The Butcher's Theater

The Butcher's TheaterThey Call The Ancient Hills Of Jerusalem The Butcher S Theater Here, Upon This Bloodstained Stage, A Faceless Killer Performs His Violent Specialty The First To Die Brutally Is A Fifteen Year Old Girl She Is Drained Of Blood, Then Carefully Bathed And Shrouded In White Precisely One Week Later, A Second Victim Is Found From The Sacred Wailing Wall To The Monasteries Where Dark Secrets Are Cloistered, From Black Clad Bedouin Enclaves To Labyrinthine Midnight Alleys, Veteran Police Inspector Daniel Sharavi And His Crack Team Plunge Deep Into A City Simmering With Religious And Political Passions To Hunt For A Murderer Whos Insatiable Taste For Young Women Could Destroy The Delicate Balance On Which Jerusalem S Very Survival Depends A Brilliant Novel By A Master Of The Genre, A Vivid Look At The Tortured Complexities Of A Psychopath S Mind, A Rich Evocation Of A City Steeped In History This, And , Is The Butcher S Theater

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  • Paperback
  • 640 pages
  • The Butcher's Theater
  • Jonathan Kellerman
  • English
  • 11 December 2019
  • 9780345460677

10 thoughts on “The Butcher's Theater

  1. says:

    Jerusalem, Israel The Butcher s Theater they called the hills of Jerusalem Terrain full of nasty surprises It carved up soldiers and turned them into vulture fodder P.216 This is the story of contemporary Israel its people, cultures, religions, politics Throughout the 882 pages, a potpourri of everything is mixed in with the work of Chief Inspector Daniel Shalom Sharavi, a Yemenite Jew, and his team who needs to solve a serial murder case The victimes were scrubbed and drained, like the Los Angeles case of 49, called The Black Dahlia And as with the Dahlia mystery, it looks as though this perpetrator is getting away with it as well.Gruesome in detail all aspects of the book No dilly dallying in political correctness It is the God honest truth And no shortage of flavor on this one Ancient city, Thousand Nights ambiance, ethnic tensions, a friend with a knifeThe story was so well constructed that I cannot but rate it five stars, although I was annoyed at times with the long drawn out tale But really, it is a terrific read What I most appreciated of the book was the bitchcraft in it you know people off by telling them the truth Sometimes I just wanted to puke The gory details of the sex crimes got to me, and it is spread all over the tale But the story is about a sex offender, so I need to allow some leeway Then my chain also got jerked with the perfect man our protagonist The perfect lover, father, husband But that s okay too It is a macho book after all It does however, provide the warmth, compassion and balance that is needed.This is the kind of book I love to read Suspense, drama, history, culture a holistic portrayal of a society I do not know much about and I walk away with a much better idea of a region that has always fascinated me The insider s view of a racially torn society, away from the media imprint, was great Perfect, in fact Yes, I really loved this rich and detailed experience Very much so It deserves the title of an international no 1 bestseller.

  2. says:

    I thought this book would never end.

  3. says:

    Probably my favourite book by Jonathan Kellerman Mystery set in modern day Jerusalem, and chilling to read A serial killer is targeting young Arab women, and it s up to Daniel Sharavi and his team to find the murderer Lots of psychological drama, details on Israeli daily life and a very vivid, very alive look at Jerusalem This one I have read about a half dozen times, and have enjoyed very much Not at all like the Alex Delaware novels.

  4. says:

    As much as I love mysteries, they don t usually earn 5 stars but this one, which takes place in Isreal, is as much about the culture and clashes of peoples, as it is about the victims and murderer Kellerman s Jewish police detective is a fully developed character who deserved his own series as good as any long running detective series, but I think he s only featured in one other a Delaware mystery Kellerman novel.

  5. says:

    Stop it I can t take it I won t let you do this No, you ve done it again I can t believe it How long How much Until when When will this end I can t take another page of characters speculating I can t take another page full of a character s thoughts of what may or may not happen I want action I want events This book is written in third person That means I am watching the characters Pulling me in and out of their heads just makes me seasick and confused whether this is an out of body experience, or an inside the body experience.Actually, this is just a really terrible book.This was the last piece that convinced me that minimalism is the best form of writing The Butcher s Theater is filled with details, pages and pages of descriptions and thoughts, while the events themselves suffocate between these two and are rendered uninteresting About halfway through the book you start to see things from the killer s point of view By point of view , I m talking about this half assed method of writing in third person while still telling us what the characters think At best, it just makes the book painfully slow At worse, it makes the author look like he s talking to himself and is completely unaware of that.I never thought I d find a book worse than The World According to Garp, and that I d find it so soon, but here it is I sometimes had to stop reading to ponder whether I actually read such horrid writing Did I really just read a whole page of random ramblings from a character s mind, instead about what is actually happening Yes, I just did.It s possible that Hemingway is the most important figure in literature I miss that minimalism so much I miss authors who actually tell a story instead of talking to themselves.Authors need to learn that third person means being completely outside of the character s head It s either I m inside the head or I m outside There is no in between.

