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New York Dead [Hardcover]

Stuart Woods
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April 1 2001
Everyone is always telling Stone Barrington he's too smart to be a cop, but it's pure luck that places him on the streets in the dead of night, just in time to witness the horrifying incident that turns his life inside out. He is suddenly on the front page of every New York newspaper, and his life is hopelessly entwined in the increasingly shocking life (and perhaps death) of Sasha Nijinsky, the country's hottest and most beautiful television anchorwoman. No matter where he turns, the case is waiting for him, haunting his nights and turning his days into a living hell. Stone finds himself caught in a perilous web of unspeakable crimes, dangerous friends, and sexual depravity that has throughout it one common thread: Sasha. The first of the Stone Barrington novels, New York Dead was first published in 1991. Along with a page-turning plot, it provides the background for the character who is "too good looking to be a cop. Too smart, too." Barrington's adventures continued after NEW YORK DEAD with DIRT (1996), DEAD IN THE WATER (1997), SWIMMING TO CATALINA (1998), WORST FEARS REALIZED (1999), L.A. DEAD (NOVEMBER 2000), and COLD PARADISE (APRIL 2001).

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Woods's latest (after Palindrome ) is a slick thriller set in Manhattan's Upper East Side, the stomping ground of Stone Barrington, a well-bred but unpretentious detective who, in a city of several million people, always ends up in the right place at the right time. Late one evening, as Stone trudges home from Elaine's Restaurant, popular TV newscaster Sasha Nijinsky plummets 12 stories from her terrace and lands on a heap of dirt 20 yards away from him--remarkably, still alive. Stone fails to apprehend the person who flees Sasha's penthouse and, after the ambulance carrying her collides with a fire truck, Sasha herself disappears. Despite the fact that no corpse is in evidence, the baffled NYPD eagerly pins a murder rap on Sasha's distraught lesbian lover. Stone refuses to accept his colleagues' pat solution and even maintains that Sasha might have survived thanks to skydiving training and her billowing, parachute-like robe. Bed-hopping TV newspeople, a sexy blonde judge sporting a red dress beneath her robes, a serial killer targeting cabbies and a creepy med-school dropout turned mortician who idolizes Sasha romp through this calculatedly melodramatic crime story all the way to its grisly B-movie finale. 75,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first of the author's novels to feature police detective Stone Barrington, this 1991 thriller finds him in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnessing an accident that turns his life inside out. His investigation leads into some serious weirdness of both the criminal and sexual kind.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read April 26 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rating System:
1 star = abysmal; some books deserve to be forgotten
2 star = poor; a total waste of time
3 star = good; worth the effort
4 star = very good; what writing should be
5 star = fantastic; must own it and share it with others
STORY: When off-duty detective Stone Barrington is a witness to body landing at his feet from a several story apartment complex, he is thrust into a mystery of money, jealousy and police politics.
MY FEEDBACK:
1) Woods has a very easy to read style of writing. You can zip through his book in no time
2) Warning: Adult content. Explicit sex, profanity and alternate lifestyles within these pages. Some reader may find this offensive.
3) Biggest complaint I had was how immature I felt the author handled the sex. It was almost like a dirty old man sharing his personal fantasies vs. an author deftly crafting a steamy scene.
4) Stone is a strong, fun character to follow and he is cliché in all the ways that readers like and keep coming back for more.
OVERALL: I think the average person will find this a good read, even though I personally didn't care for the ending much. Its not that I felt the author jipped me or tied things up too nicely, I personally didn't care for the central content of why things happened. I've been told that this is his only book done this way and if I liked his writing then try his other Barrington books. I will do this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spell binding Jan. 30 2014
By Marlis
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Now hooked on Stuart Woods. Have to buy all his books to continue reading intriguing cases. Love that Stone Barrington.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Light, But Lively Read or "Nothing Dead Here" Dec 27 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
NEW YORK DEAD is pure entertainment. Quick and fun. Stuart Woods has created an enviable character in Stone Barrington. He always gets the girl...in fact he gets all the girls. Stone is smart, handsome, debonair and he spends alot of time in bed. Even the tragic events in Barrington's life like losing his job or a romance ending are so not tragic that little sympathy is evoked. With a wry sense of humor and very little effort, Stone goes about solving mysteries. Novelist Woods deftly maintains the suspense throughout the story and rewards the reader with surprises at the end. This is a book (and a series) that will appeal to men and women, so long as they are not in the market for gripping, gut-wrenching intensity. - Robert John Estko, the author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE (available on amazon.com)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! May 7 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There can never be enough detective novels set in NYC for my taste (I could be bias since I live here). After reading this book I can say that I look forward to reading the rest of the Stone Barrington series. This book is very well written and the story was very enjoyable. Of course the most important thing was the the story flowed,the pages kept turning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, a new series to look forward to???? April 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
New York Dead is my first Wood's book, but it won't be my last. I have to agree with some other reviewers....New York Dead is a silky smooth read. The plot unrolls itself without interruption from the first page to the last. The characters, both weird and normal (is there such a thing) are entertaining to say the least. Isn't it the search of entertainment that keeps us avid readers coming back for more??? Stuart Woods delivers.
Can anyone survive the fall from a twelve story building? Well they do in New York Dead. That's not the only surprise in the book.
Get the book and read it you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start For A Series Jan. 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is Stuart Woods at his best. Woods does a fabulous job of creating the well rounded Stone Barrington character. This was not the first book I had read in the series, so it was interesting to see how Stone Barrington went from cop to lawyer. The plot line in the story is excellent and definitely keeps the pages turning. I had no idea what was going to happen at the end, and that is just the way I like it. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to start the next in the Stone Barrington series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book felt right from the start! Jan. 27 2003
By djbrkns
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stuart Woods' writing strolls along effortlessly yet has more twists and turns than about any author I've read. The very effective element of surprise in 'New York Dead' stands this one up beside a Robert Ludlum novel. The surprises were truly unexpected and kept me completely disoriented.
Stuart Wood's characters are also very well done. Stone Barrington's exclusion for being 'white bread', as well as his financial difficulties and bout of unemployment was interesting, realistic and refreshing. Dino Bachetti and the self preservation of the precinct created an extremely appealing obscurity around the case. Even Cary Hilliard's duality worked for me which was surprising in itself.
Too many characters became somehow connected kind of making Manhattan feel like it was inhabited by about two dozen people, but I was able to overlook most of that. I do wish Scoop Berman's role had been a completely anonymous character or left out completely. He was one too many and kind of an eye roller.
In my opinion, Stuart Wood's smooth delivery puts him next in line to John Sandford. This could be the author I've been looking for!
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2.0 out of 5 stars My first Woods, but also my last Dec 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To be honest, I'm surprised by all the 4- and 5-star ratings. Despite the stray twist here and there, this book was extremely predictable. The dialogue did not ring true, and I also had the sense of the author pulling the characters around by the nose in order to facilitate his plot. This was especially noticable in the actions of Dino and the other cops -- occasionally they would do something that seemed to come out of left field. Later, a plot point would develop and I would say, "Ah, that's why the author had them doing that." The last thing you want is to see the author pulling the strings, so to speak, behind a work of fiction.
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