Books by Eric Stone

FLIGHT OF THE HORNBILL by Eric Stone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Though Ray's extracurricular activities often overshadow his adventure, his third outing (Grave Imports, 2007, etc.), written with panache and attention to evocative detail, recalls at its best the work of Ian Fleming."
A suave writer's attempts at détente with his oversexed ex get him into all kinds of trouble. Read full book review >
GRAVE IMPORTS by Eric Stone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A Saturday-matinee adventure serial updated with drugs, grime, mid-life disillusionment and constant, albeit unfulfilled, promises of sex. "
The trade in illegal Cambodian antiquities is flourishing, though prospects for its fictionalization are more iffy. Read full book review >
THE LIVING ROOM OF THE DEAD by Eric Stone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"An amateurish debut effort. Imagine Graham Greene would have done with the same material."
Who lives by the hooker meets the reaper. Read full book review >
IN A HEARTBEAT by Eric Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

Another grisly series of sex murders, this one kicked off by the killing of D.C. paralegal Victoria Benton. The killer is into bondage, torture, and horseshoes (an icon he lipsticks on the bathroom wall)—a good fit for John Carnes, the detective heading the investigation, since he's into addictive sexual relationships himself, despite the disapproval of his partner and his guilt over neglecting his daughter. As the case unfolds, first-novelist Stone reveals via a series of overwrought vignettes from the killer's viewpoint that the perp, like Carnes, has a background of sexual abuse and humiliation. Taking a break from his compulsive series of meaningless one-night stands (most of them described for the reproving reader), Carnes, who's convinced that the killer will strike again, reaches out for help to Sex Addicts Anonymous and the chaste embraces of Vicky's former sorority roommate Becky Granite; meanwhile, sure enough, his quarry, less lucky in love, dispatches two other victims (a third is discovered from a year back in Ocean City, trademark wounds, lipstick horseshoe and all) and is obviously closing in on Becky as Carnes races platonically to her side. The whole package is presented with an unfocused intensity that might pass for professionalism if not for the amateurish handling of the killer, who would need special lighting to stand out from the wallpaper. Read full book review >