book: Stuart Woods “Dirt”

November 25, 2009

Yes, another Stuart Woods – Stone Barrington book.  This time I went back to the second book in the series to fill in the gap I missed.  Again, this book is a good, easy and quick read with an impossible to guess outcome.

The plot follows events as a faxed newsheet called Dirt is sent out to various papers, publishers and insiders dishing out top secret gossip about affairs and back-dealing of a few people leading to eventual blackmail.  Stone, the ex-cop turned lawyer/investigator is called in to track down who is doing this.  During the investigation Stone Barrington meets his girlfriend Arrington, who appears in the next two books and is introduced as someone who could never marry him (thus becoming Arrington Barrington).

This is a great second book, establishing the character first introduced in New York Dead with an array of secondary characters and exactly how he works as an investigator.  The outcome is impossible to second guess, which is essential in a thriller.

What I’m enjoying most about these books is how the plot just keeps moving along from chapter to chapter meaning that with each one covering only a few pages you always feel it is worth just reading to the end of the next – then the next – then… well then it is the middle of the night and you really should be asleep.

book: Stuart Woods “Swimming to Catalina”

November 25, 2009

OK, I’ll admit it I am currently hooked on Stuart Woods books about the character Stone Barrington (see last and next post)… So “Swimming to Catalina” is the forth in the series and I’ve discovered that each book leads directly to the next one.  In this case there is a phone call right at the end of “Dead in the Water” which kicks off this story.

However, the opening chapter of “Swimming to Catalina” starts flash forward of our hero Stone having his hands and feet bound, a chain shackled to his waist, an anchor attached to the chain and being thrown off the back of a boat by two gents of Italian origin to his ‘certain death’…  This is a great way to open a story because you spend half the book waiting for it to happen and looking out for the characters involved.

This is a story of intrigue, kidnapping and organized crime in a Hollywood studio.  The kidnapping is of Stone’s Ex whom he has lost to the biggest movie star (I picture the guy as a Brad Pitt type).

Again, this is a complete page turner and very easy read but which keeps you guessing all the way through.