Saratoga Backtalk by Stephen Dobyns
(A Charlie Bradshaw Mystery)

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Morally flexible sidekick Victor Plotz takes centre stage in the eighth mystery for everyman detective Charlie Bradshaw in Saratoga Springs.

Wealthy stable owner Bernard Logan comes to Charlie and Victor for help, believing his young wife is trying to kill him. Three days later, a horse kicks him to death.

With Charlie away, Victor throws himself into solving the case himself, finding all manner of rats coming out of the woodwork who wanted Bernard dead. The question is, who did it?
 

About Stephen Dobyns

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Stephen Dobyns, author of eleven previous volumes of poetry and twenty novels, teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as numerous other awards. His novels include the Charlie Bradshaw Mysteries, the bestselling thriller The Church of Dead Girls, and the acclaimed new novel, The Burn Palace.
 
Published July 1, 1994 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 221 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Victor Plotz has dropped a bundle--his own money and his investment clients'--in the crash of '94, but the man is not without his resources: In a flash, thanks to his influential friend Charlie Bradshaw, he's decked out in a spiffy security- guard's uniform, keeping watch over the paintings decor...

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When Bernard Logan, major stockholder in family-held stable Battlefield Farms, wants to hire Charlie because he's overheard his wife, Brenda Stanley, plotting with her foreman and lover, Randall Hanks, to kill him, Victor extorts a $1,000 retainer from him, and before Charlie can tell Logan that ...

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PI Charlie Bradshaw goes undercover as a poet after noting that bad poems link several incidents--a jewelry heist, a nurse's mysterious death and a critic's terrorization.

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As usual, Vic Plotz, friend of the Saratoga PI and always on the lookout for an easy buck, assumes the burden of narrating this tale, in which he gets himself and Charlie into a fine mess involving an ambitious mobster, an old-time money man and his bumbling, love-struck son, a couple of deliciou...

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Charlie and Vic pick their way through tangled acts of venality and homicidal hatred, including one ingeniously plotted death, before Charlie solves the case.

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