  6. says:

    Jerusalem 1988 a body gets found in the hills and she is clearly being killed in a most sadistic way, remembering of a previous killer called the Grey man who never got caught , the department of Major Crimes Unit gets put on the case and the leader of this investigation is Pakad chief inspector Daniel Shalom Sharavi of Yemenite origin There is immediately a lot of pressure on him and his investigators who are as diverse in ancestry as they come This group of investigators show the face of Israel and the diversity of Jews that exist, far than I ever knew about and you find out the characters and their fates during this very big read.This book is on one side a detective story about a serial killer who strikes in Israel and on the other side it shows life in Israel in 1988 The story shows the face of Israel form the Jewish point of view and is not always unbiased, but is shown through the lives of the people in this books and they give an anchor to this look upon Israeli society that is surprising and sometimes annoying, but is feels like the opinion of real people with real lives It also shows the difficulty in policing a state like Israel when politics are just around the corner and have a large influence in policing too It almost looks like that Israel had a head start in politicizing any possible police case with some higher sensitivity The writer also give us a view from the killer, you do not find out who he is until the end and you are faced with a banality of this killer who from his viewpoint does important work he is no Hannibal Lecter but a scary and sad person at the same time This whole early book by Jonathan Kellerman is a standalone novel without any sequels, but a tour de force nonetheless about live in the middle east especially Israel, he shows the diversity and people of this state and their place in society and the importance of family life I read this book before and the second time it grabbed me like the first time, it is a long book but a very satisfying novel that is full of life as I not knew before Well worth your time.

  7. says:

    Absolute crap the evil killer is the son of a Jewish doctor and a gentile woman Apparently half breeds are cursed by God Call me Ishmael Kellerman is absolutely hysterical on the subject of Jews mixing with the lesser races In fact, Dr Terrific is much like the poor man s Joe Christmas, though I doubt Kellerman is literate enough to have read LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner In any case, reading Kellerman on the Palestinians is like reading Faulkner on Jim Crow But not as good.

  8. says:

    Time taken to read 4 daysPages 628Publisher BantamBlurb from GoodreadsThey call the ancient hills of Jerusalem the butcher s theater Here, upon this bloodstained stage, a faceless killer performs his violent specialty The first to die brutally is a fifteen year old girl She is drained of blood, then carefully bathed and shrouded in white Precisely one week later, a second victim is found From the sacred Wailing Wall to the monasteries where dark secrets are cloistered, from black clad bedouin enclaves to labyrinthine midnight alleys, veteran police inspector Daniel Sharavi and his crack team plunge deep into a city simmering with religious and political passions to hunt for a murderer whose insatiable taste for young women could destroy the delicate balance on which Jerusalem s very survival depends.My Review1985, they find the first mutilated body of a young unidentified female in the slopes of Mount Scopus, Jerusalem Inspector Sharavi is on the case with his team and before too long another body appears The team know they have a serial killer on their hands and a tough job investigating in a city where political agendas are explosive, the U.N do not appreciate any questioning and the detectives keep hitting walls of silence With a dangerous psychopath on the loose, racism and poverty aiding the killer the police have to put their wits and possibly their lives on the line to bring the killer down, before they strike again.This is a huge read, a lot of it peters out and around the characters, going back to their personal history or past or musings which detracts from the main story line We also get an insight into the killers past and to present day There is a lot of jumping around, many characters which took a bit of getting used to and I needed to go back a few times to keep my characters right.The setting of the books location was very well suited, I have never been to Jerusalem however the landscape, caves, slopes and poverty stricken areas enabled the killer to camouflage himself and carry out his work The book is riddled with racism, hate, lack of respect for human life, abuse, torture, murder and most definitely not for the faint hearted If you like reading about killers with expansive details on location and local behaviors this will be the book for you 3 5 for me this time, I found the animal torture, sexual deviancy and side stories just a bit much however Kellerman does have a way with words.

  9. says:

    This book, written in Jonathan Kellerman s early career, was by far his best I enjoyed Kellerman s Alex Delaware books for many years, but this book does what that series doesn t it gets personal and has history, religion and politics entwined with the narrative The book takes place in modern day Israel 1988 era and introduces us to Detective Sharavi, a devout Jewish man who needs to solve a gruesome murder He works alongside many others who have different religious and political leanings, and Kellerman paints a vivid picture of the strengths and weaknesses of Jerusalem and it s people Sharavi is respectful of the different faiths in his homeland, and this thriller is a book that is distinctive and memorable.

  10. says:

    Those attempting to read this work are advised to keep a copy of a map of Jerusalem nearby This book assumes a level of knowledge of both the city of Jerusalem and the structure of Israeli society and politics that I lack, and is moderately preachy on the PLO Israeli conflict Speaking personally, there simply wasn t enough crime solving to wade through the Israeli politics.

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