New York Dead Mass Market Paperback – Jul 23 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Woods's latest (after Palindrome ) is a slick thriller set in Manhattan's Upper East Side, the stomping ground of Stone Barrington, a well-bred but unpretentious detective who, in a city of several million people, always ends up in the right place at the right time. Late one evening, as Stone trudges home from Elaine's Restaurant, popular TV newscaster Sasha Nijinsky plummets 12 stories from her terrace and lands on a heap of dirt 20 yards away from him--remarkably, still alive. Stone fails to apprehend the person who flees Sasha's penthouse and, after the ambulance carrying her collides with a fire truck, Sasha herself disappears. Despite the fact that no corpse is in evidence, the baffled NYPD eagerly pins a murder rap on Sasha's distraught lesbian lover. Stone refuses to accept his colleagues' pat solution and even maintains that Sasha might have survived thanks to skydiving training and her billowing, parachute-like robe. Bed-hopping TV newspeople, a sexy blonde judge sporting a red dress beneath her robes, a serial killer targeting cabbies and a creepy med-school dropout turned mortician who idolizes Sasha romp through this calculatedly melodramatic crime story all the way to its grisly B-movie finale. 75,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
The first of the author's novels to feature police detective Stone Barrington, this 1991 thriller finds him in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnessing an accident that turns his life inside out. His investigation leads into some serious weirdness of both the criminal and sexual kind.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
1 star = abysmal; some books deserve to be forgotten
2 star = poor; a total waste of time
3 star = good; worth the effort
4 star = very good; what writing should be
5 star = fantastic; must own it and share it with others
STORY: When off-duty detective Stone Barrington is a witness to body landing at his feet from a several story apartment complex, he is thrust into a mystery of money, jealousy and police politics.
1) Woods has a very easy to read style of writing. You can zip through his book in no time
2) Warning: Adult content. Explicit sex, profanity and alternate lifestyles within these pages. Some reader may find this offensive.
3) Biggest complaint I had was how immature I felt the author handled the sex. It was almost like a dirty old man sharing his personal fantasies vs. an author deftly crafting a steamy scene.
4) Stone is a strong, fun character to follow and he is cliché in all the ways that readers like and keep coming back for more.
OVERALL: I think the average person will find this a good read, even though I personally didn't care for the ending much. Its not that I felt the author jipped me or tied things up too nicely, I personally didn't care for the central content of why things happened. I've been told that this is his only book done this way and if I liked his writing then try his other Barrington books. I will do this.
Stuart Wood's characters are also very well done. Stone Barrington's exclusion for being 'white bread', as well as his financial difficulties and bout of unemployment was interesting, realistic and refreshing. Dino Bachetti and the self preservation of the precinct created an extremely appealing obscurity around the case. Even Cary Hilliard's duality worked for me which was surprising in itself.
Too many characters became somehow connected kind of making Manhattan feel like it was inhabited by about two dozen people, but I was able to overlook most of that. I do wish Scoop Berman's role had been a completely anonymous character or left out completely. He was one too many and kind of an eye roller.
In my opinion, Stuart Wood's smooth delivery puts him next in line to John Sandford. This could be the author I've been looking for!
One thing is for sure, Woods gets and keeps your attention. I'm the type that if I have a day off from work and no plans, I'll grab a novel and spend the day with it. Every time I reach for a Woods book, it is a day well spent, and you can read a Woods book in a day, no problem.
This is an early Stone Barrington book, if not the first. Any fan of suspense novels who has not tried any of the Stone Barrington books is missing out on some compelling stories and wonderfully tawdry characters. And NY DEAD is, well, dead-on.
This book just flies. After the first chapter, you are hooked. Forget any prior commitments, you're going to have to cancel. No way you're getting a good night's sleep tonight, because you will fight slumber in the middle of the night just to keep reading.
I'm not going to go the whole way and give this five stars, though. I suspect I would, but for I've read other Woods books, and the conclusion of NY DEAD is a shade more predictable than some of his others. But the suspense factor is still high even if you think you figured it out already.
Most recent customer reviews
The first in the series - a great reason to keep reading all of Mr. Woods books.Published 11 months ago by susan
Totally enjoyable. I got hooked on Stuart Woods books through the local library. So glad I started reading his work.Published 19 months ago by Janet Stewart
I am an unconditional of Stuart Woods, I love each of his book. He follows a thread throughout all his book and that makes it interesting and you get attached to the caracters.Published on June 15 2014 by Keleace
Stuart Woods Stone Barrington books are always continuous action and great characters. New York Dead was another suspenseful adventure that held my attention from start to exciting... Read morePublished on June 1 2014 by andrew Duffus
Now hooked on Stuart Woods. Have to buy all his books to continue reading intriguing cases. Love that Stone Barrington.Published on Jan. 30 2014 by Marlis
There can never be enough detective novels set in NYC for my taste (I could be bias since I live here). Read morePublished on May 7 2003 by Brian Siegel
New York Dead is my first Wood's book, but it won't be my last. I have to agree with some other reviewers....New York Dead is a silky smooth read. Read morePublished on April 9 2003 by Robert Busko
This book is Stuart Woods at his best. Woods does a fabulous job of creating the well rounded Stone Barrington character. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2003 by Mandy Morreale