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Publisher's Summary

Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after a run-in with a superior officer, but he soon lands a job other cops only dream about: the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios in the midst of Hollywood's golden age of the late 1930s.

As the protector of the studio's interests, Barron looks after the elite of filmdom's stars - among them Clete Barrow, a British leading man with a penchant for parties, and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of stardom. Rick's easy charm has society columnists dubbing him "the Prince of Beverly Hills", the white knight of movie stars, until he stumbles across a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threaten the studio's business and may have origins with some unsavory characters.

When two suspicious deaths begin to look like a double murder and an attempt is made on someone who has become an intimate friend, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are nothing less than do or die. A dicey war of nerves is on.

©2005 Stuart Woods (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Woods’s sturdy, self-assured crime thriller is satisfying enough to expand an already immense fan base.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Woods writes with smooth confidence as famous names add spice to a diverting summer read that simmers but never gets hard-boiled.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Woods strikes gold, again!

Timeless display of alliteration making one feel as if it were today in the golden age of movie makers! Great ties to the more current novels involving the Arrington years and the Barrimgtons, who follow.

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Another great one by Stuart Wood

Loved hearing all the inside stuff about the studio and the name dropping. Great story line

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Like the new character - a bit anti-climatic

Where does The Prince of Beverly Hills rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Like the change of time periods and the inclusion of real-life actors -wondered how much truth was actually incorporated into the lives of David Niven, Bugsy Siegel etc.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were several nice new characters for a Stuart Wood novel.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was okay, but would have enjoyed Tony better.

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A bit anti-climatic but would work for a follow up

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Hollywood Noir?

Enjoyable listen. Reminiscent of James M. Cain, but with some likable and sympathetic characters. Set in the late 30s into the 40s, the book provides a bevy of fun Hollywood types and a backstage look at the studio system in those days. Good story, good narration - great for a summer read or for a time when you might want a little lighter fare.

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ridiculous story, main character can not fail

As his Stone Barrington character the character continues to move up with just the perfect qualifications for what is ever needed at any time.

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great story about LA in the 40s

this is a great murder mystery thriller about the movie industry,organized crime and la cops in the 40s. it mixes in with history of that time nicely.

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Too slow, plot not interesting, ending so-so
I would not recommend.
I have liked all of Woods’ other books

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struggled to finish. I didn't like the story line and really didn't like the narrator. I was very disappointed.

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Don’t bother.

Usually I love Stuart woods but not this book. There is absolutely no plot. I would have stopped listening but I kept hoping some plot would evolve. But none. Also the narrator was slow and boring. Do not bother with this book of Woods.

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Excelent movement throughout the book

Fast pased & fun book. A little racey here & there but great. A good listen or read.