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Publisher's Summary

"The story races at a dizzying pace.... [Woods] does show a reader a good time." (Washington Post Book World)

Step One: The Perfect Murder

Sandy Kinsolving's once-glittering life hangs by a thread; his future depends on his wife's inheritance and whether or not she's about to throw him out on his ear. What he wouldn't give for a solution to his money and marriage problems.

If this were an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the solution would be obvious. Enter a stranger with wife problems of his own, who offers a violent - and mutually advantageous - proposal.

Then, in the time it takes to whisper a word, Kinsolving's normal life ends. What radiate like a mirage before him are wealth, security, and freedom. But lurking in the shadows are a brutal murder he cannot prevent and a madman who stalks his every waking moment.

"One of the smoothest writers in the pop literature biz and always a pleasure to read." (Detroit News)

©2009 Stuart Woods (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Woods is great even without Stone

I have read almost all of Stuart Woods books and now going back to the few I missed. This was a great story even without Stone Barrington . I think Tony Roberts is the best in the business.

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No Thanks

This is Garbage!
Most all of Stuart Woods is Good to Great, and I’ve read or listened to most of them. Most of the time I will relisten To most 4-5 times. I could not listen to this one even once!

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Book for adolescents?

I was pretty surprised by the simple plot line and lack of drama.
Seems like a book I would have read in Jr High. Totally predictable and unimaginative.

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Tony is best narrator ever....

Tony Roberts makes any story better. clever remake plot. likable characters. nice twists. not sure about ending. seemed like cop would not be okay with the "truth"..

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Good listen.

This one held my full attention all the way through to the end. I was expecting a much stronger ending though.

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Fan-Tastic!

If you are a fan of Stone Barrington... you will really appreciate and enjoy this read.

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