UNBOUND  by Stuart Woods

UNBOUND

Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Invincible New York attorney Stone Barrington (Quick & Dirty, 2017, etc.) is shoved to the sidelines by even more formidable ex–CIA agent Teddy Fay, now operating under the names Billy Barnett when he’s producing films for Centurion Studios and Ted Shirley when he’s seeking full-throated revenge.

Whatever impulses toward social compliance may have survived Teddy’s checkered earlier adventures (Smooth Operator, with Parnell Hall, 2017, etc.) are instantly killed off when he’s widowed by the wife of dislikable Hollywood producer Dax Baxter, who runs over Teddy’s own wife after a “three-cosmo lunch” and then retreats into a private clinic to escape prosecution. Asking his boss, Stone’s son Peter, for a leave of absence, Teddy drives to Santa Fe, where, as Ted Shirley, he gets himself hired on Baxter’s latest shoot. Sensing danger, Baxter hires Russian assassin Dimitri Kasov to neutralize Teddy, but he’s no more successful than Baxter’s own bodyguards were. When Teddy, unmasked but undimmed in his resolve, heads back to Los Angeles with Sally Ryder, whom he’s picked up at the shoot, in tow, Baxter redoubles his efforts to have him killed. Despite Teddy’s well-honed survival skills, all might be lost if it weren’t for the timely intervention of Sgt. Carlos Rivera, who works the auto theft detail for the Beverly Hills PD. Carlos gets into the middle of this battle royal in a most unlikely way, but once he’s established himself firmly there, fans will recognize that there’s no hope for Baxter or anyone he hires in the high-fatality rounds that follow.

As uncertain in its pacing and structure as a Road Runner cartoon—you just never know who’ll be abruptly discarded and who’ll turn out to matter in the Woods world—and equally formulaic in the conduct of individual episodes and the final outcome.

Pub Date: Jan. 2nd, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7352-1717-1
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2017




OUR CRITICS' TAKES ON MORE BESTSELLERS

See full list >
Cover art for THE MAGIC MISFITS
VERDICT:
SKIP IT
Cover art for THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for LITTLE LEADERS
VERDICT:
BUY IT
Cover art for TOM CLANCY POWER AND EMPIRE
VERDICT:
BORROW IT

MORE BY STUART WOODS

MysteryQUICK & DIRTY by Stuart Woods
by Stuart Woods
MysteryBARELY LEGAL  by Stuart Woods
by Stuart Woods
FictionINDECENT EXPOSURE by Stuart Woods
by Stuart Woods

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

FictionBAJA FLORIDA by Bob Morris
by Bob Morris
FictionBETRAYERS by Bill Pronzini
by Bill Pronzini
FictionFATAL FLAW by William Lashner
by William Lashner