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The Church of Dead Girls (SIGNED Plus SIGNED LETTER)

Dobyns, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0805051031 / ISBN 13: 9780805051032
Published by Henry Holt & Company, LLC, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Daniel Montemarano (Newfield, NJ, U.S.A.)

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1st Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED and inscribed by author on title page in year of publication: "For Dan- Thanks for all those years- Stephen Dobyns, Dec. 12, 1997." Also includes a laid-in SIGNED handwritten letter (ALS) from author saying he was pleased with success of book. Fine copy with associated letter. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006239

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Title: The Church of Dead Girls (SIGNED Plus SIGNED...

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, LLC, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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Suspicion, built on fear, old rumors, and old angers, grows out of control as three girls from the same small town mysteriously vanish. 40,000 first printing. Tour.

Review:

Despite its superficial resemblance to a whodunit, The Church of Dead Girls is not a conventional thriller. Don't expect it to be suspenseful. This is a literary horror tale--slow paced, contemplative, meticulous in its descriptions--about a formerly sleepy small town in which the crucial distinction between public and private life is dissolving as suspicion spreads like a toxin. The reader's guide to this process of corruption is a high school biology teacher--reserved, somewhat snotty, but a thoughtful man, and reliable in spite of his cynicism. He says, "It is dreadful not to be allowed to have secrets. Years ago I happened to uncover a nest of baby moles in the backyard and I watched them writhe miserably in the sunlight. We were like that." Ultimately you realize that the killer's identity, even the deaths of three girls, are small matters compared to the collapse of the town's very soul.

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