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The Burn Palace

The Burn Palace

Book - 2013
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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: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780399160875
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 24 cm


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JCLHelenH Oct 25, 2016

A perfect combination of creepy atmosphere, genuine and likable characters, and police chasing after a nebulous perpetrator.

Mar 13, 2013

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!!

ChristchurchLib Mar 11, 2013

"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

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