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Woods seems to write smooth and solid thrillers as fast as most of us read them. Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington of New York Dead returns with all his street smarts intact in this story about a powerful gossipmonger who has the tables turned when dirty pictures of her start appearing on fax machines across the country. The characters are so rich, famous, and upscale that you might get a nosebleed, but Woods has a light, deft touch that makes the book hard to resist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It may be his fifth novel in three years, but this slickly entertaining suspenser displays Woods at the top of his game with no signs of flagging. A sizable supporting cast of paparazzi-challenged beautiful people share the action as Stone Barrington, the suave ex-cop attorney-hero of New York Dead, makes his comeback. In this superbly paced tale, Stone gets involved in a blackmail scheme involving Amanda Dart, a much-feared, nationally syndicated gossip columnist. After Amanda is photographed in bed in a Manhattan hotel with a married real-estate magnate, a fax headlined "DIRT" and presenting both the photo and details of Amanda's tryst is sent to a weighty list of prominent people and major media outlets. The DIRT fax-web quickly expands to snare the gay but closeted editor of a sleazy L.A. tabloid. When Stone is hired by Amanda to sniff out who's spilling the pearls about these jealously guarded privacies, one of his operatives, a retired N.Y.C. cop, is murdered. The intrigue deepens when one of the perps is identified as closely resembling a male model in a Vanity Fair cologne ad. Dripping with name-dropping, haute couture and pricey playthings, and spiced with hormonal aerobics as Stone trolls the siren-infested waters of upscale Manhattan, the narrative rockets toward an abrupt but absolutely stunning denouement. Using all his skills here, and subtly reminiscent of the waggish P.G. Wodehouse, Woods delivers a marvelously sophisticated, thoroughly modern old-fashioned read. $275,000 combined (with the simultaneously published HarperPaperback edition of Choke) ad/promo; simultaneous HarperAudio edition; author tour; U.K., translation, dramatic rights: Janklow & Nesbit.
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I am a Stone Barrington Fan and I wasn't dissapointed in this book either...So far I have love all the Stone Barrington series of books... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2013 by Rose Blake
Reading Stuart Woods'"Dirt" was like reading a made-for-TV movie: Glamorous characters, fast-paced action and nothing too deep to make your head hurt. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by John Ashley Nail
Trouble with this novel are its cast of urban characters. With minor exception they come off as people who make more money than they deserve, who appreciate little of what they've... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2002 by F. E. Mazur
I'm a big fan of Woods, but I'm writing this review to say that he shouldn't be judged by this book, which is appropriately titled. Read morePublished on July 8 2002 by Frank Morris
Another Stone Barrington book and as usual very entertaining. Nothing spectacular or earth shattering but enjoyable and something to look forward to reading each night.Published on March 2 2002 by Robert B. Ressler
When I first began reading this book, I was not too sure if I was going to finish it! But then I thought, "This is Stuart Woods-it has to be good". Read morePublished on July 31 2001 by Jessica Davis
Super lightning fast speed. Can you deal with a lot of drama? You know, backstabbing, rampant sex, a murder here or there? Read morePublished on May 30 2001 by "agentlin"
I have really liked all of Stuart Woods books. Be aware that in each of them there is one or two brief sex scenes. They ARE very explicit but well written and brief. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2000 by Robert C. Kaufman