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Hired to prove infidelity in an heiress's marriage, Stone Barrington goes undercover. But the work turns dirty-and catastrophic-when the errant husband is found dead and the other woman disappears without a trace. Now, Stone must clear his own good name and find a killer hiding among the glitterati of New York's high society. Enter Carpenter-the beautiful British intellige Hired to prove infidelity in an heiress's marriage, Stone Barrington goes undercover. But the work turns dirty-and catastrophic-when the errant husband is found dead and the other woman disappears without a trace. Now, Stone must clear his own good name and find a killer hiding among the glitterati of New York's high society. Enter Carpenter-the beautiful British intelligence agent first encountered in The Short Forever-who has arrived in New York to begin an investigation of her own. Stone suspects that her case is strangely connected to the dead husband. And he and Dino, his former NYPD partner, are set to face the most bizarre and challenging assignment of their very colorful careers.


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Hired to prove infidelity in an heiress's marriage, Stone Barrington goes undercover. But the work turns dirty-and catastrophic-when the errant husband is found dead and the other woman disappears without a trace. Now, Stone must clear his own good name and find a killer hiding among the glitterati of New York's high society. Enter Carpenter-the beautiful British intellige Hired to prove infidelity in an heiress's marriage, