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Publisher's Summary

In Swimming to Catalina, ex-cop turned Manhattan attorney and investigator Stone Barrington is back, still smarting from his sudden breakup with brilliant, beautiful magazine writer Arrington Carrington, who has left him to marry Hollywood's hottest male star, Vance Calder. Then Calder calls Stone for help: Arrington has vanished without a trace, and Calder, refusing to call the police, wants Stone to find her.

Arriving in LA with little to go on, Stone soon finds himself in the deepest kind of trouble as he nearly drowns in a sea of lost leads and empty clues that take him from Bel Air to Malibu to Rodeo Drive. In a town where the sharks drive Bentleys and no one can be trusted, Stone must use all his wits to find Arrington and keep his head above water...without losing it.

Drenched in Hollywood glitz and glamour, and filled with the dizzying plot twists and turns that have made his novels New York Times best sellers and international sensations, Swimming to Catalina is Stuart Woods' fastest paced, most riveting and unabashedly fun thriller.

©1998 Stuart Woods (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Channeling Phillip Marlow

Raymond Chandler echos all about Stone Barrington's aura. Especially as Barrington pokes about the1930-40;s kliegs of Hollywood studios. Back then, Chandler'is Phillip Marlow''s wide shoulders (designed by the same firm that did Stonehenge) butted through layers of power bosses, mobsters, elites, and including ... of course easy damsels (frequently in distress). If reading Marlow snaps us back to that fedora/double breasted world Stone Barrington's crime tech... or the lack of it... is almost as foreign from today as Barrington's 1990s adventures were to Chandler. Time's flow seems seamless 'til we're plopped into some decades-ago moment. All that's the charm to me of Barrington particularly here as his improbable adventures take us to those thrilling days of yesteryear... Heh heh... OK prepare to suspend disbelief over some of this tale's life saving coincidences... it's a good listen. Woods likes to write movie action while Tony Roberts' nails Barrington's hard-boiled voice.

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Awesome

Great read. held my interest until the end. I love this series. Great character development.

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Great Book

This,book had me excited with listening to each chapter can't wait to listen to the next one.

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“Swimming to Catalina” is an excellent read.

Great read; but it is better if it is read in the order it was written. There are characters in it that relate to each other to tie the books together.

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One of the best Stone Barrington works

This story seemed to have everything we've come to love about Stone; adventure, plot twists, interesting characters, and to top it off, the usual perfect voice for Stone in Tony Roberts.

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Drop in quality

I listened to Chiefs - quite brilliant - and Dead in the \Water - pretty good with a great twist and then this novel. This was a disappointment. Stone is not really likable as a character but in Dead in the Water the plot saved him; in this one the plot seemed like an afterthought once the author had named every restaurant he liked in LA and his favorite meals and wines and then stretched the story from one sexual encounter to the next. I stuck with it to the end but won't be downloading another in the series.

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Make long drives easier

Loved it. Makes long road trips so much easier. Feel like Stone Barrington is a close friend

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suspenseful! plot twists

Stone Barrington is in top form as he investigates in L.A . well developed character and plots. Narration adds an exciting depth to the story. well done all !

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I LOVED!!!! this book and I love Stone Barrington

I don't under the complaints/criticisms of the story or of Tony Roberts reading. It kept me on my toes and I couldn't put it down. I have enjoyed Tony Robert's interpretation of this and other Stone Barrington books and look forward to downloading more of the series. Stone is quite the lover, but at least we don't have the lurid details of each affair. Better left to our imagination. He makes me wish he was real, I would love to meet him, but sadly I'm not tall enough or beautiful enough to pique his interest. I can dream, can't I?

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Narrator almost ruins the story

I'm listening to these years after I first read them. I love Stone. I love Dino. I love the spin off's. While this isn't the best of the first four in my opinion, it was fun. The narrator, though, is just horrible. Dino's voice sounds like a whiny baby, and all the other voices sound the same as each other, male and female. Such a shame. I can only imagine what Ray Porter or Scott Brick could have done with this.