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Dead Eyes [Mass Market Paperback]

Stuart Woods
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Aug. 25 1994
Blind Obsession

First there were roses and the notes in her mailbox signed simply, "Admirer." Then, the accident. One minute Chris Callaway was one of Hollywood's brightest rising stars, starting a new picture that could send her career skyrocketing; the next, she was falling from the unfinished deck of her beautiful new Malibu beach house...waking up blind, uncertain whether she would ever see again.

An optimist and a fighter, Chris is determined not to let anyone know she can barely see. But neither Danny Devere, her hairdresser and confidant, nor Jon Larsen, the handsome young detective form LAPD's special stalker squad, can stop the notes that escalate into a chilling obsession. And as Stuart Woods's mesmerizing new page-turner races to its shocking climax, only a clever trap can stop the madman from stalking her--with beautiful Chris Callaway as the deadly bait.


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From Publishers Weekly

"The first letter arrived on a Monday." So begins the masterfully paced thriller from the author of Palindrome , Santa Fe Rules , etc. Young Hollywood actress Chris Callaway is poised at the brink of stardom when her world collapses. Shortly after she begins receiving disquieting letters signed "Admirer," she is nearly blinded in a fall at the construction site of her new Malibu home. As Admirer becomes a menacing stalker, sending gifts and a gruesome photo and calling on the phone, Chris is stoutly guarded by her best friend and confidant, hairdresser Danny Devere. Also on duty is Beverly Hills police detective and stalker expert Jon Larsen. The Admirer soon targets the threesome in escalating attacks that become grisly and, then, murderous. Meanwhile, Larsen races to investigate the sinister suspects that emerge from the cadre of subcontractors on the Malibu construction team. Woods's style is lean and staccato, if unsubtle, and he's a pro at turning up the suspense, which is increased here as romance blooms between the cop and the rising star. 100,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

YA-Rising movie star Chris Callaway has it all: youth, good looks, a blossoming career, and a generous income. She also has an increasingly ardent fan whose anonymous attentions are beginning to alarm her. They take the form of daily deliveries of roses and little notes. After being temporarily blinded in an accident at the construction site of her unfinished new house, she contacts the police about the mysterious watcher. Enter Beverly Hills Police Detective Jon Larsen, an expert on stalkers. Almost simultaneously, Chris's admirer becomes more aggressive. As she struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy, she also discovers a growing attraction between herself and Larsen. The tension builds as the emboldened stalker moves against both Larsen and Chris's best friend. The exciting conclusion is reached when a trap is set for the villain with the actress herself as bait. Employing skills learned both before and after her accident, she contributes significantly to her own rescue during the climactic fight scene. YA mystery lovers will enjoy the plot twists and Woods's energetic writing style.
Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not So Good for Woods... Jan. 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am so glad that this was not the first Stuart Woods book that I had read, because I probably would not have continued on. Stuart Woods is a superb writer, however, this book is not some of his finest work. The story is set around an actress who is about to make it big, her gay hairdresser, her stalker, and the police detective who is helping her with the stalker. All of the characters seem very flat and are never fully developed. I would have never guessed the ending to the book only because Woods never steered the story toward the ending that occurred. It was almost as if he thought to himself, I need an ending and he just shoved it in without making sure that it flowed or made any sense. Kind of a disappointment after reading the whole book. If this is your first time reading Woods, I would suggest one of his Stone Barrington series novels which starts with "New York Dead". One of the best in this series is "Worst Fears Realized" or "Swimming to Catalina." After reading some of his other books, you will realize that this one was just a miss for him.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed But Not Ready to Give Up April 5 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
(...) unfortunately I started with Dead Eyes. I felt as though I was reading a suspense story from a beginner romance novelist. The dialogue at times was laughable and I agree with another reviewer that the ending was thrown together. The few sex scenes were like something from Barbara Cartland. My biggest complaint was the portrayal of the cop Jon Larsen - he came off as an incompetent dolt. Through the entire book, the stalker was one step ahead of him to the very end. However, this writer gets such high praise from other reviewers that I'm not quite ready to quit and plan on checking out the Stone Barrington series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Eyes: A Dead Ringer for Best Thriller Oct. 9 1996
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was my first by Stuart Woods. The book is very...
how can I put it... "disturbing" but it was great! The plot
will surely frighten you and keep you hanging on the
edge of your seat throughout the entire book. I couldn't
put it down! The plot is so intricate and well-planned that
you have to really pay attention to details to get a clue
who the killer is. This book disturbed me so much that I
was looking around corners at night time! I can easily
say that it's the best suspense/thriller book that I've
ever read. I've recommended it to many friends and they've
all loved it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but very curt ending June 6 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed the book...quite the page turner, but I felt unsatisfied with the ending. There was zero explanation as to "why". It reminded me a bit of what Patricia Cornwell will do. It's as though she (and Woods) realizes that she needs to wrap up the story & does so quickly, without much explanation as to why the killer was who the killer was. I realize a lot of times there aren't reasons for killings, but in a book, for $..., there could be a reason or two explained! It was a good read, not as good as "The Run" (the first I read), but enough to have me reading more of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this book. Trust me. Oct. 19 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
This is the 15th Stuart Woods book I have read. I can't believe that anybody who is even a semi-Stuart Woods fan could have put this book down. It is the first Woods book that I read from noon to midnight and could not stop reading it. I grant you, this is not your typical Stuart Woods, but almost a combination of King and Woods. He went all out on this one. And I loved every word of it. Read it and you'll see. This is not for the faint of heart. It kept me riveted. P.S. You might want to check the locks on your doors and windows before reading this.
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