Swimming To Catalina Mass Market Paperback – Oct 22 1998
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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.
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
If I could give 6 stars, I would!! This is definitely Stuart Woods best Stone Barrington novel yet. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2003 by Mandy Morreale
All I can say is read this book if your are looking for a book you can't put down. I have read fourteen Stuart Wood's books and this was one of my favorites. Read morePublished on March 2 2002 by rbr
This book has the same page-turning quality as New York Dead. It is the fourth book in the Stone Barrington series. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2001 by Jessica Davis
This was the first book that I had read by Stuart Woods. I picked it up on a lark, and started to read and didn't quit until I turned the last page. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by L. J Young
I was dissapointed in this novel. While I still like Stone Barrington adn I was glad to see Dino included, it was a stretch to have him follow Arrington. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2000 by TSchlaack
This was the first of Woods books that I have read and it will not be the last. This book keep the suspense until the end. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 1999 by MSMICHELLE6@HOTMAIL.COM
This book should have been 200 pages thinner. It is boring for the first half. Woods seems to think that sex and mildly finny banter will sustain the book until the real story... Read morePublished on July 3 1999