Dancing With the Virgins A Crime Novel

By: Booth, Stephen

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"She was spread against the ground in a final arabesque, in a fatal pirouette or the last fling of an abandoned tango....A dead woman dancing. She looked like a dead woman, dancing."

Stephen Booth, one of the most acclaimed new voices in crime fiction, takes us to a remote region of northern England where a prehistoric ring of stones, the Nine Virgins, harbors a dark legend. With winter looming, a tenth figure soon joins the circle: the body of young cyclist Jenny Weston, whose limbs are carefully arranged in death to parody a woman dancing.

Weeks earlier, another woman, Maggie Crew, was attacked nearby, her face savagely cut open. Is there a maniac on the loose, knifing women at random? Maggie may hold the answer, but she has no memory of the attack. The painful images are buried deep in her wounded psyche. It will take time and patience to convince Maggie to face the demons of her past.

But are the two crimes -- Jenny's murder and Maggie's assault -- linked by something other than geography? Was there a prior connection between the two women? Why was Jenny cycling alone on that cool November day? What precious object did she carry in a pouch around her waist? And what of other mysterious people in the region -- two drifters who practice strange rituals, a Peak Park ranger with a shameful secret, a desperate farmer whose own children fear him?

Detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry struggle to make sense of a motiveless murder and of their own relationship, which increasingly seems past repair. Where once there was attraction, now there is antagonism. But personal problems must wait. The moors have witnessed more bloodshed than either Ben or Diane realizes, andviolence is to beget more violence before Jenny's killer is found.

A brooding, stylish psychological thriller, deeply evocative of a very special place, "Dancing with the Virgins" confirms Stephen Booth's reputation as a gifted author of richly nuanced crime fiction.

Title: Dancing With the Virgins A Crime Novel

Author Name: Booth, Stephen

Categories: Crime Fiction,

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

Publisher: New York, Scribner: 2001

ISBN Number: 0743216903

ISBN Number 13: 9780743216906

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: fine Jacket

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 000231

Description: 381 pp. 8vo. Signed by author on title page. Tight and unread. Jacket is protected by an archival Brodart cover.

Keywords: Collectible - Like New; Signed; First Edition; Dust Jacket - Like New,