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Dead in the Water: A Novel (Stone Barrington Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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From Library Journal

Vacationing on the island of Antigua, New York investigator/lawyer Stone Barrington (a Woods perennial) gives up on the warm waters of the Caribbean to help someone who's definitely in hot water?a young woman accused of murder when her wealthy husband disappears from their yacht during a transatlantic crossing.
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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061711918
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 17 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC11D8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced and Filled with Twists Sept. 25 2001
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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1.0 out of 5 stars This Book Reeks April 20 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Suspense, Love and more� April 18 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i loved it!
Published 16 months ago by M. Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead in the Water is Not A Dead Story
... 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... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by iqhope
4.0 out of 5 stars Whatsup???
I was walking and reading this book on tape. It concluded with Stone hailing a cab to scuttle off to LA because his former girlfriend was pregnant and he'd gotten a call from her... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by foodlover
3.0 out of 5 stars Way too unbelievable...
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! Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by Christopher Berry
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Dead
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003 by Mandy Morreale
5.0 out of 5 stars first read by this author...I will have to read them all..
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
Published on Jan. 2 2003 by Christine Hartline
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...but no cigar...
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2002 by A. Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 hours later...
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... Read more
Published on July 1 2002 by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Thriller
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. Read more
Published on May 7 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars What a vacation for Stone!
Stone Barrington, who is supposed to be on vacation, finds himself trapped in a murder trial. He has to learn to keep his professional and personal lives separate in this... Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2001 by Jessica Davis
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