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Dancing with the Dead

(1992)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
Lutz stumbles with this mystery set in the graceful world of ballroom dancing. St. Louis realtor Mary Arlington, whose mother is alcoholic and whose lover is physically abusive, lives for her mambo, cha-cha and tango lessons with Mel Holt at the Romance Studio. After kicking her lover out of her life and checking her mother into a detox center, Mary agrees to dance with Mel in the Ohio Star Ball, a major competition. Meanwhile in Seattle and New Orleans, women dancers resembling Mary are murdered. Rene Verlane, the husband of the New Orleans victim, insists the crime is related to his wife's dancing. Mary follows the case on TV and one night calls Verlane to offer her help in finding the killer. Together this long-distance team hunts down the killer who is stalking female dancers. With its lackluster characters and slack, far-fetched plot, the story generates little suspense and fails to capture the grace, style or passion of its white-glove setting.

Library Journal
A St. Louis woman finds escape from a boring job and abusive boyfriend by practicing for ballroom dance competitions, but becomes alarmed when an apparent serial killer murders two dancers who resemble her.

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for John Lutz's Dancing with the Dead

Hardback Editions

June 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dancing With the Dead (A Thomas Dunne Book)
Author(s): John Lutz
ISBN: 0-312-07693-2 / 978-0-312-07693-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Paperback Editions

September 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dancing With the Dead
Author(s): John Lutz
ISBN: 1-931755-16-7 / 978-1-931755-16-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mystery Vault Inc
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Dancing with the Dead
Author(s): John Lutz
ISBN: 1-5318-0420-9 / 978-1-5318-0420-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dancing with the Dead
Author(s): John Lutz
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Dancing with the Dead
Author(s): John Lutz
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Dancing with the Dead
Author(s): John Lutz
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dancing with the Dead
Author(s): John Lutz
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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