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The Weatherman (Weatherman #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  849 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Andrea Labore is a beautiful, ambitious TV newscaster. Shes 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 stations uncanny weatherman, Dixon Bell, who appears a gentle genius. When Andrea goes a ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by North Star Press of St. Cloud (first published 1995)
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Amy
Oct 10, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wowza. This book really had me. It pulled me in and kept me thinking the entire time, and I never really knew who the murderer was until the very end, and even then I had to doubt it. Very engaging, and I always enjoy local books. I listened to this book, and I really got annoyed that the reader kept mispronouncing the words, especially "Edina."
Jan
Dec 07, 2010 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The books starts with a vivid and riveting account of a tornado as seen through the eyes of a helicopter weather and traffic team. It absolutley made my spine tingle, having lived in Minnesota all my life and having been in more than a few tornadoes, I was in awe of the detail and accuracy that Thayer used to describe the storm.
Great book....I pretty much figured out the ending early but I didn't want the murderer to be who I thought it was so I could not put it down!
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Chana
May 01, 2010 Chana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I didn't care for it very much. The characterizations did not seem consistent or real. Part of that inconsistency is how we jump around in subject; weather, Vietnam, who is committing murders, TV news and the death penalty. The author uses the book as a forum to express opinions on these things sometimes rather than telling a story. He also seems to blame women for the crimes of men, he is pretty consistent with that opinion.
I really think that the invention of the electric chair is one of the
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Jen
Dec 31, 2015 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads Synopsis: A serial killer is on the loose in Minnesota, snapping young women's necks with each change of the seasons. Within twenty four hours of the first murder, TV weatherman Dixon Bell, a hulking eccentric, warns his viewers that a tornado is about to strike. The National Weather Service hasn't called it, but Dixon Bell does because he sees it coming in his mind. Among all the complex and original characters in this astonishing novel, the shifting weather and landscape of Minnesota ...more
Sarah
Jan 18, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being from Minnesota, I enjoy reading Minnesota authors. Steve Thayer is from Minnesota and this book takes place in the Twin Cities. I like this book, but wasn't satisfied with the ending. Something was missing from it, in my opinion.
Lori
Nov 16, 2008 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
only redeeming value to this mystery is that it is set in Minnesota and the author knows his stuff regarding the metro area and the weather. I enjoyed being able to visualize the area I grew up in
Zedsdead
Jun 23, 2015 Zedsdead rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anti-capital punishment advocates.
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Borrowed from Tim.
A two-part novel about the weather in Minnesota, newsroom politics, a string of serial killings, and the death penalty.

Part One describes the murders, committed once each season and always during an extreme weather event. Tornado, ice storm, record-setting fog or heatwave, etc. We are introduced to Dixon Bell, a preternaturally gifted meteorologist, and Rick Beanblossom, a brilliant investigator and news producer. This was the good part of the book. Great characters. A crime story with a novel t
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Ed
May 29, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, action, thriller
#1 in the Rick Beanblossom series.

Rick Beanblossom series - At the center of the story, we find Minnesota's quixotic weather, a string of serial murders, a local television station, and three characters who work there: hard-hitting news producer Rick Beanblossom, who wears a mask to cover the horrible facial burns he suffered in the Vietnam War; beautiful, coldly ambitious anchorwoman-wannabe Andrea Labore; and weatherman Dixon Bell, who has an uncanny ability to "read" the weather. Both men are
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Lee
Jan 01, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark,thrilling serial killer novel.Read this, then read his follow up to it, "Silent Snow". Both are quite good.
Andrea
Mar 12, 2008 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's hard not to like this book, when the main character is news anchor, Andrea Labore. :)
Clifford
Dec 30, 2014 Clifford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
A great story that I found to be solid in character, location, storyline, and plot driven written.
Miranda
May 17, 2015 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was absolutely one of the BEST thrillers I have ever read. I found it at a used library book sale, and I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The best part about it was not even the plot – even though it was great. It was the atmosphere and the vivid weather descriptions. The opening chapters describing the tornado and the news helicopter crash got me hooked. I also loved the in depth study of the television news industry. The complex characters and intersecting storylines were s ...more
Ginny_1807
Sep 28, 2012 Ginny_1807 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un giallo di alta qualità: trama avvincente e personaggi indimenticabili.
Chi Dubinski
Feb 22, 2012 Chi Dubinski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mystery--terrifying and with many twists and turns.
Kyle Mclaughlin
Mar 07, 2015 Kyle Mclaughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial killer is loose in Minnesota. Striking 24 hours before severe weather hits, this killer taunts the local weather personality Dixon Bell. When suspension falls on Bell himself, only Rick Beanblossom, a Vietnam War veteran and TV news producer works to prove Bell's innocence.

