Welcome to my tour stop for The Patron Murders by Edwin Wilson. The Patron Murders is a mystery and the tour runs March 1-11 with reviews, guest posts, interviews and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
About The Book:
Midway through rehearsals, a startling murder takes place thirty blocks away at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a trustee is discovered on the roof with a javelin thrust through his heart. Later, just prior to opening night, the admired and beloved producer of Matt’s play, Dorothy Tremayne, is found dead in the theatre’s darkened basement lounge.Ten days later, during a gala at the American Museum of Natural History, there is another murder far more sensational than the ones before. Working behind the scenes, Matt becomes deeply involved in solving all three cases. Meanwhile, he meets an intriguing, auburn-haired woman writing about the murders, and a romantic liaison develops amid the danger and suspense.
Set against the backdrop of the inner workings of New York City’s theatre, art, and cultural scenes, The Patron Murders is part detective story, part social novel, and a witty, incisive critique of the parvenues who attempt to gain acceptance in the old-line arts establishment.
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About the Author:
Author, teacher, critic, Edwin Wilson began his career as Assistant to the Producer for the Broadway play Big Fish, Little Fish directed by John Gielgud, and the film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook. He produced plays off-Broadway and coproduced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You directed by George Abbott. He also produced the film The Nashville Sound.Educated at Vanderbilt, Edinburgh, and Yale, he received the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by Yale. From 1972 to 1994 he was the theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal. For thirty years he taught at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. During the past four decades he has been the preeminent writer of college theatre textbooks in the U.S. His three books (two coauthored with Alvin Goldfarb) have sold nearly one million copies.
He has served as president of the Theatre Development Fund and the New York Drama Critics Circle, as well as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury.In the early 1990s, he conducted a series of ninety half-hour television interviews with theater artists ranging from George Abbott to Jerry Zaks, which appeared on CUNY-TV in New York and 200 PBS stations around the country.
The Patron Murders is Wilson’s first novel.
PLEASE WELCOME EDWIN TO BOOKHOUNDS!
- What is on your night stand?
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I would say it is much more the latter. I have a general idea of where the story and the characters are headed, but I like to allow for the unexpected, for the surprise, for the unplanned twist or revelation.
- What makes you cringe?
Cringe may too strong a word, but I’m always disappointed, and even turned off, when a writer takes the easy way out, or makes the dialogue, the action, or the reversals much too obvious. That’s no fun for anyone.
- What characters or plot developments are you most proud of in The Patron Murders?
Naturally, I like all my characters, but I particularly like Izzy the man in the garment district of NYC who sells bullet-proof clothes, Thomas Catlett (known as Tomcat) one of the suspects, and Dorothy, the independent minded, greatly admired theatre producer who is one of the murder victims. As for plot developments, any twist or turn that leads the reader in the wrong direction, if only temporarily.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I don’t know about a single word, but I do love to do the research on the background of the various characters: where they came from, what they did previously, how they changed course in their careers – sometimes drastically