Saratoga Fleshpot by Stephen Dobyns
A Charlie Bradshaw Mystery

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When a rascally, high-priced mare named Fleshpot disappears from the Saratoga track under the nose of Victor Plotz, Charlie Bradshaw must help his roguish sidekick clear his name, leading to much mayhem and hilarity.
 

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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.
 
Published July 1, 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company. 220 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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 Bradshaw, tormented by the way he handled the case as a cop back in 1974--he persuaded his boss ...

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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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It’s that unblushing reprobate Victor Plotz who narrates the tenth of the Charlie Bradshaw Saratoga novels (Saratoga Fleshpot, 1995, etc.), which means a point of view unredeemed by anything resembling a moral stricture.

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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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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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