Leopold Jensen has a gift.
He can read people very well.
When Leo, a butcher and inveterate wanderer, stumbles upon the small town of Amicable, Iowa, he finds that they have a gift also.
They can hide things very, very well.
After Leo meets Rhonda Redman, a local woman with a past, he must decide whether to stay in Amicable and find a new and happier version of life, or get back on the road and avoid the pain of learning to stay.
As the complexities of small town life confront Leo, the residents and their friendly acrimony to strangers, Leo falls back on his gift.
But how far will he dare to fall?
Butcher is a work of fiction describing the travails of a wandering butcher who has the gift of reading people. Throughout the course of the novel, the reader will find herself or himself immersed in the idiosyncrasies of American small town life and the immensity of emotions that come as worlds collide.
Butcher is filled with humor, intrigue and dashes of psychological mystery that captivate the reader to want more. Butcher is the first book in the series entitled The Amicable Circle. The next two books are Baker, and, of course, Candlestickmaker.
Great read from a debut novel
I'll admit, I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if I weren't from the same small Iowa hometown as the author went to school. But I am glad I did.
The "Butcher" moves to this small Iowa town and little by little things start to change. But since the secretive butcher is an "outsider" in the view of the residents some want to see him return to where he came from.
This character-driven novel is a delightful read, whether you are from a small town or not. The author brings the characters to life and you feel that you know each person. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
The author has a true understanding of human nature - the desirable qualities along with the less desirable. Whether you are from a small town or a city, you will enjoy the development of truly accepting the personal traits of neighbors and friends. And you’ll even have a chuckle or two!
If you come from a small town, you might "recognize" some of the characters. It is obvious that this telling is an exaggeration of the best and the worst of small town. It made me smile often and occasionally chuckle out loud. Kuddos to the author on his insight and apparent love for small town life.