Stone Barrington is back in New York, and after a rather harrowing sojourn in Key West, he's looking to stay closer to home and work on some simple divorce and custody cases for Woodman & Weld. But when he crosses paths with a fetching Broadway actress - and sometime lip model - Stone gets a little more deeply involved with business than he'd expected. When his new lady love turns out to be a lady with a shady past, Stone and downtown cop Dino Bacchetti realize that her beauty may have an unusually high price.
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©2009 Stuart Woods; (P)2009 Penguin
I now have the dubious distinction of having "read" all of Stuart Woods audiobooks, first to last, in order. Chiefs was exceptional and implanted in me the hope that at least one of the subsequent books would measure up. They never did and this is no exception. The characters' voices (their language not the tone of the narrator) were still more akin to my grandmothers era.
Of course, every character is still rich, super hot, overwhelmingly lucky, and engage in close, intense sexual relationships without much preamble... Let's go to Elaine's, have steak and Knob Creek, then shag like bunnies.. Oh and what was your name again? Fine, once. Twice, OK. But multiple times per book across a very long series, no friggin way. Wilt Chamberlain didn't shag that often.
Oh wait, also everyone has their own private plane. Everyone has a direct line to the President and the head of the CIA. Everyone drives a Mercedes, even as a rental car. Really, which Hertz is this again? Anyway, my plan (mostly because it seems like Stuart Woods approach too) is to copy and paste this review across several books. I read them all. They are all the same. So they deserve the same review.
Why did I read them all, you might ask. Chiefs was fantastic. There were glimmers of hope here and there in the early going with series protagonists Stone, Eddie, Holly, Will, etc. They were as entertaining as reruns of later Love Boat episodes. You always know exactly what you're going to get. You don't have to worry about nuance or complexity or even real adversity. Perfect as a beach or road trip read, because it won't matter if you lose your place or fall asleep (not recommended for the driver in the road trip scenario).
If you want better, try Lee Child or Harlan Coben series. Both are much more believable. Early David Baldacci too. For non-series works, try Linwood Barclay. If anyone else agrees with my assessments and thinks I'm missing out on other alternatives, please post them.
Woods has trashed the elegant Stone and made him into a sexual freak, along with every woman he meets. If he wants to learn how to write about sex he should read Sandra Brown. Shame on you Stuart Woods.
If I wanted to listen to porn I'd buy porn. Poor Plot and an even worse reader. I've always liked Woods, but this was over the top. Is Woods following a recipe as all his books seem to have the same ingredients. Definitely not a mystery or thriller. Woods must need the money to be putting out this kind of garbage. No more Woods for me.Don't bother getting this book.
I have listened to most of the Stuart Woods books on audible and found the Stone Barrington series getting worse and worse. The plots are getting thinner and thinner, most of the book devoted to various meaningless sex segments with no relationship to the story. Don't bother with this one. It is totally unbelieveable. He must have hired some bonehead to help him write it.
Classic Woods - Funny, fast moving - Trouble brews for Stone Barrinton and the usual cast of characters -- Too short!
Kisser, is a no story, story. It has no plot to get into the way of the non-stop sex and the humor is so lame that most of us out grew the little bit which was attempted, in high school. If you have any trouble figuring out what is coming next in the narration, you need to have your mystery readers license revoked.
I normally love Stone Barrington stories - I would not wish this one on my worse enemy.
I will confess that I am a huge Stone Barrington fan, and this book didn't disappoint me. Some reviewers didn't find it to be anything special, but for me, it flew by and I found myself laughing out loud and guessing who "did it". I recommended it to my husband and he enjoyed it as well
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