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Worst Fears Realized [Mass Market Paperback]

Stuart Woods
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks; Reprint edition (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061013420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061013423
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,158,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the women in his life--including his date, his neighbor, and his secretary--start turning up dead, attorney-turned-investigator Stone Barrington joins forces with his friend Dino, an NYPD lieutenant, to help clear his name.

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5.0 out of 5 stars As good As it gets 22 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The New York City police discharged detective Stone Barrington with a full disability pension. Stone applied his law degree to become a counsel working for Woodman and Welt, handling the most difficult problems or clients that the rest of the prestigious firm would prefer to avoid. Stone works in an office set up in his home. Life seems great to the former law enforcement official until someone begins to murder females Stone knows.
Stone and his buddy detective Dino Bachetti witnessed the last murder. The perpetrator looks like lifer Herbert Mitteldorfer, a spouse killer. However, Dino and Stone quickly learn that Herbert's alibi is air-tight as a guest of Sing Sing. As Dino and Stone investigate Herbert's relatives, the killer receives an unconditional parole. Herbert disappears even as more homicides occur.
New York Times best selling author Stuart Woods writes another suspense thriller starring the unique Stone Barrington. The lead character is a person who seems to land in one difficulty after another, especially with the women he dates including the daughter of a Mafia Don. The various situations that Stone seems to always find himself in leads to much humor and occasional tension as he struggles to escape traps that would defeat Houdini. The fascinating who-done-it shows Mr. Woods' creativity as the audience completes this terrific tale in one sitting.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Business as Usual 30 Dec 2008
By Pete A
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me start by saying that I think it is important to read the Stone Barrington series of books in order as I have done as they loosely follow on from each other and it tends to be easier to understand when the author refers to previous happenings.
I was lucky enough to accidentally find out about the author Stuart Woods in a second hand book shop. It was the first in the Stone Barrington series that I found and I must say I have never looked back. There is just something about this series of books that is just sensational.Whenever I open one up I just cant shut it again and this one is no exception.The novel centres around, of course, Stone Barrington, retired cop, casual lawyer and woman collector. This time people start getting murdered more or less from the outset, but differently they tend to be people that are close to Stone himself.Help comes in the unlikely form of a Mafioso who also happens to be his best friend Dino's father in law. Of course Dino is thrown into the fray being a detective in the NYPD and it builds into a very fast paced,interesting detective novel.
There are sequences in this novel that really make you grimace even though you know there are going to be murders some of the ways people die are quite gross.Having said that there are also plenty of points in the book that make you laugh out loud. Particularly Dino's driving skills where he has blatant disregard for his or anybody elses safety and drives so fast that even Stone is scared stiff.I think it may be the way this author writes these sequences as I find them absolutely hilarious!
This novel moves on at an alarming pace and never really lets up. It would be very easy, time permitting, to read this book in one go, it is that good.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Up to Snuff 4 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
After reading Stuart Woods' latest it's hard to envision that this is the same man who gave us "L.A. Times", "Run Before the Wind", and "Chiefs".
It seems to me that ever since Woods decided that Stone Barrington would be the main protagonist his storytelling skills have eroded. The ending to "Worst Fears Realized" is a major letdown and almost insulting to the readers intelligence.
Nevertheless this latest book is entertaining in a shallow sort of way. Worthy of only two stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Zero Stars -- Do not buy this book! 17 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Well, Stuart Woods has already proven he can write. Too bad he doesn't try to write in this book. It has all the hallmarks of being tossed off in fulfillment of a multi-book contract. One wonders, nevertheless, how any self-respecting editor could have passed on it.
The book is a piece of garbage. It's not worth even a dollar. I read it because I paid for it, but as I've done with many paperbacks I should've just quit reading and tossed it after 30 pages.
For anyone who has admired Stuart Woods past productions this project will be a profound disappointment.
I should have paid more attention to the Kirkus review, which is on the mark.
Do not, repeat not, buy this book!!!
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