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The Weatherman (Weatherman #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  969 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
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 c ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Signet (first published 1995)
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Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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."
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Betsy Del Vecchio
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Predictable. The Beast will get the Beauty... 1/3 of the book is just filler. Bad ending.
Steph (loves water)
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Grabbed this by accident from the library, I was looking for The Weatherman by Clint McCown. Oh well. The book was pretty good but I remember reading it a long time ago, some parts came back to me. Still not a bad read.
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another mystery by Steve Thayer, actually I should have read this one first and Silent Snow next, but I didn't. I liked them both, and knowing some of the characters in the second book, helped as far as their lives before and the interesting information behind the scenes of big-time news programs. A really good mystery, I love this authors writing and how detailed it is, as the story moves along. I'll be reading more of his books.

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Andrea Labore is a beautiful, ambitious TV newscast
Chi Dubinski
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mystery--terrifying and with many twists and turns. The Weatherman did not follow the path of a conventional mystery, which is perhaps easier for an author when the book is not part of a series. The characters were richly drawn, with unexpected facets to their personalities--it wasn't just the beautiful blonde anchorwoman, the horribly scarred Vietnam vet, and the charming southern meteorologist.
But the story became more than the usual mystery, when it continued beyond the capture. The
Andy Rane
Jul 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't want to spoil anything, but the end of this book was a head scratcher. I remember putting it down and thinking...well...that sucked! I got the feeling that the author wanted to go against the grain and be "different." It didn't work.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
A great story that I found to be solid in character, location, storyline, and plot driven written.
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
A dark,thrilling serial killer novel.Read this, then read his follow up to it, "Silent Snow". Both are quite good.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un giallo di alta qualità: trama avvincente e personaggi indimenticabili.
Nov 16, 2008 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
Apr 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book was ridiculously awful. The ending was horrible and made me regret ever having picked up the book.
Mar 12, 2008 rated it liked it
it's hard not to like this book, when the main character is news anchor, Andrea Labore. :)
Bryan Ericson
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I rate this book at 4.5 stars. Great plot, convincing characters. It dragged a bit at the end, but this is one of the best books I have read this year.
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.


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
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Listened to this one. Good mystery.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Steve Thayer book. Despite thinking to myself as I read this that it wasn't that great, and that the characters weren't very developed or believable, and that nothing much was really happening, I actually found myself rather engaged in the story. A good trick that, so maybe it was a bit better than it seemed to let on. Still, for a serial-killer book, there wasn't much serial killer, wasn't much of any kind of investigation, wasn't much of a resolution. And still worth reading somehow. ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Justin Newman
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Kim Hartsfield
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: action, crime, 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
Alan Marchant
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mystery, horror
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
May 16, 2015 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
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Kyle Mclaughlin
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Cara (Eli)
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. If you're looking for a good crime story without too much gory details, but with a plot that still has you changing your mind several times who the killer is, this is the book for you. It's a fascinating journey into the works of a TV news station, Midwest mentality and also how past experience can effect the future for a person and those involved with him/her. Check it out
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
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