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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451204115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451204110
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,152,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stone Barrington, an ex-cop-turned-lawyer, becomes caught between a woman abandoned on the altar and another suspected of murder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Smith on 20 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a Stone Barrington novel, and appears to have received critical acclaim, largely reinforcing my long-held view that the more complimentary the quotes on the cover, the worse the book inside. In fact, it's not actually that bad, though quite why the author insists on giving some of the principal characters bizarre names - one of the female leads is a woman called Arrington, for example - is something of a mystery.
The dialogue, on the whole, is somewhat clumsy, characters making speeches rather than conversation, but my biggest problem was Stone Barrington himself, who ambles through the book, leaping into bed with any available woman - including the most elusive of Hollywood film stars - despite having just got married and leaving his new wife, for whom he's taken an apparently instant and irrational dislike, almost literally at the altar. And, of course, he's an enviable sexual athlete, making love half a dozen times or more in a single night.
There are minor plot inconsistencies, like Barrington knowing something despite the fact that the only person who could have told him was already dead, and sometimes acts in unusual ways, immediately broadcasting to all and sundry information given to him in the strictest confidence.
I think the biggest problem with this book is that Barrington isn't really much of a hero. Things happen around him, but he doesn't do a lot to make them happen. I also got a bit tired of what might be termed the 'James Bond syndrome', Barrington living on an almost exclusive diet of lobster and expensive wine, flying everywhere in private jets, driving around in a Bentley, and being instantly recognised by almost everyone. This aspect did nothing to counter the book's inherently unrealistic flavour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am sooo glad Mr. Woods has brought back the Character Stone Barrington. This book is much better than his last book 'The Run.' Stone Barrington is in Italy getting ready for his marriage to Dolce, the daughter of a Mafia kingpin. At the last minute, he gets a call from the police in Los Angeles, saying that Vance Calder, Arrington's new husband, has been murdered and that Arrington is the main suspect. (If you don't know who Arrington is at all, then you need to start with the earlier Stone Barringon novels or you will be confused!) Stone dashes out of Italy and arrives in Los Angeles. Stone along with Dino Bachetti, his old partner and friend, must prove that Arrington is innocent and discover who the killer is before someone else dies. The only problem is that Dolce, Stone's fiance, is incredibly mad at Stone and she even gets a little violent. You will be shocked by the ENDING!
Also recommended: 'A Tourist in the Yucatan' Thriller/mystery, fun read!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
What Have You Done With Stuart Woods? 30 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Normally one of my favorite authors and my favorite series, I found this book to be pretty bad. The dialog was shallow (do we need to hear his telephone calls word for word, including details of him identifying himself and leaving word on how to reach him?), the characters even shallower (are there *any* women in this book besides Mary Ann who don't walk around buck naked and throw themselves at Stone?). Even the main characters were pretty unlikeable this time around -- doesn't Stone have anything else to do but boink everyone in sight? Doesn't Dino have a job to do in NY? Why is a mob boss so easy on Stone for dumping his princess daughter? Why isn't Arrington at least grieving for a husband she certainly didn't dislike? Why would Mary Ann invite her sister to dinner knowing the circumstances?...
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Who does the author think he is? 11 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read all of Stuart Woods' previous books -- and loved many of them; however, the latest "Stone" novel is the worst book I think I have ever read. It has a reasonable plot, but very shallow characterization, poorly written dialogue, and contrived situations to create conflict between Stone and his lady friends. The author does little to make you like the characters, even the main character. Sad to say, I know Mr. Woods can do better. (Note to author: What happened, Mr. Woods? I am very disappointed and may not continue to read your work. However, I doubt that you would care -- the little note from you at the end of the novel certainly puts your readers in their places.)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Let down from the beginning. 13 Nov. 2001
By Tom Wilkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the third Woods novel I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first two. LA Dead misses the mark badly. It is almost as if the author is too caught up in painting the Hollywood jet set that he forgot there is supposed to be at least some mystery and suspense. This novel has niether of these attributes. The characterizations are overdone. I cannot recall an appealing female in the plot. The "non-ending" is a perfect fit for this most imperfect novel.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Just Say No to Stone 5 Jan. 2001
By Charlie Bermant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've read every one of Stuart Woods' books. Some of the stuff he did early on was pretty good, and "Palindrome" was brilliant. His recent books were spotty, but interesting. This one is downright awful.
The "hero"--Stone-Lunkhead-Barrington--runs into all kinds of beautiful women who just want to sleep with him. Yeah, right. Since he's no bright light, it doesn't say a lot for these ladies. The plot is stupid, all about a murdered lothario movie star. Who killed him? Who cares? And the writing stinks. Every so often a character faces Our Hero and Woods has him "turn to Stone." Could it get worse? You betcha.
Woods' other books are saved by a twist ending, a "gotcha" that you wouldn't expect. Nothing like that here. Woods is clearly treading water, and time spent with this book is time wasted.
Popular fiction doesn't need to be great literature, but Woods is clearly spreading himself too thin. He could learn something from some of his contemporaries. Sue Grafton took herself off of the yearly grind before her books got stale, so she can craft them a little more carefully. And Nelson DeMille can leave you hanging from one book to the next because the ride is so good that you don't need a satisfactory resolution. What happens to Stone next? Who cares? Instead of the next Stone adventure I'll just buy a book about what happens when paint dries.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Real Disappointment 28 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I hated this book and only finished it because it was a murder mystery. I have never read any of Woods' books before, but this Stone Barrington comes off as an idiot. After marrying a woman with ties to the mob, he then loses all feeling for her when a former love, Arrington, is suspected of murdering her movie star husband and he must come to her aid. Lots of sleazy, one dimensional characters with no morals abound in this book. The book was flat, the character Stone unapealling, and the characters very poorly described or not at all as far as their physical appearance and background. I hate myself for even finishing it, I only did it to find out who committed the murder. And after being dragged this way and that a few times, it's really no surprise.
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