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New York Dead (Stone Barrington Book 1) by [Woods, Stuart]
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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.

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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061711861
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC130Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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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.
MY FEEDBACK:
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.
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Stuart Woods' writing strolls along effortlessly yet has more twists and turns than about any author I've read. The very effective element of surprise in 'New York Dead' stands this one up beside a Robert Ludlum novel. The surprises were truly unexpected and kept me completely disoriented.
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!
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I'm a fairly new Woods fan, and have read about half of his books, and I think NY DEAD, when stacked against his other works, stands up well. If not for CHIEFS, one of his earliest books, I'd put NY DEAD up there as my favorite Woods book.
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.
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great read that moves along quickly and doesn't linger to distraction on the romantic involvements of the main character (the downfall of so many detective yarns). however, i am still confused about one thing: on page 213 of the paper edition, stone is asked by his new law partner to undertake a video-taping on behalf of a male client who wants a divorce from his philandering wife..."if he gets his little video...," implying the client is male. he then gets the video (page 234) and his law partner is so thrilled he calls his client immediately to relay the good news, but the call begins "hello, charlotte?" implying that a woman is the client. i read this several times and it still reads as if an editor blinked along the way. thinking this was deliberate, i assumed going forward that this somehow played into the plot. it doesn't, but there it is.
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NEW YORK DEAD is pure entertainment. Quick and fun. Stuart Woods has created an enviable character in Stone Barrington. He always gets the girl...in fact he gets all the girls. Stone is smart, handsome, debonair and he spends alot of time in bed. Even the tragic events in Barrington's life like losing his job or a romance ending are so not tragic that little sympathy is evoked. With a wry sense of humor and very little effort, Stone goes about solving mysteries. Novelist Woods deftly maintains the suspense throughout the story and rewards the reader with surprises at the end. This is a book (and a series) that will appeal to men and women, so long as they are not in the market for gripping, gut-wrenching intensity. - Robert John Estko, the author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE (available on amazon.com)
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