read more ›
Besides the effective characterizations of Lee and her colleagues, the authors have written a book that offers insight into the world of theater that I never knew existed. It has given me an enhanced appreciation of the "art" of theater and has encouraged me to support repertory theater productions within my community. Plus, the novel is simply good reading, one that's hard to put down. Just as the cover grabbed my eyes, the words grabbed my passion for reading. Don't miss this book!
I've always loved mysteries. If I had to read just one genre for the rest of the days, I believe my choice would be the immensely entertaining field of mystery and suspense. I like the short, cozy British ones, adore the old classics and fall easily under the spell of the more contemporary ones. A lot of the new ones, though, fall short in the "thrill factor" area - they tend to be unnecessarily graphic in their shocking descriptions, yet they do not make me truly afraid and even less truly perplexed.
Kay Williams' and Eileen Wyman's "Butcher of Dreams," aptly subtitled "A Suspense Novel about the Theater," was one of the really thrilling mysteries. No matter how much I tried to guess who the villain was, the authors managed to sidetrack and blindside me again and again. While I correctly guessed one of the subplots, the main mystery remained so until the chilling end of the book.
Lee Fairchild, a talented actress, is managing a rather fledgling theater in NYC's Hell's Kitchen. She is a strong, courageous and smart woman, yet weakened by the recent death of her husband and a crumbling relationship with her only child, Heather. The theater has its own share of problems, starting from the motley crew on its payroll and continuing to its not-so-desirable location, lack of future funding and strange happenings in the area. When a dead vagrant is found in the theatre, his body mutilated in a ritual-looking manner, Lee enters a bizarre world of unexplainable events, all of which threaten the further operations of the theater as well as the lives of crew and cast. Will Lee manage to solve the mystery - or will she become the next victim?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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
Lee Fairchild has realized ever actor's dream: a theatre of her own. Unfortunately she quickly discovers that having a theatre of her own is not all it's cracked up to be. Read morePublished on August 22, 2007 by Armchair Interviews