Thayer's imagery was really good at allowing readers to visualize the events that were occurring, and kept readers guessing whether Bell is actually the killer, or a man being expertly framed till the final reveal in
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Karen San Diego
I have mixed reactions for this novel. It has both its strong and weak elements but I'm not sure which outshines which.

Synopsis:

A serial killer is on the loose in Minnesota, snapping young women's necks with each change of the seasons. Within twenty four hours of the first murder, TV weatherman Dixon Bell, a hulking eccentric, warns his viewers that a tornado is about to strike. The National Weather Service hasn't called it, but Dixon Bell does because he sees it coming in his mind. Among all th
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Justin Newman
May 26, 2013 Justin Newman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a much better read than I had anticipated. After having read another of Thayer's works (The Wheat Field) and feeling nonplussed, I chose to give him another chance and I'm glad I did.

Though his writing style seems a bit confused, when Thayer chooses to throw some depth in, he accomplishes his goal with apparent ease. Like many skeptics, I often try to play devil's advocate when exploring a new (to me) author, and I found myself with very few complaints along the way in this novel.
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Trepe
Aug 27, 2015 Trepe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
A recommendation from a friend who has made it her mission to lend me every book she owns. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew the ending, an attitude I don't often have with books. Reading the ending wouldn't have changed my theory on who the killer was, ask was able to guess it and pay more attention to their actions. This book felt very fragmented to me and it was hard to concentrate. Not the worst by far, but not near the best I've read.
Alexis
Jan 19, 2016 Alexis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in The Weatherman because it's set in the Twin Cities, where I live. Unfortunately, toward the end of the book the story drags on without enlightening the reader as to the motivations of the characters. Sentences are fragmented, containing questionable metaphors, grammar and usage. Interesting themes are abandoned or contradicted as the book wears on. Much of the action seems to serve the author's opinions rather than the story itself.
Kim Hartsfield
It took me a while to get into this book. The story is very convoluted and jumps around a great deal, sometimes with no notice aside from a paragraph break. One second, you are reading about the internal workings of a local TV news station, the next you are in Vietnam. I continually had to re-read sections to get my bearings. The murder mystery sometimes takes second fiddle to other story lines and the characters are odd (in a bad way). Near the middle, I learned to roll with it and it got bette ...more
Carol Miletti
May 15, 2015 Carol Miletti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when it first came out and loved it. I wanted to listen as it was my favorite reader, and because it takes place in Minnesota
It did not disappoint
Mei
Feb 10, 2015 Mei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riveting, suspenseful and at times funny. Definitely drew me in and gave me more that a few unexpected twists and turns. Enjoyable read.
Bridget
Love anything by Thayer, especially those that take place in Minnesota. Gripping and horrifying. Beautifully written and really engaging.
Robin Ferguson
Jun 04, 2014 Robin Ferguson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Smart, well researched, believable characters. I did pick up this book for the cover and it had me hooked by page one.
Linda Chrisman
Apr 26, 2016 Linda Chrisman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Had hoped for better - disliked heroine, guess murderer quarter of a way through. Waste of my time.
Sam Kigelman
I remember it being unpredictable, etc. Very descriptive, but not as captivating and deep as I hoped.
AV Dept
Feb 16, 2016 AV Dept rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cath
I read The Weatherman years ago. Actually, I listened to it. One of my favorite thrillers.
Barbara Harden
Jan 19, 2016 Barbara Harden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Suspense story.Would have liked a dif. ending,but keep w/ the suspence.
Arthur Sylvester
This is an engrossing murder mystery. I couldn't put it down.
Alan Marchant
With a little editing, the Weatherman could have been a decent, nuanced novel about capital punishment. There's a reason why the blurb from Stephen King praises the first 40 pages: Thayer sets his book up as quite a thriller, but after that the pace is sub-par. Most of the authorial energy in the middle half of the book is wasted on a forced sequence of porno-style sex scenes that add nothing to the story. They just degrade most of the newsroom characters to the level of the obligatory Christian ...more
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STEVE THAYER is the New York Times best-selling author of Saint Mudd, Silent Snow, and The Wheat Field. He lives in Edina, Minnesota.
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