Books by Stephen Dobyns

IS FAT BOB DEAD YET? by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fat Bob is, too. And where did that head go, anyway? A lively, laugh-out-loud winner."
Another darkly comic whodunit from veteran novelist Dobyns (The Burn Palace, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE BURN PALACE by Stephen Dobyns
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Nicely done—and you may never look at doctors the same way again."
Atmospheric New England supernaturalism from not-Stephen King, but a latter-day disciple who deservedly earns the master's praise. Read full book review >
EATING NAKED by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Forget the overexplicit morals Dobyns tacks onto so many of these tales (e.g., 'Writing . . . took a jumble of information, arranged the pieces, and turned it into a mystery') and let them work their considerable magic."
Though it's taken a while for veteran poet/novelist Dobyns (Boy in the Water, 1999, etc.) to get around to his first volume of short fiction, the 16 stories here are well worth the wait. Read full book review >
BOY IN THE WATER by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1999

"More likely, they'll simply lean back and luxuriate in this clever tale's outrageously entertaining melodramatics. (First printing of 60,000)"
An enjoyably overstuffed thriller, set in the rarefied (and intrigue-laden) world of a New England prep school, from veteran writer Dobyns, author of the Saratoga mystery series and such interestingly different other novels as The Two Deaths of Sonora Puccini (1988) and The Wrestler's Cruel Study (1993). Read full book review >
SARATOGA STRONGBOX by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1998

"Farce is even riskier than satire, which, as everybody knows, is what closes on Saturday night."
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. Read full book review >
THE CHURCH OF DEAD GIRLS by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 1997

A brisk dip into the ice-cold waters of schizophrenia, nymphomania, and serial murder, by the author of Saratoga Fleshpot (1995), etc. Aurelia, New York, is one of those pleasant little towns that you need a good reason to visit and none at all to leave. Read full book review >
SARATOGA FLESHPOT by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1995

"Sleep well, Dick Francis."
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 decorating a Saratoga horse auction while Paul Butterworth, a bashful new shamus hired by one of his erstwhile clients' lawyers, keeps watch over him. Read full book review >
SARATOGA BACKTALK by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 18, 1994

"Just wait till you see him get rid of his biker tenants or head off an unwanted visit from his granddaughter."
Saratoga Springs PI Charlie Bradshaw's shifty-eyed sidekick, Victor Plotz, upstages him as both narrator and sleuth in this adventure, and oh, what a difference. Read full book review >
THE WRESTLER'S CRUEL STUDY by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"There are sluggish passages here, notably those involving the hairsplitting Disputants, but only a churl would linger over defects in a work that is so stunningly imaginative, so liberating in its sense of possibilities in life and art, and so much fun."
Two gorillas abduct a beautiful maiden from her Manhattan apartment; her fiancÇ, a celebrity wrestler, seeks her recovery. Read full book review >
SARATOGA HAUNTING by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1993

"Who cares whodunit when it's coming to everybody?"
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. Read full book review >
AFTER SHOCKS/NEAR ESCAPES by Stephen Dobyns
Released: June 1, 1991

"In addition, little Lucy's beautifully modulated voice brings the hitherto missing ingredients of compassion and tenderness to this eccentric mÇnage."
Make it new, said Pound, and Dobyns always does: this account of four extraordinary weeks in the life of a large Chilean family, sheltering from a series of earthquakes, is his best novel yet. Read full book review >