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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The Burn Palace
I liked this a lot. It's an American character study meets detective novel meets "supernatural" horror story. Very well done. I read the last 100 pages in one sitting because the pull to resolution was so strong. I've read a couple of other books by this author ('Cold Dog Soup' and 'The Wrestler's Cruel Study) and have enjoyed all of them equally.
I really enjoyed his twists and turns; also the ability to respect the role of the reader's imagination so no 'over explaining' Makes you work for it though.