5 Aralık 2012 Çarşamba

THE BURN PALACE by Stephen Dobyns

by Stephen Dobyns
Şubat 2013
Penguin/Blue Rider (Dünya İngilizce Hakları)
Editor: David Rosenthal

* Stephen Dobyns’in BLACK DOG

RED DOG adlı eserinin film uyarlaması
James Franco'nun yönetiminde hazırlanmakta

Eserin Yayın Haklarının Satıldığı Ülkeler;

• Hollanda (Ambo-Anthos)

• Almanya (C. Bertelsmann

 (THE CHURCH OF DEAD GIRLS, BOY IN THE WATER) adlı eserin bestseller yazarı 

Stephen Dobyns'den konusu Rhode Island'da geçen yepyeni bir polisiye...Hastanede yeni doğan bir bebeğin beşiğinde bebek değil bir yılan vardır. Gizemli bir yabancı kafasından vurularak öldürülür. Çakallar sokaklara iner. 
Eyalet Polisi Woody Potter ve yerel bir grup araştırmacı ve gazeteci giderek bir karanlık ve kanlı bir hal alan olayların önündeki sıraları birer birer açığa çıkarmaya başlarlar....

Bu muhteşem romanımıza Stephen King'den gelen övgüler de dahil tüm övgüleri ekliyorum;

THE BURN PALACE by Stephen Dobyns (Blue Rider, February 2013 has received fantastic praise from Stephen King: 
        "I just finished The Burn Palace. I've read some very good novels this year, but this one is the best of the best. In a real sense, I didn't read it at all, after the first five pages; I entered the small-town world Stephen Dobyns creates with such affection, horror, and fidelity. I can imagine Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sherwood Anderson, and--yes--Grace Metalious rising to their feet in that special Writing Room of the Dead and giving Dobyns a standing ovation.        Dobyns has always been good, but this book is authentically great. The characters are vivid originals, not a stereotype among them, and the story pulled this reader in so completely that I didn't want the book to end, and actually did go back to re-read the first chapter. One of the characters, Bingo Schwartz, loves opera, and there's something operatic about this book. All the disparate plot-threads draw together in a smashing, full-volume climax. This one is the full meal, by turns terrifying, sweet, and crazily funny. By God, there's even a sex scene so hot it makes those 50 Shades books look like Little Women. I've written some "secrets of a small New England town" books, and in The Burn Palace, it's as if Stephen Dobyns is saying--very gently--"Hey Steve…this is how you really do it."
        One more thing.
 If ever there was a novel that demonstrates why this mode of entertainment remains healthy and vital more than 150 years after Charles Dickens did his thing, The Burn Palace is that book. It is, simply put, the embodiment of why we read stories, and why the novel will always be a better bang for the entertainment buck than movies or TV. Great story, great prose. Musical prose. You can't ask for more than this book gives. I loved it." --Stephen King

Author: Dobyns, Stephen

Review Issue Date: December 1, 2012
Online Publish Date: November 19, 2012
Publisher:Blue Rider Press
Pages: 480
Price ( Hardcover ): $26.95
Publication Date: February 7, 2013
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-399-16087-5
Category: Fiction
Atmospheric New England supernaturalism from not-Stephen King, but a latter-day disciple who deservedly earns the master’s praise.
Nurse Spandex is a size-10 woman in size-two garb, but that doesn’t keep her from making a career of seducing the docs on the floor of the Rhode Island hospital at which she works. Bad idea, since one fervent night a newborn goes missing from the incubator, with a big scary snake wriggling around in the baby’s place. Cue screaming and jiggling, for as Dobyns (Eating Naked, 2000, etc.) rightly and elegantly notes, “Surely fear is the oldest emotion. Not love, not pride, not greed. The emotion urging you to run is older than the one telling you to embrace.” True that. Woody Potter, world-weary local cop and damaged Iraq veteran, has not just the case of the substitute snake to worry about, but also that of a dead insurance agent. MacGuffins abound, but then so do red herrings: Does the key to the mystery lie in a local funeral-home denizen who has suddenly taken to communing with the coyotes and is a rather surly chap (“What the fuck would I hang a cat for?”), with the neighborhood Wiccan coven, with Ouroboros worshippers or with James Earl Jones in his Conan the Barbarian role? Well, the last doesn’t figure, but with Dobyns’ catholic approach to possibilities, he might just as well. Finally, Woody pulls together enough evidence to lead him in a different and altogether more sinister direction that, suffice it to say, may make a reader think twice about spending a night in the hospital. An utterly believable tale, and Dobyns isn’t above scaring the reader silly with surprise twists and turns.   
Nicely done—and you may never look at doctors the same way again.