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The Man from Milwaukee

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  40 reviews
It’s the summer of 1991 and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has been arrested. His monstrous crimes inspire dread around the globe. But not so much for Emory Hughes, a closeted young man in Chicago who sees in the cannibal killer a kindred spirit, someone who fights against the dark side of his own nature, as Emory does. He reaches out to Dahmer in prison via letters.

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Published July 20th 2020 by NineStar Press
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I requested this novel because I’ve always had in interest in serial killers and especial Jeffrey Dahmer because the story unfolded before my eyes, although I’m not sure I want to admit that after reading this. Set in the early 1990s, Emory Hughes is also interested in Jeffrey Dahmer but not so much because of his unfathomable crimes, rather because he feels an empathy for him. Emory’s life is difficult. His mother is dying of AIDS, his sister dropped out of school supposedly to assist with her ...more
My #1 book of 2020.

If you’ve followed my reviews for any length of time you know my love for Rick R. Reed’s books. That love actually started with his horror not his romance. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to sit down and read a book, but when I saw this book was out, I couldn’t buy it fast enough.

I have a fascination with serial killers. I always wonder what makes them do what they do. I’ll never forget when Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested and his crimes brought to light. My very
Roberta Blablanski
The Man from Milwaukee was a pleasant surprise. I'm familiar with Reed's romances, and this was my first horror story by him.

The suspense was top notch, and I got chills during some parts of the story. Reed perfectly weaves the saga of Dahmer's arrest and trial with Emory's story.

One thing I love about Reed's writing is his ability to completely transport the reader to another decade. In the case of The Man from Milwaukee, the 90s are perfectly represented, from the trends to the attitudes to t
Joyfully Jay
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

There are two reasons I chose to read a book that features Jeffery Dahmer as one of the through-lines. First, my family relocated to Wisconsin in 1991 and, during a trip to the supermarket with my dad 1991 or 1992, some kid waltzed up to my dad and asked “Sir, are you Jeffrey Dahmer?” Second, the podcast Your’re Wrong About covered Jeffery Dahmer in an episode I listened to recently. Also, I just realized I share a birthday with the man…so there are these odd tangen
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok people. Seriously not in any way, shape or form is this a romance. At all. It’s in the time of Jeffrey Dahmer and his trial and murder and a fan who writes him and tries to emulate him in some way. There are triggers in this. It tells some of the gory details of Dahmer and his killing spree, it tells of one of the MCs obsession with Dahmer and how his brain is twisting by it, to the point of murder and kidnapping and attempted murder. If any of this is a trigger for you, please take care.
In a
Back in the summer of 1991, I was on a weeklong sailing trip around the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior and upon docking, we learned of Jeffrey Dahmer. Getting every gruesome detail in one fell swoop has always made this case feel overwhelmingly horrific and incomprehensible to me.

The Man From Milwaukee is set in Chicago in 1991 and Emory Hughes is fascinated by the grainy newspaper picture of tired, seemingly timid Jeffrey Dahmer. Shy, virginal Emory lives with his mother and sister, cares fo
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“I know he’ll come back. And when he does, you can be ready to make sure he doesn’t wander off into the fog again.”-Emory Hughes.

This is a disturbing and squirmish read for so many reasons. The dynamics of the characters and the somberly paced storyline are a few points worth mentioning, but ‘The Man from Milwaukee’ is so much more. Emphatically, it’s plot focuses on Emory Hughes , a strange and desolate Chicagoan who develops a crush on Jeffrey Dahmer during his apprehension and trial in 1991.
Mark Allan
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stunning novel. Reed tells a story of loneliness, obsession, madness, and ultimately redemption. That's not an easy trick to pull off. A lesser writer would have taken this premise, a man obsessed with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and turned it into some kind of twisted torture porn. Reed delivers a story that has scares and chills and suspense, but ultimately gives us something with more of an uplift, a story about the basic goodness of mankind. I can't say enough how those kind of diverted ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book by Rick R. Reed when he’s in thriller/horror mode is not for the faint of heart. What’s it say about this reader that those are the books that I enjoy the most by him? It’s probably best to not dwell on that – especially when I admit that he has a knack, especially in the case of The Man from Milwaukee, to make me sympathize with the “bad” guy in the story. *sigh*

