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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (Jan. 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451208080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451208088
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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In The Short Forever by Stuart Woods, retired homicide detective-turned-PI Stone Barrington--a cross between James Bond and Spenser--is sent on what might be a 'wild goose chase'. His assignment: to find his mysterious new client's missing niece who is somewhere in London.

Stone leaves the US and the niece, Erica Burroughs, is found rather quickly. But then the plot thickens. She has no uncle. Stone is stumped. He soon finds himself embroiled in a puzzling case, where most of the pieces don't add up. Just who is his client John Bartholomew? And what does he want with Erica and her drug-smuggling boyfriend Lance Cabot?

Erica introduces the dashing detective to her sister Monica, and things heat up. And the appearance of two former lovers unsettles Stone, especially when old flame Sarah Buckminster hosts a weekend get-together with her fiancé James and invites Erica, Monica, Lance and Stone. But fun and games turns swiftly into tragedy as a boating accident claims a life. Then more bodies turn up and Stone is thrown headfirst into an international dilemma.

Best Selling author Stuart Woods delves deep into his characters, giving them plausible backgrounds and emotions. He creates means, motive and opportunity for each suspect and gives you just the right mix of action, suspense and romance. This page-turner contains every element that makes an excellent suspense and Woods drives home the twists at every possible corner.

If you're looking for a good read, with interesting, quirky and multi-faceted characters and tons of fast-paced action, pick up a copy of The Short Forever. Kudos, Mr. Woods!

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif, [...]
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To say Stuart Woods is a good storyteller is like saying Tiger Woods is a good golfer. This is another is what is becoming a long line of terrific and highly readable novels. Although my personal reading interests are diverse, I pick up each new Woods' release shortly after they come out and I've never been disappointed. Stone Barrington fans will love the situation he gets into this time and those not familar with him will become loyalists after this one. A quintessential beach read, even if the beach is miles away.
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Format: Hardcover
I came across this author as a member of an online book club, and was hooked on Woods' main character of Stone Barrington after reading his latest ("Dirty Work"). This book, "The Short Forever", is a very fast-paced story that manages to keep you intrigued and guessing for all of its 300+ pages. Let me tell you a few things that may help you make up your own mind about "The Short Forever" (NO SPOILERS):
Though I think this is seventh book in a series with his main character Stone Barrington, I did not feel at a loss at all for not having read any of his previous books. That alone impressed me, but then add on top of that a story that grabs you and does let go until the thrilling (and surprising) conclusion.
Woods combines characters that are cops, ex-cops, lawyers, British & US intelligence, and international smugglers and does it all masterfully. Pick this book up and you likely won't be able to put it back down until its over. For a light read, its very entertaining.
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By Steven P. Herrmann on Aug. 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
I don't know what book these other reviewers were reading, but I found this to be a very [bad] effort. I read a lot of books in this genre, and I'm not usually very critical, but this mess is an exception. The whole style of writing, not just the locale, is very upper-crust British, annoyingly so. I don't really care exactly what Stone (what kind of name is Stone, anyway?) had for lunch at the Connaught grill, or how many suits his tailor made for him, ad nauseum.
The plot is bad, and gets worse as it goes along. I stuck it out till the end, hoping for some kind of surprise, but it never climaxes, just fizzles out. But the biggest problems for me are the characters and the dialogue. Characters are extremely one-dimensional, and even the lead is never flushed out. And really, PEOPLE DON"T TALK LIKE THIS, and if they do, I don't care to read about them. The dialogue is simply terrible.
I've given this some thought, and I came up with this comparison (maybe it's the British setting that did it). IF Roger Moore is your favorite James Bond, then you will probably like this book. Woods' writing is on a par with Moore's acting. But if you have any taste, and you like Connery or even Brosnan better, or you want something with more meat than any Bond flick, then skip this fluff, and go get some Parker (Robert or T Jeff) or LeHane, or SJ Rozan, or Connelly, or anybody, really.
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Format: Hardcover
Stone Barrington is hired by an odd client previously unknown to him. He arrives in London on a mission he thinks he understands, but later realizes he has no idea. Stone is baffled by the behavior of his client and his quarry. His life is again complicated by two, possibly three, murders. When the intelligence agencies of several countries become involved he can only hang on for the crazy ride.
I loved this new book in the Stone Barrington Series. Stone is, as always, intelligent and quirky when he gets hired by his interesting client. This book is as enjoyable as the rest of this series.
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