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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; First Edition edition (April 15 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399149821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399149825
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,313,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Douglas P. Murphy on Aug. 2 2009
Format: Hardcover
Stuart Woods knocks out a winner! I have read several of his books and like them all but prefer the Stone Barrington series which are a combination of detective, mystery, espionage and thriller novels. The plot starts off as a high profile divorce case for a very wealthy woman and quickly extends into an international manhunt as La Biche makes her appearance. The dialogue is entertaining throughout and the plot is full of surprises. Stone is colorful and pleasantly flawed with some bad habits we secretly can enjoy.The Griffon Trilogy: Part I
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By A Customer on Oct. 31 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If this book is worthy of 4 stars and considered to be very good for its genre, then the murder-mystery genre is surely lacking in creativity, drama, intelligence,and scope of others.
While this is not the worst murder-mystery, cop, secret-agent, book I have read, all in the genre have been lack luster.
The plot of the book is average. Yet a few of the characters are quite interesting, much more so than the lead character of Stone Barrington, namely his lieutenant friend, and the main antagonist.
Character interaction is well done, believeable, and enjoyable. You can truly see Stone interacting with all the characters.
I am still looking for a murder-mystery/secret-agent, cloak and dagger book to really peak my interest. From what I have seen these authors are to well known and sell to many copies of books when the books are very poor.
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Format: Hardcover
this is the first book featuring stone barrington that I read..and do the pages ever fly by! the book starts off in a totally different place than where it ends up..it's not intitially what it seems...
the characters are interesting, the action's great and the dialogue's very beleivable..a great read that I highly recommend.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit that this is my first encounter with Stuart Woods and Stone Barrington, and I found them quite refreshing. It reminded me of Jeffrey Deaver in that the dialogue is crisp, the action substantial and the "New York kinda' attitude" ever present. Barrington must service the sleazier side of one of his lawfirm's clients, and while I am sure that it goes on, it might be odd that the "of Counsel" on the letterhead is tasked with this responsibility.
In any event the job is botched but one poor photograph of the encounter between a straying husband (of the client) and a "masseuse" appears to be the face of an international chameleon-like assassin (get ready for the play on words) code name "La Biche."
This starts an exciting ball rolling that creates a series of murders, sex, but no Rock 'n Roll. You'll have to see George Pelecanos for that. Nonetheless, while perhaps not riveting certainly a great airplane read, and at a minimum, magnetic. The only portion I found truly unbelievable was Barrington's moralizing at the end. I mean he's a lawyer for God's sake.
At any rate, good stuff. I'll read more of Mr. Woods and take advantage of some of the readers' citations to other good Barrington tales. Four stars. Larry Scantlebury
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By A Customer on Dec 30 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Stuart Woods book I have read (listened to) and it will be my last. I thought it was lame and unbelieveable. I was irritated by Stone's alternating levity at inappropriate times, and pompous moralizing. The British accents were very amateur, and the voices muffled. Toward the end, I just laughed at how stupid the plot had become.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I keep waiting for another "Chiefs" from Woods - but I keep reading these lame stories instead.
I guess he shot his literary wad in his first novel?
Several years ago I picture this conversation:
Woods accountant: You know you can write off money you spend doing research for your books on your tax returns?
Woods: Really?
Woods accountant: Yep, if you are writing a book about the tropics then you can fly there to do research on the hotels, night life, etc. Heck, you can even do research right here in New York!
Woods: Hoo-hoo!
I am sure Woods DOES have a table saved for him at Elaine's - he HAS to mention her in every Stone novel. Sometimes it is so obvious that it does not fit into the rest of the story. Also naming the waitstaff probably does wonders for his service - but what junk for the reader.
Once Woods started his "let us write this off as research" kick Stone gets to fly everywhere and stay at the best hotels and resorts and always eat at the best restaurants - all of which are name-dropped in the book. Partly to tell us how rich the author is and I am sure so he can write it off.
How convenient that the photog skips out to St. Thomas! Good thing he didn't run off to Fargo or something or Stone/Woods would not have even bothered to chase after him.
To get an extra Elaine's mention in, Woods has "Carpenter", Stone, and Dino meet there - even though 2 of them KNOW the assassin is trying to ID Stone from a newspaper story! As soon as Stone finds out they leave (without eating) and go to another restaurant (also named).
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