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.
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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.From Kirkus Reviews:
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 that reclusive, painfully shy Mulholland had fled alone to Mexico--takes a long second look at the surviving cast, and at the ghost of his old, unrecognizable self. Meanwhile, Charlie is waiting for Maximum Tubbs, an old gambler, to finish dying, and he's getting threatening letters from Virgil Darcy, a paroled bank robber who swore revenge when Charlie put him away. As usual, literate, melancholy Charlie (Saratoga Hexameter, etc.) stands head and shoulders above the faceless cast of suspects, who, here, mainly provide him with an excuse to ruminate about time and death. Who cares whodunit when it's coming to everybody? -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Penguin Books, New York, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. It's been years since Charlie Bradshaw traded in his badge and a steady paycheck for the hardscrabble life of a private eye. Now he's going through a midlife crisis of murderous proportions. A man he helped to convict twenty years ago has been paroled from prison and seems to be out to get him, if the death threats Charlie's been receiving are any indication. Another of his old cases resurfaces - along with a woman's skeleton - when Jacko's Pool Hall is bulldozed. And to top it all off, his long-time, one-in-a-million woman, Janey Burris, wants a commitment. So 'Saratoga Haunting' finds Charlie trying to outsmart the past while staying alive in the present - at least long enough to find out whether he's got a future with Janey. book. Bookseller Inventory # BT000238
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