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).