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Boy in the Water

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Publisher Comments:

A masterful psychological thriller, from the author of The Church of Dead Girls.

Another bucolic fall in northern New Hampshire, and the semester is under way at Bishop's Hill Academy. But this year the start of school has been less than tranquil. The new headmaster, Jim Hawthorne, has liberal ideas that the staff find far from welcome. He's also determined to do something about the long "tradition" of permanent loans to faculty of shovels, saws, even cars, from the school's supplies. Eloquent as he is on the subject of honor, rumor has it he's only taken this job to escape his past. And Hawthorne isn't the only uneasy newcomer. There's Jessica, a former stripper at fifteen, and Frank LeBrun, a replacement cook who's a bit too quick with a dirty joke. All three have secrets to conceal, memories to suppress.

Serene on the surface, the ivy-clad, tree-lined campus gives few clues to the school's history of special privileges, petty corruptions, and hidden allegiances. But as autumn advances, the affable smiles and pretenses of virtue wear thin. And as winter closes in, students, teachers, and staff get an education in savagery and murder. With his customary uncanny awareness of the intricacies of human nature, the acclaimed author of The Church of Dead Girls once again probes the daily life of an ordinary community to reveal the depths of good and evil.

Review:

"[A]bsolutely compelling....Like the best thriller writers, Dobyns not only scares us with what is out there but also with what we find (or don't find) within ourselves." Bill Ott, Booklist

Review:

"An enjoyably overstuffed thriller....[I]t's not [the] subtle characterization that will most please readers. More likely, they'll simply lean back and luxuriate in this clever tale's outrageously entertaining melodramatics." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Prepare for plenty of flickering lights, gothic gore, fake hauntings and prep school horror....Dobyns, a poet and literary critic, writes stylishly and creates an atmosphere both claustrophobic and catastrophic." Ann Prichard, USA Today

Review:

"[Dobyns's] prose is fluent and the plot races along like clockwork." Erik Burns, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Dobyns's new novel succeeds, though it still does not top The Church of Dead Girls. As usual, Dobyns fleshes out mundane, real-world characters." Library Journal

About the Author

Stephen Dobyns is a poet, literary critic, and the author of the "Saratoga" mystery series. His most recent novel, The Church of Dead Girls is available from Owl Books (0-8050-5104-X). He lives near Boston with his family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805060201
Author:
Dobyns, Stephen
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Preparatory schools
Subject:
Good and evil -- Fiction.
Subject:
Preparatory schools -- New Hampshire -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective / General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
19990615
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
406
Dimensions:
9.32x6.42x1.41 in. 1.54 lbs.

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Product details 406 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805060201 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]bsolutely compelling....Like the best thriller writers, Dobyns not only scares us with what is out there but also with what we find (or don't find) within ourselves."
"Review" by , "An enjoyably overstuffed thriller....[I]t's not [the] subtle characterization that will most please readers. More likely, they'll simply lean back and luxuriate in this clever tale's outrageously entertaining melodramatics."
"Review" by , "Prepare for plenty of flickering lights, gothic gore, fake hauntings and prep school horror....Dobyns, a poet and literary critic, writes stylishly and creates an atmosphere both claustrophobic and catastrophic."
"Review" by , "[Dobyns's] prose is fluent and the plot races along like clockwork."
"Review" by , "Dobyns's new novel succeeds, though it still does not top The Church of Dead Girls. As usual, Dobyns fleshes out mundane, real-world characters."
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