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Dobyns, Stephen 1941-

Overview
Works: 128 works in 578 publications in 11 languages and 27,363 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Suspense fiction  Western films  Drama  Short stories  Humorous fiction  Poetry  Detective and mystery fiction  Black humor 
Roles: Author, Signer, Interviewee, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3554.O2, 813.54
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The church of dead girls : a novel by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

59 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impact of murder on a small town in New York State where three girls are found dead in an attic, their hands cut off. The novel chronicles the growing mistrust that spreads through the town as everyone becomes suspicious of everyone else. By the author of Saratoga Fleshpot
The burn palace by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

22 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. From award-winning author Stephen Dobyns comes a sardonic yet chillingly suspenseful novel: the literary equivalent of a Richard Russo small-town tableau crossed with a Stephen King thriller. The Burn Palace is a darkly funny, twisted portrait of chaos and paranoia, with an impressive host of richly rendered, larger-than-life characters and a thrilling plot that will keep readers guessing until the final pages
Boy in the water : a novel by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

45 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his wife and daughter die in a fire, set by a jealous student, Jim Hawthorne takes a job as headmaster of a New England prep school. But escaping his past is not easy and here too murder comes his way
Is Fat Bob dead yet? : a novel by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witnessing a gruesome motorcycle accident in the seaport city of New London, Connecticut, newcomer Connor Raposo sees a strangely familiar man with an Elvis haircut at the scene and is embroiled in a small-time con operation
Next word, better word : the craft of writing poetry by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This writer's guide provides a helpful framework for creating poetry and navigates contemporary concerns and practices. The author, also author of the classic book on the beauty of poetry, Best Words, Best Order, moves into new terrain in this book. Bringing years of experience to bear on issues such as subject matter, the mechanics of poetry, and the revision process, he explores the complex relationship between writers and their work. From Philip Larkin to Pablo Neruda to William Butler Yeats, every chapter reveals lessons in these renowned poets' work. This work demystifies a subtle art form and shows writers how to overcome obstacles in the creative process.-- Provided by publisher
Best words, best order : essays on poetry by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anyone interested in the beauty and intricacy of writing will find pleasure in Best Words, Best Order
Saratoga snapper by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The two deaths of Señora Puccini by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is a night racked with violence in an unnamed Latin American country. Three men brave the war-ravaged streets to meet at the opulent home of a friend, the famed surgeon Daniel Pacheco, for their semiannual gathering. As a lavish meal is served by the sullen housekeeper, interest centers on the photograph of an intriguingly beautiful young woman. Spellbinding revelations of erotic obsession and betrayal unfold, interrupted by the increasing bloodshed that presses closer to Pacheco's door. Stephen Dobyns has written a provocative novel of desire, lust, depravity, and danger--a classic thriller that holds you tightly in its grasp until its shattering conclusion"--
Saratoga hexameter by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American short stories, 1999 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Amy Tan( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected, and most popular, of its kind
Saratoga strongbox : a Charlie Bradshaw mystery by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comic mystery featuring PI Charlie Bradshaw and his sidekick Vic Plotz, hired to collect a mystery box from Montreal. Sounds an easy way to earn two grand, in fact a Pandora's Box of troubles
Saratoga haunting by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Bradshaw's past on the police force comes back to haunt him as a paroled prisoner starts threatening him and a an old case is reopened when a body "comes to the surface."
The wrestler's cruel study : a novel by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's after midnight. Two gorillas are descending the side of a New York high-rise. Can that be? But this is only the beginning of Stephen Dobyns's dazzling new novel. Part quest (in pattern), part comic book (in tone), and chiefly an exploration of a young man's search for his missing fiancee, it deals with such matters as heroes, good and evil, wrestling, kidnapping, and subplots from the Brothers Grimm - all as regarded by an omniscient "camera eye". Come see Michael Marmaduke as he progresses from confused innocence to darker self-knowledge; meet Rose White and her sister Violet, along with Deep Rat, cops Brodsky and Gapski, and Primus Muldoon, manipulator of men, who calls on Nietzsche to draw aside the veil of illusion we hide behind. Stephen Dobyns has invented a compelling world where fun and puns mingle with daring make-believe, and larger-than-life characters play out the crucial human questions: How do we live? How do we handle our demons?
Saratoga backtalk by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Saratoga Springs, PIs Charlie Bradshaw and Vic Plotz investigate the death of a racehorse owner killed by a horse. The intriguing thing is that a few days earlier the man asked Bradshaw to find out if his wife and her lover planned to kill him. By the author of The Wrestler's Cruel Study
Saratoga headhunter by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best American short stories, 1995 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Jane Smiley( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected, and most popular, of its kind
A boat off the coast by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tucker Morgan, a Vietnam veteran and a casualty of life, wants to take his two-year-old son and find a ghost town where he can make his own rules. But his scam to make some quick money and run, runs into some ruthless and violent men
Saratoga payback by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs' most unusual and sardonic detective. Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator's license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry from his past life as Saratoga Springs' most successful everyman detective. So when Charlie discovers the sprawled corpse of Saratoga Springs' biggest nuisance on his sidewalk, the ex-P.I. is torn. Should he risk asking questions of his own, knowing he could easily be prosecuted for doing P.I. work without a license? Or should he avoid the trouble and spend his twilight years in peace? Well, the case was practically delivered to his doorstep ... Saratoga Payback, the latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's critically praised Charlie Bradshaw Mysteries, follows Charlie as he toes the line between concerned private citizen and practiced private eye. As he begins to look into the murder of the town pest, Charlie also finds himself entangled in problem that is purely Saratogian--a mission to rescue an old acquaintance's kidnapped horse. Wry, entertaining, and adroitly written, Saratoga Payback is an immensely satisfying addition to Dobyns's popular mystery series"--
The house on Alexandrine by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch( Visual )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Blake est un tueur malgré lui, traqué par les chasseurs de primes. Blessé, il est soigné par un Indien qui se lie avec lui. Ensemble, ils connaissent de nombreuses aventures. Blake est à nouveau blessé, cette fois mortellement. L'Indien va le placer sur une pirogue qui ira à la dérive. À ce moment, un chasseur de primes va surgir qui tuera l'Indien tandis que le bateau continuera à dériver
 
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The church of dead girls : a novel
Alternative Names
Stephen Dobyns Amerikaans romanschrijver

דובינס, סטיבן

דובינס, סטפן

スティーヴン・ドビンズ

ドビンズ, スティーブン

Languages
English (202)

German (16)

French (13)

Dutch (9)

Spanish (6)

Japanese (5)

Italian (5)

Polish (4)

Croatian (2)

Czech (2)

Hebrew (1)

Covers
Boy in the water : a novelNext word, better word : the craft of writing poetryBest words, best order : essays on poetryThe two deaths of Señora PucciniThe Best American short stories, 1999 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazinesSaratoga strongbox : a Charlie Bradshaw mysterySaratoga hauntingThe wrestler's cruel study : a novel