Weatherman

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Overview

Andrea Labore is a beautiful, ambitious TV newscaster. She's hungry for a story that could make her career. At the same time, at the same station, two men are hungering for her. One is Rick Beanblossom, a star reporter who hides his disfigured face behind a cotton mask. The other is the station's uncanny weatherman, Dixon Bell, who appears a gentle genius. When Andrea goes after the story of a serial killer, it becomes clear that the seasonal murderer is after her.

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Overview

Andrea Labore is a beautiful, ambitious TV newscaster. She's hungry for a story that could make her career. At the same time, at the same station, two men are hungering for her. One is Rick Beanblossom, a star reporter who hides his disfigured face behind a cotton mask. The other is the station's uncanny weatherman, Dixon Bell, who appears a gentle genius. When Andrea goes after the story of a serial killer, it becomes clear that the seasonal murderer is after her.

A news team from a local TV station is close on the heels of a brutal serial killer who is callously taking lives with each change of season. When the trail leads to one of their own, the chase becomes more than a mere ratings game. National ads/media.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Strong opening action sequences-particularly of a tornado touching down in the Twin Cities-and an atmospheric TV newsroom setting don't quite compensate for the scattered story line and indulgent prose that mar Thayer's second novel (after Saint Mudd). The police find the first victim, as well as a partial fingerprint, presumably from the killer, outside the Channel 7 studio on the last day of spring, just before a tornado rips a deadly swath through Minneapolis-St. Paul. After two more women are killed, one in summer and one in the fall, the cops step up their efforts to identify the fingerprint and find the ``Calendar Killer.'' When unloved weatherman Dixon Graham Bell is arrested for the murders, newswriter Rick Beanblosson, a disfigured Vietnam vet, teams up with anchorwoman and new romantic interest Andrea Labore to save him from Minnesota's newly reinstated death penalty. Thayer's depiction of TV journalism feels on target, but he fills his cast with so many unusual and often outr characters that the story takes on a cartoonish air. Still, with its reams of meteorological lore, an ironic twist ending and impassioned stance against capital punishment, this should appeal to weather buffs as well as to thriller fans looking for something a bit off the beaten serial-killer path. 60,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Thayer (Saint Mudd, LJ 5/15/92) delivers a haunting story that concerns two tortured Vietnam vets who love the same woman, fierce weather events that coincide with a series of murders, the world of television news, and the debate on capital punishment. Dixon Bell is a television meteorologist with an eerie gift for reading the weather. Rick Beanblossom is a news producer who hides his disfigured face behind a mask. Andrea Labore is the beautiful cop turned reporter whom they both love. Meanwhile, the Calendar Killer is strangling a woman each season during a significant weather event. When Bell is arrested and accused of the murders, Beanblossom and Labore join forces to prove his innocence. The novel's characters are deeply developed, and the riveting plot is cloaked in descriptive episodes of weather. Additionally, readers will receive a fascinating view of the intense machinations of television news productions. Recommended for fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/94.]-Stacie Browne Chandler, Plymouth P.L., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878393169
  • Publisher: North Star Press of Saint Cloud
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 427,331
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2001

    Cleverly written- keeps you guessing...

    This was the first book I've read by Steven Thayer and I wasn't disappointed. You won't know who the killer is until the last pages. He did a nice job w/ character development. If you like thrillers, you'll probably like this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2001

    Steve Thayer's Masterpiece

    I've never been one for horror stories (even ones with really bad special effects) but The Weatherman, by Steve Thayer, has changed my attitude. In a setting not exactly known for murder, Thayer weaves a tangled web of confusion, lust, and, above all, lunacy. I'm still not sure who the Calendar Killer is, and I've read the book twice. BUY THIS BOOK! Summary: Sky High News man Rick Beanblossom, wearing a blue cotton ski mask to hide his disfigured face, discovers a murder mystery right under his nose in Minneapolis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    A Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat Book!

    I loved the book. I was reading the book for a class in school and I was amazed that it kept my attention. I loved the book because the author was from Minnesota and the places that he talked about in the book were places that I know the location or that I have been there before. The best part was to see that in the early 1900's on July 6th there was a temperature of 114 degrees in Minnesota. I checked it out and it was true. I loved that part because July 6th is my birthday. I didn't want to put the book down. It was a thriller and a very exciting one at that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    A serial killer is stalking the Twin Cities. And a group (Repor

    A serial killer is stalking the Twin Cities. And a group (Reporter, Weatherman and a Producer) from a local TV station is going to find out who it is. There is a love triangle involving the female reporter and the prescient weatherman (he predicted a tornado) and a scarred Viet Nam vet (who wears a mask to hide his burned face). It's a decent thriller and keeps you guessing as to whether or not who the real killer is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    Story within a Story

    Great book, Hard to put down. I 've already bought his next.

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