To be fair, it wasn’t hard to sympathize with Emory, especially in the beginning of The Man from Milwaukee. He didn’t have it e
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
In The Man from Milwaukee we hear the story from more than one point of view. The Man from Milwaukee tells the story of how Emory Hughes and his sister Mary Helen’s mother is dying from Aids. Mary Helen stays home with their mother during the day while Emory works to support all three of them. Mary Helen sits on the sofa all day watching TV not once going in to check on their mother. Emory comes home after a hard day at the office to clean, feed and take care of their mother.

Emory is a man who
Tasmin Bradshaw
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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"Darkness had always been his friend."

This is a dark story, with a couple different (very different) Povs that make the story flow nicely.

Emory- is obsessed with Jeff Dahmer and writes letters to him. Emory is a lonely awkward guy with a troubled past.

Tyler- Is too kind for his own good. And wants to help Emory.

It's one of those stories you shouldn't enjoy reading, but yet you can't put it down either. It's not an easy story at all. But the relationship between Tyler and Emory is too interest
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WARNING: This book contains sexually explicit content, which may only be suitable for mature readers, deceased family members, kidnapping, violence/gore, attempted murder, and death of a parent.

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation
Another masterpiece in classic Rick Reed style. 
'The Man from Milwaukee' inspired by the story of the infamous serial killer -Jeffrey Dahmer makes for a perfect horror-thriller that will have you hanging off each word as the author weaves together a gripping tale filled with suspense, dread and interplay of human emotions.

What starts out as a harmless distraction, from his grim reality, soon turns into an alarming obsession in Emory's case as a means to cope with loneliness and repressed trauma.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who is Rick Reed? This book was amazing!
If you're into thrillers/crime with a touch of horror. This is for you!
This story takes place in Chicago (Chicago native here!) in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Emory Hughes is a introverted loner who, along with his sister, is caring for his dying mother. Emory, who is unsure of his own sexuality is oddly drawn to Jeffery Dahmer who has just made headlines for his brutal crimes. Emory feels a connection to Dahmer and begins to correspond with him via letters. He
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 Stars

The book opens in 1991, Chicago and is mainly centered on the life and times of Emory Hughes, a closeted gay man living in the north side with his mother and deadbeat sister, Mary Helen. Emory's mother is dying of AIDS contracted from a tainted blood transfusion. She's near death at the beginning of the book, lost in dementia and tearing her tiny family apart. Mary Helen has emotionally sealed herself off from her mother, barely caring for her at all while Emory works full-time to suppo
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rick R. Reed’s The Man from Milwaukee is different from everything I have ever read in terms of Horror and LGBTQIA+.
First, because the horror part dances around explicitness and indirectness, with a strong psychological factor in place. As per the LGBTQIA+ part, it is the first time I read a story in which homosexuality is handled 300% normally – as it should always be.
Although the story begins with the news of a serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, being arrested, the whole plot goes around Emory Hu
Robin Blankenship
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I decided to review this book because of the serial killer slant. I like the idea of interweaving real life with a fictional story line.

To be honest I did not know what to expect going into this book but I have to say this author is brilliant. It is smart, clever, engaging and such as well planned book.

It is set in Chicago on 1991 and involves the murders of Jeffery Dahmer.

Emory is such a traumatic character. It is a book that is hard to read and hard to put down. Enthralling is what I would
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
" Monsters are real. They live inside us. Sometimes they win."
-Stephen King

This story is set at the time when Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted for the murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991.

