|Publisher:||Easton Studio Press, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Author, teacher, critic, Edwin Wilson began his career as Assistant to the Producer for the Broadway play Big Fish, Little Fish directed by John Gielgud, and the film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook. He later co-produced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You , directed by George Abbott and produced the film The Nashville Sound. From 1972 to 1994 he was the theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal.
Over the past four decades his three college theatre textbooks have appeared in a total of 28 editions while selling over one million copies. At one time president of the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Theatre Development Fund, he was also Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury. In the early 1990s, he conducted 90 half-hour television interviews with well-known theater artists that appeared on CUNY-TV in New York and 200 PBS stations around the U.S. The Patron Murders is Wilson’s first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was drawn to read The Patron Murders because of my love of New York City and the theatre. Mr. Wilson does a good job at displaying his knowledge about the theatre and the City throughout the book. It is obvious he knows the ins and outs of what it means to work in the industry and that makes The Patron Murders feel authentic. I was intrigued by the main character, Matt Johanssen, and his history. There are hints throughout the book that Matt has assisted in solving other crimes, but no details are ever shared. I had to check GoodReads several times because I wanted to know more about those mysteries and how Matt solved them. The only downside to this novel was a periphery murder that takes place during the same time as “the Patron Murders.” Besides Matt playing Sherlock Holmes with both crimes, I failed to see why or how that secondary murder happened. I would have liked more focus on the one or the other. My preference leans towards “the Patron Murders” because they were more salacious. Because Matt had to juggle so many different leads on his own, the solving of all the murders felt rushed. I would definitely consider reading Matt Jonanssen stories in the future. Mr. Wilson knows how to create authentic characters that a reader can get behind. His obvious extensive knowledge of the theatre lends itself to a fast-paced mystery that is worth investigating further.
As this is a murder novel, and I HATE spoiling books, I'm going to make this short and sweet. First, let me say that even though I don't read all that many adult books, I'm pretty much a sucker for murder books and TV shows alike. I think my love for it was cultivated when I was eleven and I started watching Castle, and then came Rizzoli and Isles, The Mentalist, How To Get Away With Murder and a BUNCH of other AMAZING shows and books like the Snapped series that only manage to increase my love for murder novels. Like I said, I'm not going to say all too much about the actual book and what happens, because I firlmy believe that the blurb tells you all you need to know going into a murder book, but I will say that I absolutely ADORED the Broadway setting, and everything we learnt about it in the novel. I was so much a part of the whole book, and I LOVED the very feel of it. I'm going to stop by saying that this is a great book and a Murder Mystery set in New York (AAAH!) that you do NOT want to miss!