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Kay Williams (left) is a professional actress who has played leading roles at regional theaters around the U.S., including the San Francisco Actors Workshop and the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Among her many credits are the title role in Miss Jairus, Cybel in Great God Brown, and Georgette in The Balcony, all plays that are part of the repertory of the 42nd Street Theater in Butcher of Dreams. She has also performed in many, many new plays off-Broadway in Manhattan and knows how difficult it is for talented new playwrights to get produced and talented new actors to get noticed. She has acted in radio, television, and films. For several years, she worked behind-the-scenes as assistant producer with an award-winning independent filmmaker in New York.
Kay is a co-author of One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love, a novel started by her father, Mardo Williams, and finished by her and her sister Jerri Lawrence. The book won an Ohioana Award for Writing and Editing Excellence, a Best Regional Fiction Award from the Independent Publishers Association and was a Finalist in a National Readers' Choice Award.
Eileen Wyman (right) is a writer of short fiction and has edited many books and film scripts. She has had a career in radio/television and is a gifted comedy writer, crafting jokes for speech writers and comedians, humorous fillers for various magazines, and captions for cartoonists. She has written additional dialogue for films. During her long career, Eileen has held a variety of odd jobs to make ends meet—teacher, social worker, office temp.
Originally from the Buckeye state, Kay and Eileen continue to live in New York in Hell's Kitchen, now considered one of the safest neighborhoods in the City.
They are currently finishing another suspense thriller, Tryst at the Kafe Fantazii [working title], that opens in Leningrad in 1991, against the chaotic backdrop of a disintegrating Russia. Kate, aspiring filmmaker, has arrived to take part in the Leningrad Documentary Festival. Crime is rampant, the Russian mafia is gaining control. Kate narrowly escapes with her life. When she returns home, she finds that those who were after her in Leningrad are still pursuing her in New York City.
on Jan. 11, 2011 :
It takes a gripping ebook (and my lack of an ereader) to keep me glued to my computer in this perfect summer sunshine when I could be at the beach. But for the last two days I’ve been too engrossed in the unfolding story of Lee Fairchild and her struggling New York theatre to spare a thought for the tempting waves lapping on golden sand just a couple of blocks away. No, I’ve been in a cold dark theatre being scared out of my wits – and loving it!
This book keeps raising the level of suspense with consummate skill, teasing the reader and daring them to guess who the murderer might be. Like Lee, we’re unable to figure out who to trust. The people closest to her have so many secrets to hide we just can’t tell who’s responsible for the escalating weirdness, the blood-laced rituals, and violent deaths that threaten to bring the theatre to its knees.
You northern folk, buy Butcher of Dreams and read it now. Those in the southern hemisphere, buy it and save it for next winter!
Reviewed by Bev Robitai, author of Murder in the Second Row.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)