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Saratoga Longshot: A Charlie Bradshaw Mystery Paperback – March 3, 1987

4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 1 of 10 in the Charlie Bradshaw Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Bradshaw Mystery
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (March 3, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140096272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140096279
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first in the Saratoga stories which follow the life and investigations of Charlie Bradshaw, a Saratoga policeman of 20 years in this first book, who eventually resigns from the force and becomes a somewhat reluctant 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 are good solid reads that keep you engaged and guessing to the end, and leave you feeling like the world and the people in it might be okay, in spite of the bad things that can happen.
This book has Charlie trying to find the wayward son of an old friend in New York, and falling honourably in love along the way. He finds out a lot about the missing man, more about himself, nearly gets both arrested and killed, but is really one step ahead of the NY police on the case all the time. A good read, with a sound mystery and characters you can take an interest in.
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This is a classic crime story, simultaneously the first book in Stephen Dobyn's Saratoga crime series, introducing Charlie Bradshaw and the almost legendary Victor Plotz, who get to each other, when Charlie is trying to track down a missing teenager from his hometown who has left for the Big Apple. I don't want to tell more about the plot, because I think telling more would be cheating on those brave readers outta there who want their books the same way John Travolta liked his steak in Pulp Fiction - "bloody as hell, just don't cook it!" - which means, translated into book-language: "shut up, I want to find out what it is about for myself, don't you dare to tell me something about the plot!"
The book description by Amazon is more than sufficient and if I tell you that this is a mystery book about crime and one cool cop, this has to satisfy you. I mean, read the book, you'll see what it's about soon enough.
The book is packing, has niveau and good writing and if you liked other books by Stephen Dobyns, read'it. If you've never heard of Stephen Dobyns before, read it. But if you want an earlier version of "Boy in the Water" or "Church of Dead Girls" forget about it. ALthough all of his books are about crime the setting in Longshot is completely different to the two books mentioned above. The main character is a small town cop, maybe somehow eccentric that old fellow, who lives for wild west legends and uses stories about them to explain situations in his own life. But don't worry, this is no book about gunslingers of the ol' wild west, but about one modern gunslinger, an open-minded, caring guy, who is stubborn and sticks to his promises - a cop from Saratoga Springs.
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An entertaining and fast-paced mystery, with surprisingly deep characters and plenty of wry humor. Saratoga Springs policeman Charlie (not Chuck) Bradshaw is a flawed but likeable and intrepid hero. When Charlie leaves his home to find a missing friend in New York City, he encounters a slew of colorful characters and must sort out which are friends and which are enemies before it's too late. The first entry in Stephen Dobyns' Saratoga series, this should be read before the others to get a clear sense of who Charlie and other recurring characters are.
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By M & W on January 16, 2014
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Good book, nice read! I enjoyed the story and was happy to see Dobyns' work on Audible.com. I'll check out the others!
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Format: Paperback
The first book in Dobyn's Saratoga series is actually 'Saratoga Swimmer,' 1981, I believe.
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