book: Stuart Woods “LA Dead”

December 12, 2009

Yes, another Stuart Woods book with the American action character Stone Barrington.  “LA Dead”  opens with Stone in Venice getting ready for his marriage to Dolce, the daughter of a Mafia kingpin.  When Stone gets the news that Hollywood star Vance Calder has been murdered and that Arrington is the main suspect.  OK, so obviously this will make more sense if you have read any of the other novels and I would recommend that but it would work as a stand alone novel.

So Stone rushes back to US to represent Arrington and prove her innocent.  Again, this is a very clever who-done-it investigation with very well drawn characters and lots of action.  These books are all real page turners where the pace of the story never slacks.

Have you noticed yet that if Stone and his on-again-off-again girlfriend Arrington ever get it together she will be Arrington Barrington :-/


book: Stuart Woods “Worst Fears Realized”

December 12, 2009

OK, so I’m completely hooked on these Stuart Woods books featuring the Stone Barrington character.  I’ve settled into a reading order, and sorted out with Lou (who has bought most of these so I’m borrowing them) which ones to order, it is just a case of working through them.

So to catch up here’s what I thought of “Worst Fear’s Realized“.  Stone is coming to terms with his broken heart from loosing Arrington to movie star Vance Calder (who I always think of as Brad Pitt).  He goes to a party and as is always the case with the Manhattan lawyer turned investigator it doesn’t take long before he is leaving with a lady.  However it doesn’t work out well and soon he is suspected of her murder.

There is then a series of murders that seem to be connected to him or his best friend, Dino Bacchetti of the 19th Precinct.  Stone knows that one of a cop’s worst fears has been realized: a con with a grudge is bent on vengeance.  This book moves Stone’s character along as he becomes involved with another (dangerous) woman and gradually puts together the pieces to find the bad guy.