I read so many Stuart Woods books in the same series (the Stone Barrington character) that it is always difficult to write a review that isn’t just more of the same. There really is a lot to not like about these books and this author but they are very readable, keep you interested and above all have really very good pace – making them good page turners. Whenever I pick up one of these I know where I am – there is no turning back a few pages to remember what is going on, and the characters are easy to like.
On the down side the dialogue is forced and unnatural (especially between the teenage characters in this book), the side characters are one dimensional and don’t seem to do much and if one of the main characters can do ‘X’ they are the best in the world at ‘X’… but I still read these novels and enjoy them.
[spoilers below - and reminders for me]
This book takes over about a year on from the previous book Bel-Air Dead, which reintroduced Stone’s old lover Arrington. Arrington is an old lover of Stone (then again who isn’t) by whom he has a son, Peter – who for complex reasons doesn’t know that Stone is his father. In this book he is 16 (although acting 18) and moves in with Stone as Arrington and Stone get married. Obviously, Peter is a genius, handsome, gets along with everyone, gets into the best schools, meets one girl who happens to be the ideal match for him and they get together…etc. it’s all too perfect and too easy – and yet I still read these novels and will read the next one in the series as soon as I get hold of it.