Santa Fe dead

Stuart Woods

Large print - 2008

Lawyer Ed Eagle had been the target of a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by his wife, Barbara, the ultimate black widow. After her trial Barbara escapes from police custody and Ed knows that his life and the life of his new girlfriend are in danger, as is that of any rich man unlucky enough to be lured into Barbara's web. To add to his troubles, Ed has taken on a new client, Don Wells, who may or may not have murdered his own wife and son.

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Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press 2008.
Large print ed
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440 p. (large print) ; 22 cm
Main Author
Stuart Woods (-)
Review by Booklist Review

Ed Eagle, one of Santa Fe's top criminal trial lawyers, has a wife who has pursued him like one of the Furies since Short Straw in 2006. The plot takes off, as gracefully as a pregnant goose, with Eagle watching a TV recap of the trial of his wife for a double homicide: the commentator tells viewers that Eagle and his wife met when Barbara (the baddie) was serving a sentence for armed robbery, got married (Eagle's judgment seems questionable here), and then, a few years later, Barbara absconded with all of Eagle's assets and committed a double murder of a couple whom she believed were Eagle and his new girlfriend. Eagle the character cannot survive without Barbara the avenger, so the next bit of TV information is that Barbara has just escaped from the courthouse. She's been acquitted, she's on the loose, and, once again, she's after Eagle. Absurd plotting and inane characterization, but Woods is one of those name-brand authors, like James Patterson, who has acquired legions of fans who will devour whatever their adored ones serve up.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2008 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller Woods's third thriller to feature prominent New Mexican attorney Ed Eagle (after Short Straw and Santa Fe Rules) opens with a bang, but soon devolves into a fairly predictable cat-and-mouse game. Ed and his girlfriend, actress Susannah Wilde, are watching the Los Angeles trial on Court TV of his villainous ex-wife, Barbara, who stands accused of arranging for his murder, when a reporter announces that Barbara has escaped from custody just before the not guilty verdict. Soon, suitably disguised and under an alias, Barbara contrives to meet a recent widower, Palo Alto billionaire Walter Keeler, at a luxury spa and has him proposing marriage and making a new will in her favor. Meanwhile, her hatred for her ex unquenched, Barbara schemes to have Ed and Susannah killed. Bodies, innocent and otherwise, pile up, but there's little suspense about the outcome, and an improbable coincidence involving the billionaire may strike some as a plot weakness. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Ed Eagle's wife once tried to kill him-and now she's escaped from police custody. With a national tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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