The Butcher's Theater

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER They call the ancient hills of Jerusalem the butcher's theater. Here, upon this bloodstained stage, a faceless killer performs his violent specialty. The first to die brutally is a girl. She is drained of blood, then carefully bathed and shrouded in white. Precisely one week later, a second victim is found. Crisp . . . suspenseful . . . intense. The New York Times Book Review From the sacred Wailing Wall to monasteries where dark secrets are cloistered, from black-clad Bedouin enclaves to labyrinthine midnight alleys, veteran police inspector Daniel Sharavi and his crack team plunge deep into a city simmering with religious and political passions to hunt for a murderer whose insatiable taste for bloodshed could destroy the delicate balance on which Jerusalem's very survival depends. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.

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By Margitte (Willowmore, South Africa, 06, South Africa) · ★★★★★ · May 14, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel.
"The Butcher's Theater they called the hills of Jerusalem. Terrain full of nasty surprises. It carved up soldiers and turned them into vulture fodder." (P.216)

This is the story of contemporary Israel: its people, cultures, religions, politics. Throughout the 882 pages, a potpou... ...more
By Skinneejay (Even Yehuda, 02, Israel) · ★☆☆☆☆ · April 13, 2013
Stop it. I can't take it. I won't let you do this. No, you've done it again. I can't believe it. How long? How much more? Until when? When will this end?

I can't take another page of characters speculating. I can't take another page full of a character's thoughts of what may or may not happen. I w... ...more
By Jennifer (Winchester, VA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 20, 2008
Those attempting to read this work are advised to keep a copy of a map of Jerusalem nearby. This book assumes a level of knowledge of both the city of Jerusalem and the structure of Israeli society and politics that I lack, and is moderately preachy on the PLO/Israeli conflict. Speaking personall... ...more
By Mitch (Jersey City, NJ) · ★★★☆☆ · August 10, 2014
I enjoyed this book a lot, some very unexpected turns, yet some expected turns. The backdrop is instrumental, late 70's Jerusalem, with all it's political distrust weighing heavily on the plot. I would have liked to know why the antagonist became the person he did. He was only described as weird... ...more
By Carol (Troy, NY) · ★☆☆☆☆ · July 25, 2011
Absolute crap -- the "evil" killer is the son of a Jewish doctor and a gentile woman. Apparently half-breeds are cursed by God? Kellerman is absolutely hysterical on the subject of Jews mixing with the lesser races. In fact, Dr. Terrific is much like the poor man's Joe Christmas, though I doubt K... ...more
By Rebecca (Hyde Park, NY) · ★★★★★ · September 02, 2010
Probably my favourite book by Jonathan Kellerman. Mystery set in modern day Jerusalem, and chilling to read. A serial killer is targeting young Arab women, and it's up to Daniel Sharavi and his team to find the murderer. Lots of psychological drama, details on Israeli daily life and a very vivid,... ...more
By Vanessa (Pretoria, 0157, South Africa) · ★★★☆☆ · January 30, 2013
As far as storyline, suspense and character development go, an excellent read. But rather shocked at the number of syntax and obvious repetitions. Where were the proofreaders? ...more
By Gardenia (New York, NY) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 06, 2009
I thought this book would never end. ...more
By Stephen (Pretoria, 11, South Africa) · ★★★☆☆ · December 27, 2010
I've read a few other crime novels by Jonathan Kellerman and found the palled after reading three of them -- they also seemed to be similar, and got more and more predictable. So I was a bit reluctant to start this one, because it seemed inordinately long, but I wanted some light bedtime reading... ...more
By aPriL eVoLvEs · ★★★★★ · October 29, 2012
This was authentic, dramatic, intense, well-written, exciting and absolutely the best book Kellerman has written. I couldn't put it down.

No Petra. No Alex. Instead, a completely different character, practicing Israeli Jew Daniel Sharavi, living at a crossroad of history, politics, culture and cr... ...more