LA Dead - Stone Barrington, Bk 6 Author:Stuart Woods Cop-turned-lawyer-and-investigator Stone Barrington ventures out to the west coast-and out on a limb-in this "stylish whodunit" (Detroit News) filled with romance and murder from the bestselling author of The Run and Worst Fears Realized. — Stone's trip to Venice-with a fiery Mafia princess-is cut short by a frantic phone call from ... more »half a world away. A celebrity murder has Los Angeles in an uproar and has a former flame pining for Stone's help-in more ways than one...« less
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Stuart Woods is a wonderful author for crime-novel fans. This book features Stone Barrington (an ongoing character--former cop turned investigator) called on to investigate a Hollywood murder involving a former girlfriend. Very fun, quick read.
Stuart Woods hit the ground running years ago with "Chiefs" and has been producing entertaining well-written books ever since; I have read everything he has written up to and including "L A Dead" and this is the first of his books I have been truly disappointed in. I note in the acknowledgements that he has a new editor and publisher and wonder if they advised him that his books needed more sex to increase his sales because this one has it to the extreme. What small plot and mystery the book might have had is buried in never-ending sexual encounters. Stone Barrington, the protagonist, must be the most sexually atractive man alive since every female in the book (except his best friend's wife) immediately hops into bed with him. The sex scenes aren't particulairly graphic, but there are just so many of them it's comical.
The book is more very soft porn than mystery or legal thriller. Unfortunately, if I like an author, I usually buy everything he writes at the used book store and read them in the order published. Since this book was copyrighted in 2000, I probably have another 8 or 9 years of this to plow through. Sigh...