A Stone Barrington novel. This one takes place in Palm Beach, where Stone runs into a former client/flame he thought was dead. Now she's in trouble and guess who's coming to the rescue... Lots of characters and suspects, a good read.
I had never read Stuart Woods before but I found this entertaining. Sort of like James Bond without class. Stone Barrington is mostly unbelievable but it is fun and his friends are colorful, so read on.
Stone Barrington meets up with two women from his past as well as a new one. Stone has a super rich new client that sends him to Palm Beach to live in style on his yacht. It isn't always as pleasant as it sounds. But Stone suffers through!
Somehow this book got onto by books to read list I keep on the computer without being marked as a part of a series, so I read it before reading any of the others first. I think Woods assumes you don't know anything about the main character so when past relationships are mentioned you can figure them out after a while. This book kept me turning the pages and almost lost a night of sleep. I definetly will go back to the beginning now and read more of his books.
As all the Stone Barrington are, this one is no exception.
What did Stone Barrington think when a former client thought to be
dead suddenly appears on the scene for Stone's help......good
reading from beginning to end.
Palm Beach is the most glamorous scene of the crime yet for cop turned-investigator Stone Barrington, who becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago--and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still...
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 mnage 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.
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luxiuriating in palm beach's winter warmth,stone is stunned to recognize someone he thought was dead.former client allison manning is alieve and well-and suddenly very rich.now she needs stones's help in squaring a charge of insurance fraud that been hangine over her head ofr years -and in getting rid of a recently acquired stalker. suspercts abound,including an elusive writer,an enigmatic businesssman,and allison's devious former husband.
Palm Beach is the most glamorous scene of the crime yet for cop-turned-investigator Stone Barrington, who becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago-and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still.... Fair-Weather Friend. 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 Sone's hel 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....
Palm Beach is the most glamorous scene of the crime yet for cop-turned-investigator Stone Barrington, who becomes requainted wiyh a case he thought was buried years ago-and must settle romantic entanglements that haunts him still...