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The church of dead girls :a novel by Stephen Dobyns
The church of dead girls :a novel

Elspeth, January 21, 2011

The first Stephen Dobyns book I've read, and wow.

I was curious about the title, saw that it was a mystery, and bought it. Amazing! It's an anti-Our Town story, about the people inhabiting a small town during the time that several young girls disappear. The story is narrated by a high school teacher who grew up in the town and knows everybody--and many of their secrets. AND he has several interesting secrets of his own, which the reader gradually learns despite the narrator's apparent efforts to hide them. As suspicion grows that it's a local who is kidnapping (and probably murdering) the girls, the tight-knit community unwinds, as suspicion falls on one person after another: on the most vulnerable and defenseless, on local eccentrics, and on any and all "outsiders" at the local college.

The resolution is a shock. And much, much more is revealed than the identity of a killer. Crime (and sin) come in all shapes and forms.....
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