The Burn Palace

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.
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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 231 x 46mm | 680g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0399160876
  • 9780399160875
  • 1,641,359

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"Using plain but always precise language, [Dobyns] plumbs the reservoirs of emotion lurking beneath the events of everyday life."-Bill Ott, "Booklist"
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