Book Review: ‘Saratoga Payback (A Charlie Bradshaw Mystery)’

There’s an old saying if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. That’s how I feel about Saratoga Payback, the latest Charlie Bradshaw mystery, from Stephen Dobyns (Blue Rider Press; in stores Tuesday, March 14). It was just a book to me. One that I was pretty bored by the end of it.

Charlie Bradshaw is a retired cop and a former P.I. who in previous books had his license taken away for getting to involved in cases that the police were investigating. Now he just spends his time like any retired guy with his family, friends and doing things around the house.

That changes when one night at 3am while taking the trash out he finds a dead man in front of his house. Soon he unofficially starts investigating the case (since he can’t do it on the record) and is finding more clues than the police. He still shares with them and keeps getting warned not to interfere. The more digging he does, the more it’s figured out he’s part of a plan of a killer to take down a group that was responsible for the death of someone years ago. It all leads to a climatic finish which finds a few peoples live at stake and a fight to survive.

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