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Stuart Woods

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New York : Putnam's 2001.
Physical Description
326 p. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Stuart Woods (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Stone Barrington, the ex-cop turned lawyer-private investigator, returns in an adventure that brings back old friends and enemies. When millionaire Thad Shames asks Barrington to go to Palm Beach to track down a mysterious woman he met at a party, Barrington sees the mission as little more than a wild goose chase. But quarters on Shames' yacht and the company of Shames' attractive assistant, Callie, sweeten the deal, and Barrington agrees to take the case. To his surprise, it doesn't take long to find the woman, but it's an even bigger shock to him to discover that she is Allison Manning, now calling herself Liz, whom he helped when she was accused of killing her husband (Dead in the Water, 1997). That husband is still very much alive, and Liz wants to pay him to leave her alone with some of the money from the insurance scam they pulled off together. But finding him turns out to be much harder, although it seems apparent that he's in town when Liz's house is vandalized. Barrington calls on his old partner, Dino, for help with the search, and together they zero in on a likely suspect. But is he the man? Even Liz isn't sure. Although there is a lot of backstory here from the other novels featuring Barrington, readers new to the series shouldn't find it difficult to get into the tale. And Woods' many devoted fans will be glad to see Barrington back in action in this page-turning caper. ((Reviewed March 1, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Investigator Stone Barrington spots a woman he thought was dead, then helps her fend off a bad insurance fraud rap and a bevy of stalkers. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In the seventh thriller featuring cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington and his old sidekick NYPD Lt. Dino Bacchetti, the prolific and urbane Woods is at the top of his consistently bestselling form. In the middle of a New York City blizzard, Thad Shames, a wealthy computer tycoon, offers Stone a small fortune and the opportunity to escape the arctic cold if he will fly to glitzy Palm Beach, Fla., and find a femme fatale Shames knows only as Liz. With the help of Callie Hodges, Shames's sensual young Girl Friday, Stone wastes little time finding Liz, but discovers she is really Allison Manning, a woman he saved from the gallows a few years back (Dead in the Water, 1997). Now known as Elizabeth Harding, she fears her first husband a murderer who Stone believed had been executed is alive and may be stalking her. Not to be deterred from wooing and wedding Liz, Shames asks Stone to protect her. Stone himself is besieged by women: first, the delectable Callie, then his old girlfriend Arrington Calder (L.A. Dead, 2000) and finally, Liz, who suggests a ménage à trois with Callie. In the midst of these amorous adventures, Stone consults Dino back in New York, trying to ID a man who fits the stalker's description, and Dino flies in just in time to be involved in a shootout in a Worth Avenue restaurant. Loaded with perfumed sex, sleek jets and yachts, lavish homes, boutiques, gourmet cuisine, quirky twists and nonstop action, Woods's pulpy pedestrian plot is grand fun. Simultaneous audio. (Apr. 23) Forecast: As frothy as ever, but more carefully plotted than L.A. Dead, Woods's latest should scale the charts, given a hefty boost by the book clubs (Doubleday and Mystery Guild main selections; BOMC and Literary Guild alternate selections), a national ad/promo campaign and a 15-city author tour. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A thriller set on the Gold Coast of Florida finds street-smart former cop-turned-private investigator Stone Barrington on the trail of an elusive stalker who seems to be able to mimic people at will and who is targeting Allison Manning, a woman Stone had thought dead. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Former cop-turned-private investigator Stone Barrington finds himself on the trail of an elusive stalker who is targeting Allison Manning, a woman Stone had thought dead, before he can clear her of a charge of insurance fraud.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Stone Barrington gets reacquainted with a long-buried case and an ex-lover in this electrifying thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.Luxuriating in Palm Beach's winter warmth, Stone is stunned to recognize someone he thought was dead. Former client Allison Manning is alive and well—and suddenly very rich. Now she needs Stone's help in squaring a charge of insurance fraud that's been hanging over her head for years—and in getting rid of a recently acquired stalker. Suspects abound, including an elusive writer, an enigmatic businessman, and Allison's devious former husband. Only Stone can thwart the sly and greedy plan to steal the millions of dollars at stake—and the crafty killer behind it...