Butcher's Road

Lethe Press
May 2014

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D E S C R I P T I O N

1932: Fortune and celebrity are years behind Butch Cardinal. Once a world-class wrestler, Cardinal now serves as hired muscle for a second-rate Chicago mobster. While collecting a parcel from a gangland lowlife, Cardinal witnesses the man's murder. Though wounded, he escapes the killers and flees into the night carrying the package. In it is a necklace with a metal pendant. Bent and scratched, the thing looks like a piece of junk, but the trinket is the reason a man died. It's the reason a lot of people will die. Finding shelter with another shamed wrestler in New Orleans, Cardinal embarks on search for answers that will reveal a world of metallic charms and weapons, all forged with unimaginable powers. Alone and outgunned, Cardinal must stand against the Chicago mobs, a brilliant and insane hitman, the police, and a mysterious order intent on retrieving their relic.


R E V I E W S

“From Chicago to New Orleans, Butcher’s Road is a long and winding road, unpaved and rough at times…but what a satisfying journey it is.” — John Boden, Shock Totem Magazine

“Butcher’s Road is tough and tender, with plenty of fight, sympathy and harsh beauty.” — Hellnotes

“Stoker- and Lambda-winner Thomas (The German) creates a heady blend of gangster noir and supernatural horror… Butch’s imaginatively realized world of gangsters, crooked cops, ruthless killers, and magic users is full of violence and cruelty, and is also intensely masculine...” — Publishers Weekly

“…Butcher’s Road [is] a hybrid in which Lee Thomas links the foul deeds of gangster stories to supernatural horror – changing our notions of both forms in the process…[He] provides a corker of an antihero in Butch Cardinal, a washed-up, foul-mouthed ex-wrestler whose glory days are just a fading memory.” — Faren Miller, Locus Magazine , June 2014

“Gritty, tense, this dark novel grabs hold of you by the lapels and doesn't let go once you begin. Thomas maintains a break-neck pace throughout…” — Keith Glaeske, Chelsea Station

“…A powerful, riveting thriller that will satisfy anyone’s hunger for compulsive reading.” — Jerry L. Wheeler, Out in Print