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The Burn Palace

Dobyns, Stephen, 1941- (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Penguin Putnam
The sleepy community of Brewster, Rhode Island, is just like any other small American town. It’s a place where most of the population will likely die blocks from where they were born; where gossip spreads like wildfire, and the big entertainment on weekends is the inevitable fight at the local bar. But recently, something out of the ordinary?perhaps even supernatural?has been stirring in Brewster. While packs of coyotes gather on back roads and the news spreads that a baby has been stolen from Memorial Hospital (and replaced in its bassinet by a snake), a series of inexplicably violent acts begins to confound Detective Woody Potter and the local police?and inspire terror in the hearts and minds of the locals.

From award-winning author Stephen Dobyns comes a sardonic yet chillingly suspenseful novel: the literary equivalent of a Richard Russo small-town tableau crossed with a Stephen King thriller. The Burn Palace is a darkly funny, twisted portrait of chaos and paranoia, with an impressive host of richly rendered, larger-than-life characters and a thrilling plot that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.


Baker & Taylor
When a Rhode Island nurse discovers that an infant left in her charge has been abducted, detective Woody Potter embarks on a baffling case with ties to a dead insurance investigator, a local Wiccan sect, a yoga center and a growling funeral director. By the Pushcart Prize-winning author of The Church of Dead Girls.

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When a Rhode Island nurse discovers that an infant left in her charge has been abducted, detective Woody Potter embarks on a case with ties to a dead insurance investigator, a local Wiccan sect, a yoga center, and a funeral director.

Authors: Dobyns, Stephen, 1941-
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen Dobyns
Title: The burn palace
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2013
Characteristics: 464 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject Headings: Detectives Rhode Island Fiction
Topical Term: Detectives
LCCN: 2012028038
ISBN: 9780399160875
0399160876
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY D
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Mar 13, 2013
  • moviefan01 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A well-written police procedural/
traditional "whodunit." Dobyns writes in a clear, understandable voice and
has a nice use of the first person plural "we," which adds a touch of "A
Rose for Emily." Only drawback: Way
too many cops for Rhode Island!!

"When a Rhode Island nurse discovers that an infant left in her charge has been abducted, detective Woody Potter embarks on a baffling case with ties to a dead insurance investigator, a local Wiccan sect, a yoga center and a growling funeral director." March 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=609367

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