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Dead In The Water: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Stuart Woods
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March 19 1998
In Dead in the Water, Stone has barely arrived in St. Marks, a lovely Caribbean island nation, on a sailing vacation when something very strange happens: A beautiful young woman sails into the harbor, entirely alone on a large yacht. Before long she is under the intense scrutiny of local authorities in the very considerable person ofSir Winston Sutherland, the minister of Justice. The problem is, though she arrived alone, she had departed the other side of the Atlantic in the company of her husband, a well-known writer, who is no longer in evidence.

Evidence is what fascinates Stone Barrington, and before many pages have been turned, he is all that stands between the apparently innocent Allison Manning and the patently evil intent of Sir Winston, whose motives are unclear. What is clear is that the St. Marks' system of justice bears little resemblance to the American courts to which Stone is accustomed and that his smallest error could prove fatal to his client.

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City Attorney Stone Barrington is on the small island of St. Marks off the coast of Antigua for vacation. His live-in girlfriend is unable to join him. Since he is at loose ends, he attends the coroner's inquest into the death of Paul Manning, a famous mystery writer who was sailing across the Atlantic when, according to his wife, he died. She is arrested for murder because the island prosecutor has political ambitions of being the next prime minister, and a good murder case is just what he needs. Manning was heavily insured, and within a day or so, $15 million is paid to his estate and then transferred to a Cayman Island account. Barrington takes on Allison Manning's defense with the help of a local barrister. Best-selling author Woods (Dirt, LJ 9/15/96) knows how to entrance the reader with glitz, a good story, and lots of suspense. No one here is quite what he or she appears to be, and Barrington must use all of his legal abilities to save his client. This will be very popular and is for all libraries.
-?Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-Univ. Heights P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Millionaire author Paul Phillips Manning died on board his yacht while on a Caribbean cruise with his sexy young wife, Allison. She claims he had a heart attack, and due to the climate and distance from port, she was forced to dispose of the body at sea. Sir Winston Sutherland, the minister of justice on the tiny island of St. Marks, isn't buying it and charges her with homicide. The trial and the execution could both be completed within a week. Vacationing New York lawyer and investigator Stone Barrington comes to the damsel's aid and soon winds up in her bed. Now in his fourth appearance, the suave and priapic Barrington soon finds himself embroiled in a case in which nothing is as it seems, from Allison's story to Manning's death to the agenda of the Charles Laughton^-like Sir Winston Sutherland. This is a cleverly plotted, witty crime caper with a dash of sex, a likably roguish hero, and a surprising twist at the finish. Great for lightweight summer reading. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14 2014
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i loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead in the Water is Not A Dead Story Jan. 24 2004
By iqhope
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... The author was effective in keeping my attention because not only was there the suspense of the sexual tension, she threaded the suspense of trying to find the real murderer throughout the novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Way too unbelievable... March 9 2003
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Let me start off by saying that I have read numerous books by Nr. Woods, with the latest being Dead in the Water, and that is exactly what this book was...Dead in the Water! I usually speed right through his books with no problem, but with this was kinda hard to finish...I did not even want to read the Epilouge! The ending was way far fetched and very unbelievable. I dont want to give it away, but it stunk!! I wonder what Mr. Woods was thinking when he wrote this one. I wonder if I will be inclined to read another one of his books in the future. I am finding that I am getting bored with his style and the whole thing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Dead Jan. 30 2003
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Stuart Woods has quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors, however, I found this Stone Barrington series to be a little bit far-fetched and not so good (as compared to his others in the series). Woods does a great job of maintaining a great character in Stone, I just did like some of things that Stone did in the book. He is supposed to be madly in love with Arrington, yet he keeps finding comfort in the arms of others. I guess it goes with Stone's character loving many different women. The ending was very far-fetched and kind of a letdown. If you have never read Woods before, I would suggest that you not make this your first novel of his that you read. Instead, go with "New York Dead," "L.A. Times," or "The Run". Not that this book isn't good, it is just definitely not his best.
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I am not an avid reader, but I read a few pages and could not put it down. Does not take a long time to get started and it moves along at a very fast pace. VERY GOOD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good...but no cigar... Nov. 27 2002
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I had the fortune of listening to this book as read by Richard Ferrone. What a build up! What characters! What a scenario! Too bad none of it goes anywhere. Of course, I cannot go into too many narrative details but suffice to say the ending is very disappointing...and things you felt should have happened didn't. Perhaps the greatest disappointment of all was the author using the ending as the beginning of another though I want to read something else equally as dissatisfying?
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 hours later... July 2 2002
By Cheryl
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This is my first novel by Stuart Woods and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. I sat down Saturday night at 10:00 to read a few chapters only until my husband came in from the garage with the intention of then watching a movie that I had taped. Needless to say 3 cups of coffee and 4 hours later I finished the book and we never did start the movie.The novel moves quickly and there is no unnecessary detail to skim over.It has lots of plots twists and I had fun trying to figure them out(even though I was only partially right)My next book is "Swimming to Catalina" which is where this novels ends. I look foward to it and I hope it is as enjoyable as this one has been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Thriller May 8 2002
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A lawyer from New York by the name of Stone goes vacationing on the small island of St. Marks when he finds himslef caught up in a murder trial. Stone is set on helping out the beautiful damsel in distress. The young woman, Allison Manning, has been charged with the murder of her husband. She claims to have buried him at sea after a sudden heartattack but is that the true story? While working on the case a love affair blossoms between Stone and Allison. The case is taken to trial and Allison wonders if she will ever be seen as an innocent woman again.
This book is the perfect suspenseful read. Someone who loves to curl up in bed and read a novel that they don't want to put down will find this book a complete delgiht! If you enjoy a murder thriller then this book is for you. Let your mind go on a rollercoaster ride with this exciting read!
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