Allison Manning, the beautiful and enigmatic woman Stone defended against a murder charge in Dead in the Water, mysteriously reappears to request his help with a set of problems she has never resolved, which involve millions of dollars. She fears, too, that somebody might be stalking her, but she's not sure who - or why. She knows of no one better than Stone, who has both the legal experience and the investigative instincts to guarantee her safety.
Stone is happy to enjoy a few days in Palm Beach - and to have left frigid New York and the tempestuous Dolce Bianchi behind - but before he can dig into this latest case, he comes face to face again with Arrington Calder, the one woman who still holds a key to his affections.
Stone and his partner, Dino, comb the glittering streets of Palm Beach and begin to suspect that more than one person might be after Allison - one so clever he manages never to show his face, but even more frightening, another man everybody has long forgotten.
In a search that ranges from the boardrooms of Manhattan to the sumptuous villas that line the Gold Coast, Stone uncovers the sly and greedy plan to steal millions of dollars - and reveals the crafty killer behind it - in this electrifying thriller.
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©2004 Stuart Woods; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
"A delightful tale of sex and violence...'Sopranos'-style...slick, sophisticated fun." (Washington Post)
I really enjoyed most of his other books but this one was disappointing. It had multiple plots that were just boring and predictable.
I liked the book. However, I really did not like the sex stapped in the middle of the story. If I had wanted a romance novel, I would have selected that section. I wanted a good mystery and the plot was not helped by the little interlude and then it was just dropped and the the female was off and running on something else.
I know from whence I speak.
As I implied with the headline, Dick Hill makes it good enough for a $4.95 sale book. He's a great narrator and, with the exception of one book, I have enjoyed everything he does. I've also liked the Stone Barrington books but sometimes these authors get lazy by giving the protagonist too much money to facilitate his activities in the plot. Yeah, Woods has done it in this book and we all get to see the nice yacht and vicariously associate with a Bill Gates clone. Frankly, I'd rather see a hero who faces a few more challenges like a real lawyer or a real investigator might face than this minor escapism. Because of this "Dallas"-like fantasy land Woods creates, the characters just don't seem to meet up with any reality that I can relate to. Consequently, the book fell short of my expectations.
A client's true nature from a previous book is revealed. I think Stuart Woods books are easy to read or listen to.
I always enjoy Dick Hill's reading. I'll buy an audibile book because he is reading it. He make the characters seem very real. He did a great job on this book also.
Yes, I love to listen while I do my house work. This book was not a real complicated story with lots of characters coming and going.
I will continue to buy Stuart Woods audible books.
Disappointed that the next one in the series is not on here. If anyone has some pull I'd love to hear it.
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