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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (March 16 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061013420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061013423
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,830,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Woods's breezy and irreverent brand of detective fiction, full of mischievous asides, plays especially well as audio drama. He's in top form here, having returned to his popular hero, Stone Barrington, a retired cop-turned-investigator who works in tandem with his ex-partner, Dino Bacchetti. Barrington, a lady-killer, is the ultimate smoothy, while Bacchetti, streetwise and jaded, is a rough diamond. Together, the two track a killer on a wanton Manhattan murder spree. He's left a trail of beautiful women with their throats slashed. What's more, the killer is waging a personal vendetta against the investigators, holding a grudge from a long-ago case they worked. Barrington, ever the flirt, gleans essential knowledge by wooing well-placed ladies along the way: amorous hijinks play against murderous mayhem. Narrating is veteran Broadway actor Roberts (he has read several previous Woods titles for Harper Audio), who spiritedly pushes his characterizations to the hilt. For Barrington, however, Roberts reserves a world-weariness befitting the fatigue of a lifelong dick who has seen all too many murders. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover. (Aug.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

From Library Journal

Best-selling author Woods (Dead in the Water) returns with his 19th novel and fifth Stone Barrington adventure. The Manhattan lawyer turned investigator faces an indictment for the murder of a woman he's just met. When other brutal murders quickly pile upAall women connected to him or his best friend, Dino Bacchetti of the 19th PrecinctAStone knows that one of a cop's worst fears has been realized: a con with a grudge is bent on vengeance. While trying to save the lives of the women he cares about, Stone struggles to track down the killer and head off a DA who's out to get him for murder. With sharply drawn characters, a plot that's satisfying to the last dirty deed, and a story that flows with the effortless grace attained only by a master, this seductive novel will have readers twitching with suspense. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [A Mystery Guild main selection and Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternate selection.]ARonnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucso.
-ARonnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Megan on Feb. 4 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stone wasn't expecting anything to happen when he is dragged into attending a party by his ex-partner, Dino. All he was looking for was some alchohol to numb the pain of the absence of his former love, Arrington, who was now married to a superstar, and was raising his child. He ends up going home with a assistant DA, but the night ends in horror when she is murdered while he is out getting dinner.
Things go from bad to worse when his secretary is also killed, then his neighbor is brutally slaughtered right in front of him. It seems that someone has a grudge...
And not just for Stone. Dino is also targeted when his wife is attacked. Now, they both come to the conclusion that the killer must be someone they know.
And in the midst of searching, Stone comes back into contact with Arrington, who throws sparks as she comes face-to-face with Stone's latest fling. Dino's sister-in-law, a hot-tempered Italian girl, who's father is a Mob boss. Now, Stone must find the killer before he makes him pay in ways he's never thought possible.
As always, Worst Fears Realized, was a roller coaster ride of a novel. It had plenty of twists that will keep you guessing, and turning pages eagerly.
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I wouldn't pick up a Stuart Woods book as a first choice. I have a considerable daily commute to work, I borrow books-on-CD from the library to make the trip more interesting. "Worst Fears Realized" is the third Stone Barrington novel I have had the misfortune to borrow. At least the anger these books generate in me keeps me awake for the drive.
What does Stuart Woods have against women? All his women characters are stupid, dull, poorly spoken, helpless, passive, trite, and beautiful. And they all fall all over Barrington like he's the last man on earth. They are cardboard victims and sex objects, nothing more. It gets really boring.
I would love to see Stone Barrington encounter Janet Evanovich's flawed heroine, Stephanie Plum. (Heck, I'd like to see Stone Barrington have a flaw!! ) That might make Woods' novels worth reading...but unfortunately, only if Evanovich actually did the writing.
There are a lot of good mystery and detective thriller writers out there, male and female, who can write realistic, well-rounded characters of either gender. Woods is painfully not one of them. Unless you're stuck with the library's small selection of books-on-CD, don't bother with Stuart Woods. Look for someone who can write more realistic characters.
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Format: Hardcover
Stone Barrington, New York City cop turned lawyer, and his partner Dino, are experiencing a cop's worst fear...that one of the criminals they helped convict harbors a grudge and decides to get even. Herbert Mittledorfer, serving time for killing his wife, is determined to get revenge, and several of Stone and Dino's friends and associates have been killed. But the odd thing is that Herbert is still in prison.
As Stone and Dino work to unravel the mystery of how Mittledorfer is accomplishing his mayhem, Stone continues to be pursued by women and somehow rake in obscene amounts of money from his successful law career. Sarah, a former lover and artist returning from several years in Europe, moves back in temporarily with Stone, and they impulsively decide to purchase and furnish a cottage in Connecticut one weekend. But, just a few chapters later, Sarah is fleeing back to Italy after the gallery in which she is exhibiting her art is bombed...apparently another of Mittledorfer's attacks.
Enter Dolce, Dino's sister-in-law, daughter of a rich, powerful reformed Mafioso. Dolce gets her hooks into Stone (and his mattress), while the scent of the departed Sarah is still in the air. Dolce and her father are aware of the danger Stone finds himself in, and are attempting to help him sort it out, but their interference may be more of a hindrance than a help due to questionable tactics.
In spite of the intrigue, sex and violence, I was never as engaged by this novel as by the many other Stone Barrington sagas. The pacing was somehow off, some of the story lines too unrealistic, and the motivations of Mittledorfer too ambiguous and unexplored. However, even though this novel wasn't the same caliber as other Woods' novels, I'm sure I'll stay tuned for more Barrington episodes.
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Format: Hardcover
I've always been a fan of Stuart Woods, all the way back to when I first read White Cargo. Worst Fears Realized takes the story of Stone Barrington, Woods' one-time cop turned lawyer, and moves it further.
A lot of people say that Woods writes far-fetched fiction, but for him, it works. Sure, Barrington always ends up on top, always finds unbelievable sums of money, and always escapes would-be death. That's fine with me. In these times, it's nice to read about a reality where all things turn out nice in the end.
What drives this book, more than any other Barrington novel, is the banter between Stone and Dino. The characterization is strong, and the reader feels like the third muskateer. Great stuff.
Also, the plot is strong, dealing with a serial murderer who is coming after, in the end, Stone himself. Every element drives another, offering an entertaining read that you just won't be able to put down.
In the end, Worst Fears Realized keeps you interested, keeps you entertained, and will stay in your memory for quite some time.
John Misak, Author of Soft Case and Time Stand Still
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