Emory Hudges has been obsessed with Jeffrey Dahmer ever since he read about him on the front page of the Chicago Tribune. He thinks he understands Jeffrey and is empathetic towards him.
Emory leads a hard life. His mother is diagnosed with AIDS and he has to work two jobs to support her an
Jan 25, 2021 added it
A solid thriller from Rick R. Reed. The writing is crisp and fresh, and the characters are interesting. A lot of good suspenseful moments, twists, and guessing that might happen next.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I read it in 1 day as I couldn't put it down. I loved the whole story and found Emory to be a really creepy character yet still slightly rooted for him as he was so lonely. I enjoyed the twists and really liked all of the characters. It was gritty, creepy and reminded me alot of John Fowles- 'The Collector'. Brilliant book! ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was in junior high when the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer were discovered and prosecuted. I always found it interesting just because Milwaukee was so near to my home and it was sensationalist in our area for that reason. It was sensationalist in the whole country, of course, but more so in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan where "things like that just don't happen." I was young enough that I didn't really remember the specifics of his crimes, so I looked them up before I started reading this book. The w ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where to start this review? I think by saying I'm not sure how I would categorise The Man From Milwaukee. It's definitely not one of this author's romance novels. It doesn't really fit into my horror mould either, though that might be down to me consuming too much of that genre and being a bit desensitised. It is more of a psychological thriller for me, I guess...and a very good one at that.

Emory's journey (in terms of both his mental state and his relationships) is inextricably linked with the
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not a romance. A thriller set in the 90s, Emory is obsessed, completely fascinated with Jeffrey Dahmer. His home life is exhausting and depressing, he's apathetic towards his job, and he's deeply closeted. Tyler is a breath of fresh air, sweet and social, and very much the opposite of the older, quieter Emory.

There are some romance elements to this, but instead of the tension being built around whether they'd get a happily ever after together, I was honestly waiting to see if Emory reall
Ida Umphers
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I only knew Rick R. Reed from his romances, but I'm always curious to see what an author I know from one genre does in others so I decided to try this one. Be very aware, it is not a romance. It is the story of a young man who finds Dahmer and his crimes intriguing because he too is shy and wants to know how to get someone he cares about to stay with him forever. I found it a moving and very sad read. Emory needs a great deal of psychological help, Tyler needs a more finely tuned sense of danger ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
To me this is not so much a thriller although it has its moments, but more a sad story of a lonely young man slowly (or maybe fast - depends on your point of view) sliding into madness. Can he find himself (because he never did) or is it too late, for him and everyone around him? I can't say that I agree with some decisions the characters made or even understand or like them, because they go against my nature, but that aside it's a memorable read. The writing is excellent, the plot slowly builds ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold on to your sanity

This book has so many thoughts to unlock. It is a deeper book than what I normally read, but hey-it caught my attention. I honestly am still kinda thrown for a loop, but I also am still figuring out things. One key takeaway I got was that people do questionable and crazy things for people they love. This story does leave the reader with much to think about. I did enjoy the timeline and found it to be a big draw the deeper I went into the story. The characters are heartbreak
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review was an ARC; however it is an honest review on my part. I initially requested this ARC because of my interest in true crime and serial killers. This is my first book by Mr. Reed; but it wont be my last.

You have a slow introduction to all the key players of this story, expect for Dahmar, your introduction to him is quick and on page one. Emory is introduced next, then his family, and lastly Tyler.

This book is a great thriller. If you like true crime and the mystery/thriller thank you
Janet Hunt
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
What did I just read?!? This is set in the time of Jeffrey Dahmer, and Emory is obsessed with him. He soon writes him letters in prison. The letters help him to escape all the turmoil in his life. Emory soon begins dating Tyler. Tyler thinks at first that they could have something special, but as he gets to know Emory he wants to run for the hills. This was definitely a suspenseful psychological thriller! I was hooked into the pages as soon as I picked it up, it was well written and very much he ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book written by Rick R Reed I've ever read and I was pleasantly surprised. I was not sure about the topic, but after I started it, the plot trapped me and I couldn't stop until the very end. The book is difficult to read and has many situations that can cause angst and some stress, but it is also one of the most captivating books I've read lately. I am not sure how much I can tell you without spoil anything, so I am only going to say that this book is an intriguing masterpiece ...more
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