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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (Aug. 24 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061094048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061094040
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,466,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I enjoyed this book, having found and bought it on sale at a local bookstore. The concept begins simply enough - two men meet on a trans-Atlantic plane flight, both of them are in unhappy marriages, and they end up making a deal to kill each other's wives. The protagonist of this book, Sandy Kinsolving, decides to back out of the deal, but the other man has something else in mind and goes ahead with his part of the bargain and kills Sandy's wife. The story spirals from that moment on and is, for the most part, quite interesting.
There were two editorial errors though. One: Sandy's wife is killed while he is waiting in a limo for her. While waiting, he takes a mobile phone call from his brother-in-law, but is OFF the phone at the time of the actual killing. However, he and his bro-i-l both tell the police that they were talking at the time ("I was still talking to him [his bro-i-l] when...the doorman came to get me") and that was simply not the case. I thought at first he was trying to cover himself but that was also not the case.
Second error: Sandy states later in the book that his wife had told him that she had pictures of him [commiting adultery]. Well, that never happened, at least in the conversation written in the book regarding why she wants a divorce and I would think that that would certainly be mentioned.
The book is typical Stuart Woods material, meaning certainly enjoyable but nothing worthy of any awards or high praise. I read this one in about 3 hours on a rainy Sunday. So if you enjoy Grisham-ish books and have a few hours to kill, this is certainly for you.
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Stuart Woods always gives a quick read, filled with action. This book is no different. Within the first two chapters, the plot of the book is layed out. Sandy Kingsolving and Peter Martindale meet on an airplane. Ironically, they are both having difficulties with their wives, and plot to kill each others wife! They meet and work out the details, but Kingsolving has seconds thoughts and calls the entire thing off. His wife still ends up dead, and Martindale tries to blackmail him.
Will Kingsolving finish through with the plan and kill Martindale's wife next? Or will be go to the police and hope they believe him? Won't you be surprised when you find out just who Sandy is really supposed to kill...
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Woods makes no secret of his inspiration for Perfect Strangers and namechecks the classic Hitchcock movie Strangers on A Train in chapter 2.
The basic premise is identical-two strangers plot to "exchange murders".Alexander Kinsolving runs the wine division of the family liquor company and meets Peter Martindale,an expatriate Brit on a plane from London to New York having been summoned home following a stroke suffered by the nonagenerian patriarch of the family.He fears being pushed aside in the resulting restructuring of the business and divorce proceedings are imminent his wife being ready to sell the wine division to a competitor.Martindale,a gallery owner in Frisco wishes to see his wife killed and secure her personal assets.
Kinsolving reneges on the deal after trying to contact his associate but Martindale carries out the murder of Kinsolving's wife and insists that Kinsolving carry out his part of the bargain.Things get massively complicated when Martindale's wife turns out to be Kinsolvings new lover.Things move to a somewhat perfuntory climax on Alcatraz
The book moves briskly but lacks originality of plot and the prose while économical and brisk is flavourless.
It will serve as a light holiday read but will not linger long in the mind.The book is not helped by Kinsolving -its nominal hero-being a bit of a prig and as usual in these things the villain is altogether a more interesting figure.
Chewing gum for the eyes and OK on this level
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By A Customer on Feb. 3 2002
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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 !!
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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.
I would have been interested to read of a strong moral problem for Sandy when thinking of his own responsibility in the murder. There doesn't seem to be much angst over any of the deaths in the story. The characters just were not intense.
The story did flow easily from one premise to another. I believe that probably is what makes the book so difficult put down.
I do plan to read another of his stories just to compare the two books.
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By Drew on Oct. 9 2000
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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. If you are looking for a book to take on a trip to pass the time this is the one for you. With the exception of Dirt and What Lies Beneath, I think you will enjoy this exceptional quick read author.
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