The Patron Murders by Edwin WilsonThe Patron Murders by Edwin Wilson

The Patron Murders

byEdwin Wilson

Hardcover | September 29, 2015

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Matt Johanssen, a dedicated stage actor in his early fifties, is currently rehearsing a play soon to open on Broadway. Through the years Matt, in addition to his work in the theatre, has also anonymously assisted the NYPD in solving a number of crimes.


While he is in rehearsals, thirty blocks away a startling murder takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where a trustee is discovered on the roof of the Museum with a javelin thrust through his heart. The dramatic nature of the crime reverberates through cultural circles in Manhattan. A few days later, during a rehearsal of Matt’s Broadway-bound play, the admired, beloved lady producer of the play is found dead in the darkened basement lounge of the theatre.


Ten days later, during a gala at the American Museum of Natural History, there is another murder of a museum trustee, this one far more sensational than the one before. Working behind the scenes Matt becomes deeply involved in solving all three murders. Meanwhile, he encounters an intriguing, auburn haired woman writing about the murders, with whom he becomes involved.


Set against a background of the inner workings of the theatre, as well as the arts and cultural scenes in New York City, The Patron Murders is part detective story, part social novel, and part a witty, incisive critique of the relationship of recently acquired fortunes to the old-line arts establishments of the City.

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 later co-produced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You, directed by George Abbott and produced the film The Nashville So...
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Title:The Patron MurdersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Easton Studio Press, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1632260425

ISBN - 13:9781632260420

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“A smashing debut! The Patron Murders is a diabolically witty mystery that begins as a classic backstage murder before spinning into the ether where New York’s leading patrons of the Arts are most inventively and gruesomely dispatched. The Art World trembles! Thanks to a gentleman actor doubling as detective (Shades of Lord Peter Wimsey), who mourns a mythical past where things like this never happened and who also has a knack for using the latest technology, he solves the case most satisfactorily. Wilson’s intimate knowledge of the way New York works pays off with an ending right out of Moliere’s Misanthrope. I believe reviewers in another time would call this ‘A delicious romp.’ I call it ‘A very good read.’”—John Guare, playwright, author of The House of Blue Leaves; Six Degrees of Separation; and Landscape of the Body; member of The Theatre Hall of Fame.“An actor becomes an amateur sleuth in Ed Wilson’s New York–savvy detective story, an entertaining blend of Law & Order and a bold-faced version of the real world. Only the solution to several murders will reveal which among the characters are genuine art and theatre lovers and which are the fat-cat phonies and Johnny-come-latelies. Kudos to Wilson for his sparkling debut, a thriller with a social conscience and a sense of humor.”—Molly Haskell, film critic, author of From Reverence to Rape; Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited; Holding My Own in No Man’s Land; and My Brother My Sister.“Put on your tux, pour yourself a gin, and turn up the Cole Porter . . . From start to finish Edwin Wilson has masterfully conjured a riveting detective mystery for the smart set. It is a captivating tale of murder and intrigue that will take you on an unforgettable journey through Manhattan’s finest locales and High Society.”—Adam Van Doren, artist, writer, author of An Artist in Venice and Homes of American Presidents: The House Tells the Story.“A vivid and informed reflection of the actor’s life on stage and off, The Patron Murders is a classic fusion of narrative tension, engaging characters, and a richly textured review of contemporary culture, business, and moral values. A murder-mystery as enlightening as it is entertaining.”—Sidney Offit, editor, teacher, author of Memoir of a Bookie’s Son and Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen; Curator Emeritus of the George Polk Awards.