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The Weatherman [Paperback]

Steve Thayer
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Nov. 13 2007
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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Thayer's thriller concerns a weatherman arrested for murder and the fellow TV journalists who seek to clear his name.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
--Stacie Browne Chandler, Plymouth P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I thought the book was compelling, but the ending was anticlimactic, at least for me. According to the little writeup on the inside flap, it said that Rick and Dixon are the same person, but Thayer wrote the two men as if they were two seperate people. Thayer only alluded to the alter ego aspect once, which was when Rick looked in the window in the bar and then Dixon enters the bar. Bottomline, there was no point in saying there would be an alter ego twist. That's what hooked me to buy the book. I bought it from a store that sells old and new books, so you have to buy the books. Anyway, if I wanted to read a typical murder mystery, I would have liked to have known that before I read the book.

Also, it can be said that the fact that the Dixon was executed symbolizes the destruction of that part of Rick's personality, but it wasn't even mentioned in the novel. I was very disappointed with the ending of this book. I did enjoy the novel's realistic characterization, and the seemingly climactic storytelling, which led to nothing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Thayer--The Weatherman (1995) June 1 2004
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Author Steve Thayer's first mainsteam success is a drawn out, yet riveting and enthralling tale with excellent characters, good dialogue, and gives great insight into the politics of a newsroom. "The Weatherman" is not only a suspense/mystery thriller, but it is also a forum for Thayer to promote his views on capital punishment, the Vietnam War, the glamorization and exaggeration of the media, and how women can be as deadly as the bitter cold.
Dixon Bell is a fairly ordinary meterologist from the south who happens to be working for a Minnesota television newsroom as their weatherman. He claims that he does not predict the weather, but "I read the weather". He struck fame when he boldly warned the twin towns of Minneapolis/St. Paul that a deadly tornado was coming even without the concern of the National Weather Service. Bell not only became a television figure; he was practically psychic. But what Dixon Bell wants most is the new, beautiful reporter Angela Labore. Meanwhile, women are strangled and killed for each weather season, prompting a media storm that Bell's Channel 7 News has never seen before. As circumstantial evidence compounds against Dixon and makes him a prime suspect, masked news producer Rick Beanblossom (he was injured at Vietnam) believes that Dixon is innocent and stops at nothing to prove it, despite the fact that he is obsessed with Angela as well.
Thayer does a great job of bringing characters into his story and allowing the story to fully develop them. Because of this; however, "The Weatherman" drags slightly in the first third of the book and may cause some readers to get anxious, but once Dixon Bell's trial begins, it is a rip-roaring suspense tale that will keep you guessing until the very end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How did I hate it....let me count the ways Jan. 7 2004
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Rant #1: the person who wrote the little summary on the back of the book had obviously *not* read the book! The summary said that "Andrea Labore is a beautiful, ambitious TV newscaster. She's hungry for a story that could make her career. Now is her chance... He's called the Weatherman. And he's going to make Andrea a star. Even if it kills her."
...um...noooooo...Andrea Labore had absolutely nothing to do with finding the Weatherman! That was all Rick Beanblossom! It's simply utterly factually incorrect, which is too annoying for words. Can't the publisher be trusted to read the book?
Rant #2: Rick Beanblossom NEVER takes his mask off? Ever? Not even to have sex? Has the guy heard of plastic surgery? So the veteran's administration let him down in that regard, well, here's a newsflash: his insurance would cover reconstructive surgery. Really. He could have enough of a face to at least let him walk around without a mask.
Rant #3: No background or character development given for the suspect and why he might have done any of what he did. Pattern? Motive? None.
Rant #4: Female news anchors getting their positions by having sex with the boss? Oh, thanks Thayer, thanks so much for promoting the notion of women sleeping their way to the top, that's so very 1950s of you.
Rant #5: No suspense. None. Ever. At all.
Rant #6: Was this just an anti-dealth penalty argument in disguise? I too am opposed to the death penalty, but what a ham-handed job of it.
Rant #7: I was trapped in Michigan with nothing else to read.
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Don't get me wrong, The Weatherman is a real page turner. Mr. Thayer tautly strings along his audience from page one right through the conclusion. He expertly foreshadows some great red herrings and some true clues which kept the reader guessing nearly until the very end. I thought, "Oh, it's DEFINATELY him" regarding several different characters, and my opinion flip-flopped back and forth several times.
The titular character, Dixon Bell, is particularly well created and fleshed out. In fact, I'd go so far as to say Dixon Bell might be one of the best characters I've read this year. Being from Minnesota, it was especially fun to read about well-described local landmarks (ie: the France Avenue flower shop a friend of mine works at) being destroyed by a gigantic tornado. Mr. Thayer's behind-the-scenes descriptions of local TV news crews, production, and politics were chiefly compelling. Very eye-opening and believable (except for one rediculously over-the-top faux-puritain-esque producer).
Unfortunately, the other characters don't get the same star treatment as The Weatherman. The story's main sex-pot, Andrea Labore is cardboard in comparison. Her actions had me asking, "Why would she DO that?" a number of times. The lead investigative reporter, Rick Beanblossom, is better, but still nowhere near the character quality of Dixon Bell. Then there's the aforementioned sex-obsessed-but-repressed TV news producer - he's so cliched it hurts. He really had no point being included in the story except to have somebody for Mr. Thayer to sling mud at. While Mr. Thayer shined so brightly when descriping Dixon Bell, it was disappointing when the other characters fell flat.
There was one particular scene I found profoundly disappointing. Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On my Top Ten list
What a find in Steven Thayer! The Weatherman has it all; suspense, twists, side stories and a pulse that makes you read late into the night. Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by KDMask
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but did not steal from Green Mile....
...The execution scene was actually written BEFORE the Green Mile was published. While Mr. Thayer could, theoretically, lifted the description, it is unlikely. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars "Duh"
If Stephen King reviewed this..catastrophe...it had to be after his accident.
As a writer, and teacher, the last thing I would do is to repeat a "main character's"... Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by Talon
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Fast-Paced Writing, But Ultimately A Total Let Down
This is the only book I've read by Steve Thayer. I loved the writing-- it is wonderfully descriptive, yet concise and to the point. Read more
Published on March 5 2003 by amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing
I loved this author's writing style! So many books with great ideas are written without much style - or with so much that it's tedious. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2002 by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Scary
Very scary. This book has stayed on my mind for many years; like Red Dragon. When I was interviewed by a homeowner to rent a couple rooms on her top floor, I knew I had found the... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading but nevertheless good
The back copy of this paperback novel is very misleading. In it is says that a serial killer is loose in Minnesota and is obsessed with Channel 7 reporter, Andrea Labore. Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by Angel L. Soto
2.0 out of 5 stars Unexplained Mysteries
I just read "the Weatherman" after having it hyped to me by a friend, and was keenly disappointed. Given the paucity of any compelling proof of Dixon Bell's guilt, the "mountain"... Read more
Published on April 3 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Good first half, fair ending
Halfway through this book I would have given it a higher rating; an interesting and generally original plot with intriguing characters (even if handled a little heavy-handedly). Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2002
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