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Dancer with One Leg

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A few weeks in the life of Frank Lazard, a lieutenant in the Boston Fire Department's Arson Squad--with overlapping cases, moody private-life troubles, and modest drama.
Paperback, 229 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Bantam Books (first published May 19th 1983)
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Sep 14, 2014 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book is a non-series Dobyns character-driven crime novel focused on arson investigation. The protagonist Frank Lazard is a prickly, downbeat guy -- now an arson investigator after having been badly injured as a fireman. The book has some narrative fat, including a sub-plot about an ex-con who is in deep trouble with a loan shark, and some detail for the sake of detail (e.g., a long, but interesting description of the Boston Fire Alarm Headquarters). These quibbles are minor. I really liked ...more
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Jul 08, 2014 C. James rated it it was amazing
Dobyns is a terrific writer -- one who can do a variety of styles and subjects. This should place him as one of our best, but he seems to be considered a "cult writer." I'd say the cult is composed of people who appreciate really good writing. Dancer is his best in what might be called "serious crime fiction" as opposed to "mysteries" or "whodunits"
Dancer takes on Arthur Miller subjects -- guilt and atonement, accountability. The central character is an arson investigator who has built his caree
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Dobyns was raised in New Jersey, Michigan, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He was educated at Shimer College, graduated from Wayne State University, and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1967. He has worked as a reporter for the Detroit News.

He has taught at various academic institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program
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