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The Burn Palace

Dobyns, Stephen (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Burn Palace


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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.--Publisher's description.
Authors: Dobyns, Stephen, 1941-
Title: The burn palace
Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press,, c2013
Characteristics: 464 p. ;,24 cm
Notes: "A novel"--Jacket
Summary: 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.--Publisher's description.
ISBN: 0399160876
9780399160875
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  • 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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