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Though Woods's (Heat) latest caper provides all the credibility of a soap opera, the novel also offers some of the guilty pleasures attendant to that TV format. When wine merchant Sandy Kinsolving meets art dealer Peter Martindale on a flight from London to NYC (the novel's primary locations), they are inspired by watching Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train to hatch their own version of that classic plot-in which two strangers each agree to commit murder for the other. It seems that both men have "troublesome" wives, so why doesn't Sandy kill Peter's spouse and Peter return the favor? After one lady is duly offed, however, events careen out of control. In fact, so many subsequent episodes occur (many of them preposterous and too tidily handled) that the murder pact gets lost. As often happens in the world of soaps, a glossy veneer lends an air of sophistication-a corner suite at London's Connaught Hotel, a cashier's check for $28 million-and, also, of unreality. (Even the dialogue begins to smack of Noel Coward.) Enjoyable for a time, the tony tinsel is overtaken by a blandness that ultimately undercuts the novel's would-be dramatic and psychological aspects. BOMC, QPB alternates; Harper Audio.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A retake of the Alfred Hitchcock movie Strangers on a Train (1951), this would-be thriller by the author of Dead Eyes (HarperCollins, 1994) begins when Sandy Kinsolving and Peter Martindale make a bargain to kill their wives. Before Kinsolving can pull out, his wife is murdered; must he follow through as well? Unfortunately, the author blunts the suspense by allowing his wealthy characters to solve their problems with money rather than wits. Worse, he leaves major plot details unexplained (e.g., Who killed the woman in the gallery, and why? Why did Cara get into the limousine? What happened to the old doorman?) and falls back on a struggle-for-the-gun climax instead of resolution. The fun part of the story involves all the trappings of great wealth: limousines, caviar, chartered jets for cross-country flights, and stays in fancy hotels. For large collections only. [BOMC and Quality Paperback selections; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/94.]-Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
--Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If only this one would be made into a movie, I would be the first in line to see it !!!
Stuart Woods at his best !!
This truly was an 'easy read.' There was suspense but I wouldn't call that the reason for not putting the book down. The story does develop with an interesting twist. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2001 by missannie1686
I enjoy reading most Stuart Woods books. This book is no exception. The short chapters and quick character development make this book a quick read. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2000 by Drew
woods writes no frills, plot driven thrillers, as suspenful as well crafted t.v. movies. in a twist on the tradition of making movie adaptations of best selling books, the is a... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2000
I've already read around 10 other Stuart Woods books and can't get enought. Imperfect Strangers kept me reading and in suspense as usual, however I found the ending to be a little... Read morePublished on March 10 2000
The book lives up to its billing as the first great beach book of the season. It's a light, quick read with a fun -- but not funny --plot. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 1998