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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 2 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451205626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451205629
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 11 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Attorney Stone Barrington has a rather unusual case. Billionaire Thad Shames wants him to find a woman he spent an evening with in the Hamptons a month earlier. Thad thinks her first name is Liz but he’s not even sure about that. All he knows is that he’s in love and wants to be with her. Stone’s only lead takes him to Palm Beach, where finding Liz is fairly easy, but also troubling. Liz turns out to be a woman named Allison Harding and she has quite a past. Stone believed that she had died and that her husband had been hanged for murder. He was wrong on both counts. Adding to Stone’s growing complications is his attraction to Thad’s assistant and the news that his former wife, Dolce, has escaped from an institution. She her own score to settle with Stone.

To me, there’s a difference between a complex plot and a convoluted plot. A complex plot has layers, plenty of twists and angles, but the story is told clearly enough to follow. A convoluted plot also has plenty of twists and angles, but they somehow become muddled, which makes it tough to keep characters, threads, and motives straight. Given that Stone is or has had romantic relationships with female characters was simple enough to keep straight, but the false and mistaken identity situations became confusing.

As I’m unfamiliar with the Palm Beach setting, I was curious to learn more; however, it didn’t take long to realize that a playground for the rich and famous held no appeal. Although Stone and his cop pal, Dino, are likeable characters, I’m not sure I’ll read another installment.
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I'd like to hang around with Stone Barrington for a couple of weeks, buy $150 dollar shirts for my friends, $50 dollar socks when I need the right shade, know what kind of an engine goes in a Bentley, and get $25,000 dollar watches from ex-lovers as a thank you. And the women. As Dino would say, "Marrone!"
It's good to be Stone. And that's why we go to read him, for the same reason we read Spenser and go see old Sean Connery movies as "Bond. James Bond." So what's wrong with that?
I like to read Stuart Woods. I don't expect to remember any quotes, won't laugh too hard, never shed a tear, chuckle at Bacchetti's New York humor, and try (hard to do) to keep track of the women. So many women, so little time Stone might quip. You kind of saw this one coming in the third inning. Still good to read. 4 Stars. Larry Scantlebury
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After having read Wood's latest Stone Barrington novel, "Dirty Work" (and loving it) I wanted to go back and read the earlier novels in the series, which brought me to "Cold Paradise". It's a very fast-paced story, and definitely keeps you entertained for all of its 300+ pages. Here are some thoughts to help you make up your own mind.
Though this is I think the sixth book in the series with his main character Stone Barrington, I did not feel at a loss at all for not having read the first few. That alone impressed me, but then add on top of that a story that grabs you and does let go.
Unfortunately, of the ones I have read, this one seemed the least plausible. A real suspension of disbelief is required while reading. While I usually have no problem with that, I don't want to recognize while reading that I am having a difficult time thinking the story is realistic.
Still, it is a fun read if you take it with a grain of salt and just allow yourself to be entertained by it. Woods combines characters that are cops, ex-cops, lawyers, hit men, international thieves, and mafia and does it all masterfully. Pick this book up and you likely won't be able to put it back down until its over.
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I am a huge fan of S. Woods, and I LOVE Stone Barrington. He's one of my most favorite continuous characters to read. I have to say I did thoroughly enjoy this book. The humor between Stone and Dino keeps the reader involved. I have to say that I would love to see the Arrington and Stone relationship a little more explored (I guess I'm just the true romantic, you know wanting to see the impossible happen)but I loved the conflicts between him and Dolce and Allison/Liz. I can't wait to read The Short Forever, its on my list NEXT!
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It took me a bit to read this book. I am not one to sit and read books in one sitting, like some people. But anyway, this book was good. I enjoyed the plot, the characters blended great! The climax was what I expected...at the end of your seat kinda ending...I have read a lot of Woods work, and I will continue to do so in the future.
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This was my first Stuart Woods book, and I really enjoyed it. Having grown up in Palm Beach County, I decided to give the book a chance. I always think it is so funny when an author writes about Palm Beach because they make it so ritzy as if that is really the way it is. The plot line moves along at a very fast pace and this book is quite a page turner. After reading, I started to seek out other Stone Barrington novels to get more!
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By "randtsimon" on Oct. 10 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK I READ AND LET ME TELL YA, I LOVED IT!! I REALLY ENJOYED HIM BRINGING SOME OF THE CHARACTERS BACK FROM PREVIOUS BOOKS(WHICH I DIDN"T KNOW AT FIRST BEING AS I READ THE BOOKS OUT OF SEQUENCED). STONE IS SUCH A HERO, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. I LOVE THE FACT THAT HE "GETS" EVERY BEAUTIFUL GIRL THAT HE ENCOUNTERS. I ALSO LIKED THE WAY THE PLOT GOES IN THIS BOOK, RIGHT WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT FIGURED OUT ANOTHER SURPRISE HAPPENS AND YOU HEARTRATE JUMPS UP AGAIN AND IT KEEPS YOU WRAPPED UP. THIS WAS ANOTHER ONE I JUST COLUDNT PUT DOWN. I LIKE THE MOOD THIS BOOK PRESENTS, THE YACHET, THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS, AND ALL THE MAYHAM IT BRINGS. IT BRINGS THE READER IN TO THIS LIFESTYLE, THAT I BELIEVE TO MOST OF US IS A FANTASY, BUT IF ONLY WE WERE RICH, OUR LIFES WOULD BE SO EASY. THEN AS THE PLOT THICKENS, WE LEARN BEING RICH AND HAVING POWER BECAUSE OF YOUR MONEY WILL ALSO BRING YOU HARDSHIPS, DECITE AND LIES.
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