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Box Office Butcher is a psychological thriller murder mystery about a killer who is murdering people in an identical manner as that which is done in a new hit slasher flick. Dubbed ‘The Box-Office Butcher’ by the press, the killer is committing a couple of killings every weekend, and he isn’t doing this in a specific area; he’s moving around. This results in Detective Kevin Harmes, of the Los Angeles Police Department, scrambling from here to there and back again to try and keep up. Fortunately, this seasoned cop has some pretty spot-on suspicions of his own. Regardless of this fact, ‘The Butcher’ manages to keep him on his toes, and miserably so, with the sick game he is playing.
It is important to understand that the killer has a vendetta, and it is very necessary to accomplish it. For him, these murders are rooted in a history of abuse and rage, and he feels the compelling need to take care of the issue, which he has carried around with him his entire life. It is more than simply killing because he’s a sicko, or because it’s fun, though these are true as well. His actions are essentially a way to make right a past that has, unbeknownst to him, destroyed him from the inside out. The abuse the guy went through at the hands of his own twisted, sick mother are enough to cause anyone to almost understand how someone could go to the kinds of extremes that this killer did.
The Butcher is a man of means, and this becomes obvious by his ability to move so freely from city to city; obviously, he isn’t broke or lacking finances of some kind. This is a point which Detective Harmes picks up on and is vital to his investigation. Unfortunately, the suspects that are on his list all fall into this category at one level or another, so he must do the footwork to weed them out.
The hardest part of this work, for me, was keeping the real killer’s identity from being given away during the investigation. It was difficult to give some hints here and there while still shining the spotlight on another, as a distraction. There was a fine line here that couldn’t be crossed, at least, not immediately, and it was like a balancing act to walk that line. It helped to have The Butcher intentionally raising suspicion on other suspects who could reasonably be the killer that he actually was.
Why is Kevin Harmes so obsessed? Because he believes that every wrong turn he has taken, and each incorrect assumption he has made, is being orchestrated by The Butcher, and this enrages him. As an experienced detective, the fact that a criminal like The Butcher knows that Harmes will buy his bluff and veer off in another direction is bothersome, to say the least. He almost takes this as an assault on his policing ability. Sure, people are dying, but for Harmes, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Butcher is also basically making fun of the cops, running them around from city to city in confusion, like small children trying to catch a balloon filled with helium, but is always out of reach.
As can be expected, as the story goes on, Harmes finds little tidbits here and there which begin to clear the fog covering The Butcher’s identity. Everything begins to make sense, and sure enough, the killer is someone who has been on his suspect list all along. The person has misdirected and lied to the point that it should have been obvious from the beginning. By the time Harmes is ready to nab the guy, he finds that he isn’t a step ahead at all; rather, The Butcher already has a plan for this, as well, and it includes Kevin Harmes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
the story is kinda weird but I definitely loved it!
well written, with no very large and meaningless words. The characters at the beginning really came together and at the end with a wow. I never read a book so fast and interesting.
It is a good story and an easy read. Great for vacation or anytime you are just looking to be entertained.
Impressive thrill that penetrates through my nerves! You'll never guess what kind of psychotic the killer is!