Search Results: "Stuart Woods"


BOOK REVIEW

COLD PARADISE by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 23, 2001

"Environmentalists rejoice: This product contains 80% recycled characters and storylines. And since nobody important gets killed, they'll all be available for next season's installment, just in case you misplace your copy of this one."
Welcome back to Stone Barrington's world of felony glamour, where the pantry's always well stocked with beluga caviar, 9-mm. ammo, quality sex, and perps with more lives than Wile E. Coyote. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

L.A. TIMES by Stuart Woods
Released: May 12, 1993

"Not Woods—and not readers of this devilishly entertaining thriller. (First printing of 100,000)"
Woods—an off-again (Santa Fe Rules, etc.), on-again (New York Dead, etc.) writer—is very much on here, turning his big weakness- -stagnant characters—into a strength. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RUN by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"On the plus side, Woods's trademark characters, unsurprising and banal, fit perfectly into their roles as political candidates and advisors. Maybe there's some insight here after all."
Woods, most often seen recently in the company of lawyer/sleuth/adventurer Stone Barrington (Worst Fears Realized, 1999, etc.), pushes the scion of the Lee family (Grass Roots, 1990 paperback) into a run for the presidency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BELOW THE BELT by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An unusually strong premise, and this time Woods keeps his eye on the ball, ignoring the siren call of consumer spending that sank Sex, Lies & Serious Money (2016) and so many others, plotting as if he actually means it. Warning, though: some ripped-from-the-headlines elements may extend fans' post-election blues."
A favor New York attorney Stone Barrington agrees to do for a friend who's a powerful political veteran causes an unexpected amount of grief to everyone but Stone. Read full book review >

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LOITERING WITH INTENT by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 2009

"Middling for this wildly uneven series. Readers who quit halfway through won't miss a thing."
Beneath the excruciatingly apt title lurks a welcome return to detection, more or less, for jet-setting New York attorney Stone Barrington. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CUT AND THRUST by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2014

"The political convention as family reunion, with lots of drama, no sustained plot and all the regulars acting pretty much as you'd expect."
First lady Katharine Rule Lee's quest for the Democratic nomination to succeed her husband unleashes all sorts of mostly unrelated complications for the mostly familiar cast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PALINDROME by Stuart Woods
Released: Jan. 1, 1991

Anagram would have been a more appropriate title for this jumbled mystery-suspenser by the usually reliable Woods (Grass Roots, etc,). Read full book review >

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DOING HARD TIME by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"The nonstop action is certain to keep fans turning pages, even though the figures Woods is putting through their paces are plot functionaries rather than characters in any meaningful sense."
Now that he's graduated from the Yale School of Drama, Stone Barrington's son Peter heads with his friends and movie collaborators, Ben Bacchetti and Hattie Patrick, on a road trip to La-La Land, little suspecting that a Russian mobster is determined to kill him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWIMMING TO CATALINA by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Such leftovers don't make very tasty or nutritious fare, not even when the virtues of every predictable scrap are extolled at the top of the author's stentorian voice.(Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; $250,000 ad/promo)"
Even though Stone Barrington is back from the Caribbean (Dead in the Water, 1997), the debonair attorney-adventurer seems to spend half his time, as the title indicates, in the water—though mostly, like the book, treading water or plain floundering. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Apart from all the big names tossed in to cow Casselli, Woods mostly soft-pedals the usual gratuitous inflation and extraneous subplots, keeping things simple, straightforward, and pleasantly predictable."
A former New York Mafioso who's fled home to Italy kidnaps the latest inamorata of the redoubtable Stone Barrington (Hot Pursuit, 2015, etc.). Big mistake.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD IN THE WATER by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Trying to make this neat, utterly unsurprising, tale— Woods's best since L.A. Times (1993)—last more than one sitting would be like staying up all night nursing a Godiva truffle. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; $300,000 ad/promo)"
Woods bounces back from the doldrums of his last few formula thrillers in this tidy did-she-do-it puzzler, nicely stirred by Caribbean breezes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAPITAL CRIMES by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Mercurial Woods's most recent thrillers (The Short Forever, 2002; Blood Orchid, 2002) have been so ludicrous that it's a pleasure to report that this fleet, workmanlike entry is merely uninvolving and unbelievable."
Liberal? Feeling alienated from the political process? A disenchanted Lefty is taking matters into his own hands by murdering right-wing politicos. Read full book review >