The Burn Palace

The Burn Palace

by Stephen Dobyns (2013)

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Horror fiction set in the fictional Rhode Island town of Brewster. Other, real life locations, like Providence, the Great Swamp, and Perryville, figure in the narrative. Teaser text:

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.

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