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L. A. Dead: A Stone Barrington Novel | [Stuart Woods]

L. A. Dead: A Stone Barrington Novel

Stone Barrington, the always surprising attorney and investigator, finds himself caught between two alluring women - one who has been left at the altar and another who is suspected of murder. Stone is in the midst of plans to marry Dolce, the daughter of a New York mafioso, when he is suddenly called to the side of Arrington Calder, a woman he has loved and lost, but never forgotten.
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Publisher's Summary

Stone Barrington, the always surprising attorney and investigator, finds himself caught between two alluring women - one who has been left at the altar and another who is suspected of murder. Stone is in the midst of plans to marry Dolce, the daughter of a New York mafioso, when he is suddenly called to the side of Arrington Calder, a woman he has loved and lost, but never forgotten.

To her horror, Arrington believes she is about to be indicted for the murder of her husband - one of America's most beloved film stars. With both enemies and friends swarming around her, Stone is the only person she can trust to gather her defense.

But how much does Arrington actually remember about the night of the murder? And can Stone really trust her? The evidence against her mounts, the trial date looms, and Stone's feelings for her return. But even he doesn't know what danger the truth will bring.

More mayhem? Listen to all of our Stone Barrington mysteries.

©2004 Stuart Woods; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Barrington's fans will likely welcome the detective's newest California-chic adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Vinity NC 07-17-10
    Vinity NC 07-17-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Just didn't work for me"

    I grabbed this as a lark on one of the sales. I couldn't even finish. The plot struck me as very contrived and the reader's voice didn't have a lot of elasticity to me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kesha Union City, CA, United States 07-07-10
    Kesha Union City, CA, United States 07-07-10 Member Since 2006
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    "All Around Awful"

    It takes a lot for me to give an audiobook a single star, but I really found this one awful in nearly every sense.

    Probably most glaringly terrible is the narration. The narrator's style reminded me of 40s noir films, which was very out of place for a book set in the last couple of decades. It was positively grating.

    On a positive note, I did finish the book, which says a good thing about the story. It was interesting enough for me to keep reading. That's about the only good thing I can say about it.

    I found it misogynistic, as all of the female characters seemed to exist only to to please or obsess over the protagonist. And the "love" scenes, to use a common phrase, were cringe-worthy. The story ended quite abruptly, and not only do none of the characters experience any growth, the protagonist's behavior was so outrageous that I found myself having no sympathy for him at all.

    And I guess that's what it boils down to. After the time I invested, I cared to know who the culprit was, but ended up not caring one whit for any of the characters in the story.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 02-15-10
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 02-15-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Stuart Woods fan... this one is good to so-so"

    I had previously listened to three of Stuart Woods' books, "Chiefs", "Deep Lies", and "Capital Crimes", and they were all terrific (all of them 5-Star ratings).

    Soooo, I was excited when I downloaded three more of Woods' books.

    Unfortunately, this lot definitely took a little of the wind out of my Stuart Woods sail.

    With respect to L.A. Dead, the story was good enough to keep my attention, but it was not a gripping novel - certainly not to the level of the three I listed above.

    With respect to narration, it was pretty bad in this one. Robert Lawrence has a pleasant voice, but he read all of the actual dialogue in the book like a bad B-Actor. His character voices were delivered awkwardly and simply aggravating at times.

    Overall, recommended, but not enthusiastically.

    I almost give it a 3 for the poor narration, but will round up to 4-stars.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 11-09-10
    David Houston, TX, United States 11-09-10 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.

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    "dreck"

    I made it through, but I'm not proud of the fact. I have enjoyed a couple of Woods' other books and found them to be mildly diverting and pleasant. This one was a major departure.
    Stone Barrington has suddenly come to resemble a fatuous fraternity boy. We understand that he is remarkably attractive to women, but the witless and inane path he follows through this book manages to make him entirely unattractive as a leading character. I think the author decided that it would be amusing to have his hero serially ambushed and seduced by as many naked women as possible as he deals with the "mystery" at the heart of the book. Unfortunately, that was all there was to the story, and even the sexual escapades which form the bulk of the action were boring and juvenile.
    You should avoid this book not because there is too much sex in it but because there is too little invention, adventure or suspense. In short, it is dreck.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "How bad can one book be"

    I'm not certain what was worse in this audiobook. The story or the narrator! big mistake!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 05-04-10
    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 05-04-10 Member Since 2010

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    "WOW, What a disappointment"

    I really hate to say this, but this was a very poor written book and the narrator was the worst I have heard. You want to listen to the end only to find out what happened but getting there was torture. Sorry

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat United States 03-16-12
    Pat United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Too much sex not enough substance!!!"
    Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Robert Lawrence?

    No, the character was so unrealistic...so unbelievable I would hate to waste my time trying another book with the same character.


    Has L. A. Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love a GOOD mystery. I also like repeat characters, have even come to know and love them. But Stone is not believable...every woman he meets is trying to get him into bed!!!! He is like a very immature teen.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The reader was alright but lacked depth. He could have read with more excitement in his voice.


    Was L. A. Dead worth the listening time?

    No. I kept waiting and hoping it would get better. Much to my disappointment it did not.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 10-08-11
    David United States 10-08-11
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    "Stuart Woods, L. A. Dead"

    We really enjoyed L. A. Dead by Stuart Woods. He is one of our favorite authors, and we enjoy the predicaments that Stone Barrington gets into and out of. We have listened to most of Stuart's books. We prefer audio books, as we travel a lot. The books make the drive time fly by, and the operation of the Kindle audio book, played over the vehicle radio was flawless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neicybones 09-04-10
    Neicybones 09-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Lukewarm"

    Not the best from this author. It came off like a not so great movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Durham, NC, USA 01-18-09
    Caroline Durham, NC, USA 01-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Always keeps you guessing"

    I can usually figure out a book or show in no time which usually makes the books less exciting but I cannot with the Barrington books. There are other series that are pretty good but right now I'm hooked.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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