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Swimming To Catalina Mass Market Paperback – Oct 22 1998

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (Oct. 22 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061099805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061099809
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,341,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Formerly a cop and now a lawyer, Stone Barrington is plummeting to the bottom of the ocean with an anchor chained to his waist at the start of Woods's 17th novel (after Dead in the Water, 1997), a smoothly presented if slight thriller that ambles pleasurably through a kidnapping plot involving Barrington's ex-lover (improbably named Arrington). Her husband, actor Vance Calder, flies Barrington out to Hollywood to help find her. In L.A., Barrington goes from flavor-of-the-minute to persona non grata in less time than it takes a flop to disappear from a multiplex. Naturally he's suspicious, so he starts investigating on his own and finds links aplenty among Calder, a mobster named Onofrio Ippolito (head of the Safe Harbor Bank) and labor fixer David Sturmach. The plot moves quickly and is full of dialogue and genial if unsurprising gibes at self-centered stars. Unsurprising is the key word here. Neither the mystery nor the romantic subplot contributes much in the way of suspense to this pleasant, inoffensive airplane read. $250,000 ad/promo; BOMC alternate. (May) simultaneously with Swimming to Catalina.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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After nearly two dozen books, Woods can still surprise readers, not only with clever plots and characters, but also with his knowledge of everything from aeronautics to yachtsmanship. His latest story has former NYPD cop turned lawyer Stone Barrington off on an adventure even James Bond might envy. Barrington's former girlfriend Arrington has married Barrington's friend Vance Calder, Hollywood's hottest actor. Three months into the marriage, Arrington's been kidnapped, and Vance calls Barrington to beg for his help. Barrington comes to L.A. only to find a hornet's nest: Vance has hooked up with some unscrupulous Mafia-like characters. Now they've got Vance under their thumbs and do not want anyone poking around. Barrington's detecting efforts turn him into a prime target for the baddies, but using his well-honed lawyerly skills and gathering encouragement from a bevy of Hollywood beauties, Barrington gets Arrington back and "disappears" Vance's problems. Despite the fact that this book is definitely politically incorrect and Barrington has apparently never heard of safe sex, it's a highly entertaining read that's chock-full of slam-bang action, fast cars, beautiful women, fine wine, and tart, tongue-in-cheek humor. Another outstanding effort from this popular author. Emily Melton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is the first novel I've read by Stuart Woods and now I see I should have read "Dead in the Water" first, but nonetheless, it was a good read. The story takes retired detective now lawyer, Stone Barrington, to Hollywood to help search for his former girlfriend Arrington who has married the famous actor, Vance Calder. Stone is surprised after he arrives to find that Calder isn't as worried about Arrington as he had first appearred to be. He is given first class treatment, a fancy car, nice hotel, even a part in Vance's new movie,and is then shuffled out of town in a hurry which only makes Stone determined to find out what is really going on with Arrington, especially since Calder has told Stone that Arrington is pregnant and there is a chance that Stone could be the father. The reader is led on a chase with important Hollywood types who want to see him dead. He narrowly escapes death after being tossed overboard into the Pacific ocean with an anchor tied to his waist. Stone figures out that Arrington is being held against her will and won't stop until he has found her. That may mean an end to Vance Calder's career if the public find out about the scandal he's gotten himself into. It's up to Stone to uncover the truth about who has taken Arrington and why without letting Vance's name come out. The story has a very exciting ending which I won't reveal and all in all it was a good story. The only objection I have is that Stone was sure quick to jump into bed with any pretty woman that looked his way. Isn't he concerned about diseases? Well, I know it's just a story, but I could have done without all the sex.
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What more could you want in a fast-paced novel? Stone Barrington appears again to "save the day" in this thriller set in the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles. Stone is summoned by Vance Calder to help locate Stone's former girlfriend and Vance's current wife, Arrington who has vanished.
When Stone arrives in Los Angeles and visits Vance on the set of a movie he is filming, Vance is evasive about the details of Arrington's disappearance, a walk-on part is suddenly contrived for Stone and he is groomed to appear in the movie. But just as suddenly, Vance announces that Arrington is visiting her family in Virginia, the part is reduced, and Stone is rushed out of town. He feels uncomfortable with the story about Arrington and decides to stay around until he finds her.
Then the action really starts. He is tailed, his rooms are searched, and he starts to find lots of incriminating evidence that something is seriously wrong. He believes that Arrington has been kidnapped and that Vance is in over his head. Stone has an affair with Vance's uninhibited personal secretary, Betty, who provides some more clues, but Stone later finds out that he can't trust her either.
Stone enlists the help of his police buddies to do research on some of the suspicious characters surrounding Vance Calder and stumbles across what he believes to be a huge money laundering operation run by Oney Ippolito. He receives a puzzling invitation to dine on Ippolito's yacht, but never makes it. Two goons that work for Ippolito bind his arms and legs, chain an anchor to him and dump him in the channel. He manages to dislodge the anchor and swim to Catalina.
The tale gets even more exciting after this, as the level of danger and intrigue builds.
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A sequel to the outstanding Dead in the Water, this book is much more enjoyable when you know the background -- the story of Stone's unhappy romance with the oddly-named but delectable Arrington. If you've followed Stuart Woods' career, you'd know that his very first book was a sailing memoir (Blue Water, Green Skipper); it's a joy to see this author return to his boating roots in this and the preceding book. (You won't believe the scene in which Stone is thrown overboard with an anchor tied to him.) Even if you don't care beans for boats, cancel your appointments -- Dead in the Water and Swimming to Catalina aren't to be put down!!! (The title, incidentally, is a quote from Raymond Chandler: "Oh sure, I do something you don't like and I'll be swimming to Catalina with a streetcar on my back." What a combination -- an adventure/mystery writer at the top of his form, putting his appealing character on the same streets once prowled by Philip Marlowe. Stuart, THANK YOU! MORE!
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These two books go together, and this was the second chronologically. But I didn't know that before reading them, and read this one first. The first chapter gives an insight to the ending of "Dead in the Water", but believe it or not, knowing that made "Dead in the Water" more enjoyable for me. I found both these books to be real page turners. I read this one during layovers and on the plane while making a business trip. When I got where I was going, I rushed out to a local bookstore for something else by Woods, and ended up with "Dead in the Water". Suspenseful, entertaining, thoroughly enjoyable.
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Stuart Woods is an amazing author, he has never let me down. His novel Swimming to Catalina is the sequel to Dead in the Water. It is important to read Dead in the Water first to apprieciate Swiming to Catalina. Stone Barrington is the main character of both novels. He is an ex-cop of the NYPD from which he was forced to retire. Stone became a lawyer and joined a big firm in New York. In Swimming to Catalina Stone is trying to find his ex-girlfriend for movie star Vance Calder. Stone has plenty of trouble finding his ex. This was a great book just remember to read Dead in the Water first. Great job Stuart
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