Saratoga Haunting

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Viking, 1993 - Fiction - 207 pages
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"It's been years since Charlie Bradshaw traded in his badge and a steady paycheck for the hard-scrabble but independent life of a private eye, but his past is catching up with him - with a vengeance. A man he was responsible for convicting twenty years ago has been paroled from prison and seems to be out to get him, if the death threats Charlie has been receiving are any indication." "As if that weren't enough, another of Charlie's old cases is proving that sometimes secrets refuse to stay buried. When the site of what used to be Jacko's Pool Hall is bulldozed to make way for the public library, the skeleton of a woman believed to have escaped to South America with embezzled funds literally comes to the surface. Although he's been off the force for ages, he feels morally obliged to solve the case." "To top it all off, his irreplaceable, irrepressible girlfriend, Janey Burris, wants a commitment. With his trademark humor, Stephen Dobyns sets Charlie to deciphering the past while staying alive in the present amid what is truly a cast of "characters," Saratoga-style - epitomized by his eccentric friend Victor Plotz and the ailing Maximum Tubbs." "Between the excavation of the past and the soul-searching of the present, the solutions to the mysteries of the human heart turn out to be just as satisfying as the unraveling of this deliciously complicated plot."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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When the skull of Grace Mulholland, an office manager who disappeared 18 years ago with $233,000 from the insurance company she worked for, turns up buried under Jacko's Pool Hall, private eye Charlie ... Read full review

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Series private eye Charlie Bradshaw, suffering relationship problems with Janie, delves into two cases resurrected after the discovery of a missing woman's skeleton. For another work by Dobyns, see The Wrestler's Cruel Study , reviewed on p. 119.--Ed. Read full review


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About the author (1993)

Stephen Dobyns was born on February 19, 1941, in Orange, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in 1964 from Wayne State University and an M.F.A. in 1967 from the University of Iowa. He was a reporter for the Detroit News and has taught at several colleges and universities including Sarah Lawrence College, Warren Wilson College, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He has written about ten books of poetry and twenty novels. His books of poetry include Concurring Beasts, Heat Death, Common Carnage, Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides, The Porcupine's Kisses, and Winter's Journey. He has received several awards including the Melville Cane Award for Cemetery Nights. His novels include Saratoga Haunting, The Wrestler's Cruel Study, Saratoga Fleshpot, The Church of Dead Girls, and Boy in the Water. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Eating Naked and a book of essays, Best Words, Best Order.

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