- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; 1st edition (Jan. 17 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399147365
- ISBN-13: 978-0399147364
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 658 g
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Suave, sophisticated Stone Barrington is a hero destined for the big screen. (Since Cary Grant is dead, Stone will have to be played by Bruce Willis, if he can keep his smirk under control.) He's certainly got the trappings: the Armani tuxedo too well-tailored to reveal the gun beneath the drape, the sexy sports cars, the beautiful women who never fail to throw themselves at him, the confident familiarity with a complicated wine list or French menu. And he's got friends in high places, which helps when you're looking for a beautiful woman who made a big impression on the slightly nerdy but nice software billionaire who hires Barrington to find her.
Between bedding the billionaire's chef in Palm Beach, hiding from the homicidal Mafia princess he almost married in Italy, and playing games with a Hollywood beauty whose young son may or may not be his very own child, Stone hardly has time to do the job he's been hired for. But when he does, he discovers that the object of his search is still another ex-lover, a woman he thought had been executed on a Caribbean island three years ago. All these women, and all these adventures, plus Stone's old pal Dino, a New York cop, will be familiar to readers of Woods's other Stone Barrington thrillers. This one has Woods's trademark narrative punch, solid pacing, and glossy, brand-name panache. If Judith Krantz wrote thrillers, this is what she'd turn out. But don't let that stop you. Cold Paradise is the perfect book for a hot day in the hammock or a long plane ride to a ritzy resort destination. The only real surprise is why Stone Barrington hasn't made it to the big (or small) screen yet. --Jane Adams
From Publishers Weekly
In the seventh thriller featuring cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington and his old sidekick NYPD Lt. Dino Bacchetti, the prolific and urbane Woods is at the top of his consistently bestselling form. In the middle of a New York City blizzard, Thad Shames, a wealthy computer tycoon, offers Stone a small fortune and the opportunity to escape the arctic cold if he will fly to glitzy Palm Beach, Fla., and find a femme fatale Shames knows only as Liz. With the help of Callie Hodges, Shames's sensual young Girl Friday, Stone wastes little time finding Liz, but discovers she is really Allison Manning, a woman he saved from the gallows a few years back (Dead in the Water, 1997). Now known as Elizabeth Harding, she fears her first husband a murderer who Stone believed had been executed is alive and may be stalking her. Not to be deterred from wooing and wedding Liz, Shames asks Stone to protect her. Stone himself is besieged by women: first, the delectable Callie, then his old girlfriend Arrington Calder (L.A. Dead, 2000) and finally, Liz, who suggests a mnage trois with Callie. In the midst of these amorous adventures, Stone consults Dino back in New York, trying to ID a man who fits the stalker's description, and Dino flies in just in time to be involved in a shootout in a Worth Avenue restaurant. Loaded with perfumed sex, sleek jets and yachts, lavish homes, boutiques, gourmet cuisine, quirky twists and nonstop action, Woods's pulpy pedestrian plot is grand fun. Simultaneous audio. (Apr. 23)Forecast: As frothy as ever, but more carefully plotted than L.A. Dead, Woods's latest should scale the charts, given a hefty boost by the book clubs (Doubleday and Mystery Guild main selections; BOMC and Literary Guild alternate selections), a national ad/promo campaign and a 15-city author tour.
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In one of many incredible coincidences throughout the novel he finds her right away, and she turns out to be the woman that Stone had rescued in St. Marks a couple of years ago, and who he believed to be dead. Stone helps her to settle with the insurance company who had paid the $12 million life insurance policy upon her husband's death and agrees to keep her secret from Thad.
In another recurring theme, suave, sexy Stone immediately attracts Thad's private chef and assistant, Callie, into his bed. Liz has also asked Stone to help her thwart a stalker who she believes to be her ex-husband, who supposedly had died on their boat in St. Marks. Stone is also being stalked by his ex-wife, Dolce, who has become dangerously psychotic. Just to fill up a few more pages of the novel, Stone's ex-fiance Arrington, now the widow of Vance Calder, appears on the scene reminding him of how close they once were. In just one novel, four of Stone's current and former conquests vie for attention.
Although I've enjoyed all of the Stone Barrington novels to date, Cold Paradise drags too many characters from previous novels into the plot and tries to find something for them to do. The coincidences and overlaps are too contrived to be realistic. It's time for Woods to retire Stone or at least let him shed some of his past and move on.
Stone looks at his new assigment as a vacation, go to the ritzy Palm Beach; look for this woman named 'Liz', get paid, and go home. But shortly after arriving in Palm Beach, his vacation is turned into a nightmare, when a client from his past appears.
Allison Manning was a client of Stone's (Dead In The Water), being accused of murdering her husband Paul, and insurance fraud, Allison had Stone defend her, and unfortunately she was found guilty and sentenced to death, but fortunately she got off, only to disappear...and then re-appear (a few years later) in Palm Beach, this time around she goes by the name 'Liz'.
Shocked by seeing Allison, Stone is about to enter into a maze of deception. It seems Allison needs Stone's help, once again, to settle some old business, business that comes in the form of her supposed LATE husband Paul, who also happens to be in Palm Beach.
Stone must help Allison settle the score with Paul, and this will prove to be a difficult task, for Paul is a three time murderer, and he has attempted to kill Stone in the past.
Stone must use his razor sharp wit, and with the help of his detective friend Dino, he has to stay one step ahead of everyone, because one wrong move could be his last.
'Cold Paradise' is a weak entry in the bestselling Stone Barrington series. Combining too many characters, and plot themes from previous novels, 'Cold Paradise' becomes hard to follow, and the plot twists are so transparent you can see them coming a mile away.
Stuart Woods, being one of my favorite authors, has written much better novels; where most of his novels are suspenseful, this one is silly; with characters, and plot twists that are too conveniently connected.
'Cold Paradise' will disappoint fans of Mr. Woods previous thrillers.