Books by Stephen Dobyns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 >

Released: June 1, 1991

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. The Big One rocked southern Chile on May 22, 1960, to be followed by months of smaller quakes and tremors, mudslides and tsunamis. Read full book review >