Saratoga Springs, the famous racing center, is again the setting for Stephen Dobyns´s eighth mystery featuring Charlie Bradshaw, local cop turned private eye. This time, since Charlie is about to go on jury duty, his off-beat sidekick, Victor Plotz - ´´a high-on-pragmatism, low-on-ethics kind of guy´´ - agrees to poke around when wealthy horse owner Bernard Logan is kicked to death by a horse. Logan´s death surely looks like an accident. Yet just a few days before, Logan had come looking for Charlie, convinced his wife wanted him dead. It soon turns out that a host of folks at Battlefield Farms don´t much like each other. Then rats start popping up all over the place. Before the case is closed, there´s plenty of mayhem and misdeed, including shenanigans at the race track. This is the kind of sophisticated, elegant story where Stephen Dobyns excels. And dedicated Dobyns fans need not fear; Charlie Bradshaw is very much on the scene. Once more the witty, moodily reflective investigator comes through as a ´´stand-up full-fashioned creation´´ (The New Yorker), with the irrepressible Victor Plotz as his perfect foil. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Behrens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008134/bk_adbl_008134_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like many Jews and Christians, David Plotz long assumed he knew what was in the Bible. He read parts of it as a child in Hebrew school, then attended a Christian high school where he studied the Old and New Testaments. Many of the highlights stuck with him - Adam and Eve, Cain versus Abel, Jacob versus Esau, Jonah versus whale, 40 days and nights, 10 plagues and commandments, 12 tribes and apostles, Red Sea walked under, Galilee walked on, bush into fire, rock into water, water into wine.And, of course, he absorbed from all around him other bits of the Bible - from stories he heard in churches and synagogues, in movies and on television, from his parents and teachers. But it wasn´t until he picked up a Bible at a cousin´s bat mitzvah - and became engrossed and horrified by a lesser-known story in Genesis - that he couldn´t put it down.At a time when wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, when the influence of religion on American politics has never been greater, when many Americans still believe in the Bible´s literal truth, it has never been more important to get to know the Bible. Good Book is what happens when a regular guy - an average Job - actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based.Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: How many commandments do we actually need? Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid? Good Book is an irreverent, enthralling journey through the world´s most important work of literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Plotz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000936/bk_adbl_000936_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.