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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (March 19 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061093491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061093494
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,015,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Audio Cassette
The version I read (listened to) was an unabridged audio version, and I'm glad. The story flowed smoothly and didn't need any abridgments (except maybe the trial) to be entertaining. This is my first encounter with a Stuart Woods novel, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Allison Manning, young wife of millionaire writer Paul Manning, arrives in St. Marques under mysterious circumstances - her husband is missing from their yacht. Her story is that he died from a heart attack and was buried at sea. What follows are the quick paced details as she is charged with murder, investigated by police and the Ministry of Justice, and defended by a vacationing American attorney. Many questions arise, such as did she kill her husband and was he even dead at all. I found my opinion quickly changing as new elements were introduced into the plot. One exciting factor is the setting - the court system is far different on this tropical island compared to the American courts. In America, she would have never been charged. In St. Marques, she is facing an uphill battle.
The part of the book that faltered was the trial itself. The evidence and testimonies had been thoroughly researched and presented to the reader throughout the rest of the book, so the majority of the trial was repetitious. Fortunately, Woods managed to throw a few new details into the trial, and the pace of the remainder of the book resumed. Some of the conversations sounded a bit stilted, but most of the dialog was snappy and well-written. The ending of the story appears to be leading to a sequel, but at least he didn't resort to including the first three chapters of his next novel, a cheap trick so many other authors seem to resort to these days.
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By A Customer on April 20 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a mystery "junkie," I'm always looking for new authors and titles to feed my "habit." I stumbled across Stuart Woods's name... read some rave reviews of his work, and decided to order "Dead in the Water."
I wish I hadn't.
To put it bluntly, this book reeks. It stinks. To call the storyline improbable, as another... reviewer did, is to be kind. Mr. Woods has no idea how to plot, so instead he aims for a laughable and artificial breathlessness in his prose that wears thin after a few chapters. I'm also puzzled to see other reviewers praise his "snappy dialogue." The dialogue in this book was the worst I've ever read: "Hello, Tom," said Stone. "Why, hello, Stone," said Tom.
That's "snappy"?
Why even document these sort of mundane banalities? I've read better dialogue in the "plays" my six-year-old niece writes, and she churns out thousands per year! One would think that Mr. Woods, a "professional" writer who must produce only a single book per year, could do better, but instead we get insipid and unrealistic exchanges like the following: "You're man enough for any woman, Stone," said Allison. "Why, thank you, Allison," grinned Stone.
Has this conversation ever taken place in the history of human interaction? I think not.
I could go on, but merely thinking about "Dead in the Water" has begun to nauseate me. Suffice it to say that I won't be reading any more Stuart Woods novels, and I urge other intelligent and discerning readers to save their money, too. What's most puzzling to me, though, is how this drivel ever got published in the first place. The back jacket informs us that Mr. Woods is a New York City area attorney, and I smell connections--along with the reeking stench of "Dead in the Water."
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"Dead in the Water" was very entertaining...filled with enough humor, intrigue, interesting characters, action and sex to keep me turning the pages rapidly. Stone Barrington, a New York City lawyer and former cop, finds himself stranded on the tropical island of St. Marks when his girlfriend is unable to join him for a long-awaited cruise on a rented yacht. But there's no time for loneliness or boredom to set in because of the arrival of Allison Manning. Allison sailed her yacht into harbor and was immediately accused of the murder of her husband while they were at sea. Her story of his fatal heart attack and burial at sea is plausible, but the authorities don't believe her. She is accused of murder even though there is no body, no murder weapon and no motive.
Stone immediately takes pity on Allison and agrees to represent her; however, since he is not qualified to try a case in the British legal system, she is also represented by an aging local barrister. The bizarre legal system assumes that she is guilty, and the penalty is death by hanging, so the stakes are very high. The local authorities are also corrupt and are eager to make an example of her. Stone knows that the case must receive lots of public attention in order to focus the eyes of the world on the grave injustice about to be done, so he calls a press conference and obtains exclusive interviews with "60 Minutes" and other news shows.
Right from the beginning, there are plenty of reasons to doubt Allison's motives and alibi, and Stone pursues some independent investigation into her background. He also falls head over heels "in lust" with her and they spend most of their time together in bed.
There are plenty of plot twists and surprises right up until the end of the book, and just when you think you've got it figured out a new angle surfaces. You'll be kept in suspense until the end of this entertaining, interesting novel.
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