On the morning of his 50th birthday, Ed Eagle awakens to find that his wife has vanished, and his money has been wired out. Barbara (wife) went to Mexico, and Ed gets a pro-bono assignment to defend Joe Big Bear from a triple homicide. Turns out Joe might have something to do with all this after all.
"Stuart Woods delivers a compulsively readable novel of crosses and double crosses, featuring a shrewd criminal lawyer and his shamelessly sexy wife - a true black widow."
Thrilling beyond my greatest hope. Incredible and imaginative with more close escapes and right turns down dark blind alleys of fear and danger. Every other page brings a surprise or a betrayal. Great characters both bad and good. Loved it because the storyteller/reader "Michael Kramer" did such a great job.
I've read several Stuart Woods books and have always found them both engaging and entertaining. Sadly, this was not the case here.
Outrageous use of hackneyed characters abound: Corrupt Mexican police chief? Check. Sexually-ambivalent Nordic masseuse? Check. Attractive woman married to a rich man? Yup, she's a gold-digger! At first, I was concerned by the lack of character development. By the end, I was grateful.
Compared to his other books, I found this to be a little too 'painting-by-numbers'.
I just started the Ed Eagle series with "Santa Fe Rules" then this title. I was surprised that you could almost interchange one book for the other as the set ups were basically the same. A person accused of triple murder, a wife who suddenly moves money and disappears, a new woman comes on the scene and "steals his heart" one week after the one he really loves leaves. It was fine on "Rules" as it was fresh, but "Straw" became a bit much in its areas of duplication.
I do enjoy a good Stuart Woods novel, and this one, featuring Ed Eagle and his brutally scheming wife is a doozie of a read ... super fast to read because his plotting is excellent, with fun -- and funny! -- characters. Pity poor, but very smart Ed Eagle and his friends, as they pit their wits against his wicked, inventive, ruthless, gun-toting, spa-loving, decidedly nasty wife ...
This book is one of Stuart Woods best novels yet. Lawyer Ed Eagle wakes up one morning to find his wife missing, every single penny that he earned is missing, and everyone seems to be out to murder him. But why??
Love this book, the development of the characters, the humor involved, the crime(s) committed, and the descriptions. My only negative comment would be the ending and without giving it away, I can only say that I would have liked to see the villan get more of what's coming to her. An eye-for-an-eye is what I think she deserved, but that's just me and my sense of justice! All-in-all, a very, very good read.