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  • Author:
    Stephen Dobyns
  • ISBN:
    014028012X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0140280128
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  • Publisher:
    Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Mystery
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  • Rating:
    4.5
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Items related to Saratoga Strongbox: A Charlie Bradshaw Mystery Starring. Dobyns, Stephen Saratoga Strongbox: A Charlie Bradshaw Mystery Starring Victor Plotz (Racetrack Mystery). ISBN 13: 9780140280128. It's that unblushing reprobate Victor Plotz who narrates the tenth of the Charlie Bradshaw Saratoga novels (Saratoga Fleshpot, 1995, et., which means a point of view unredeemed by anything resembling a moral stricture. Plotz, 65, with a libido ever young-ask his inamorata Rosemary Larkin, . the Queen of Softness-has never seen the lofty principle he'd give the time of day. ``

Victor Plotz, the shameless sidekick of Charlie Bradshaw, longtime star of Stephen Dobyns's mystery series, manages to offend everyone but the reader in this pitch-perfect and sometimes novel.

Victor Plotz, the shameless sidekick of Charlie Bradshaw, longtime star of Stephen Dobyns's mystery series, manages to offend everyone but the reader in this pitch-perfect and sometimes novel. Victor agrees to collect a suspicious suitcase in Montreal for miserly old man Weber.

Saratoga Strongbox: A Charlie Bradshaw Mystery Starring Victor Plotz (Racetrack Mystery). I last read Stephen Dobyns' Saratoga mysteries about twenty years ago, then foolishly lost track of him. A friend loaned me this trilogy recently, and he is as good as ever, and I find myself appreciating him even more than I used to. He can bring the most minor character to life in a few sentences, and his two main characters, Charlie Bradshaw and Victor Plotz are real, with funny dialogue and a realistic relationship. The Saratoga stories follow the life and times of Charlie Bradshaw, a Saratoga policeman of 20 years in the first one, who eventually resigns from the force and becomes a private detective. Charlie is a likeable man, and it is easy to care about what happens to him. Other characters are eccentric, bull-headed, flamboyant, shifty, criminal, caring greedy or stupid, as fits the story, but always interesting. These books develop Charlie's story across the series, as well as each being a stand-alone mystery.

Stephen Dobyns is nothing if not prolific: Saratoga Strongbox is his 13th novel in 12 years, and the 10th in his acclaimed Charlie Bradshaw series.

A Charlie Bradshaw Mystery Starring Victor Plotz (Racetrack Mystery Series). Published July 1, 1999 by Penguin (Non-Classics). Fiction, Charlie Bradshaw (Fictitious character), Private investigators, In library. New York (State), Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs (.

Stephen J. Dobyns (born February 19, 1941) is an American poet and novelist born in Orange, New Jersey, and residing in Westerly, RI. Dobyns was born on February 19, 1941 in Orange, New Jersey to Lester . an Episcopal minister, and Barbara Johnston. an Episcopal minister, and Barbara Johnston Dobyns. Dobyns was raised in New Jersey, Michigan, Virginia, and Pennsylvania

His tenth mystery takes private eye Charlie Bradshaw and his sidekick, Vic Poltz, to Montreal to find a suitcase worth two thousand bucks, an expedition that leads them to a karate kid, a stripper, and a shady operator. Reprint.

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The Saratoga stories follow the life and times of Charlie Bradshaw, a Saratoga policeman of 20 years in the first one, who eventually resigns from the force and becomes a private detective. Charlie is a likeable man, and it is easy to care about what happens to him. Other characters are eccentric, bull-headed, flamboyant, shifty, criminal, caring greedy or stupid, as fits the story, but always interesting.
These books develop Charlie's story across the series, as well as each being a stand-alone mystery. I think it is best to start with the first one and move through them in order, although you could pick one up part way through the series without becoming confused. I don't think these books set the world on fire, but they keep you engaged and interested to the end, and leave you feeling like the world is not such a bad place, in spite of some of the bad things that happen in it.
In this book, Victor Plotz once more gets into trouble by trying to make a quick buck, and once more Charlie has to get him out of it. This time, Victor's troubles get him the attention of the mob, as well as various low-life characters, including a failed jockey and his gorgeous, snaking dancing girlfriend.
The book description on Amazon describes this as a "caper" and that is an apt term. There are multiple characters, all with their own selfish and venal reasons for wanting a piece of the action. Everyone is trying to get their hands on a case full of cash, and there is an extended scene in which the case passes hands like the parcel at a kid's birthday party, only the music doesn't seem like it is ever going to stop. There is also a lovely, lovely sub-plot with Victor becoming worried that his main squeeze, Rosemary, (the 'Queen of Softness') might have another man, which is cleverly and hilariously dovetailed with the main storyline right at the very end of the book.
This is definitely my favourite in the series. It seems it may be the last, and if so it is a good way to go out. If you have read the other books but thought that the last few in the series were a bit weaker and are wondering whether to bother with this one, then please do - you won't be disappointed.
the monster
Being a Saratoga resident, I must say Mr. Dobyns continues to capture the spirit of this upstate New York City. He also weaves a wonderful story filled with colorful, baffling, irritating, endearing and just plain fun characters. Victor (call me Vic) narrates with a zest for not only storytelling, but a sharp cynicism that sparkles. A great job. Can't wait til the next!
Kirimath
The latest offering is as consuming as the previous entries. Using Victor(Vic) is always welcome as a narrative. Having visited Saratoga on several occasions adds to the excitement: I can envision Charlie, Vic, Eddie and Steel and Clover, tearing up the streets!
Jay
You are only 1 click away from ordering the latest offering from Stephen Dobyns. Charlie and Victor are at their usual best; a page turner that I read in two sittings; a must for those who've read the previous "Saratoga" series!
Gathris
Readers of this first-rate series are always entertained by Charlie's irrepressible sidekick Victor. In this outing, Victor takes over as narrator, and, as you might expect, the results are disastrous for Saratoga but highly entertaining for the reader. I love this series and keep it on my Kindle because it's the kind of book you can pick up any time you're stuck in a doctor's office or airport and need a light touch. The author is also an acclaimed poet who deploys each word for the maximum effect. Always a pleasure!
Ranenast
OK Saratoga mystery, they're a bit formulaic but charming
Nuliax
I bought this book a while back and was happy to come across it. The mystery is light, nothing too scary or deadly, but it is entertaining. I am from the Saratoga Springs area, so it was nice to read about some references to the city and the surrounding areas in the capital region. Overall It's a fun book. I have yet to read the other mysteries in the series but I have a feeling I will enjoy them.
I have read all the "Charlie Bradshaw" mysteries. I feel that the later books are entirely too frivolous with Victor as the main character and narrator. They have a very different feel and it's not one that I like. When Charlie was the star of his own books and Victor his side-kick, the amount of humor was just right. Now the books are just too goofy!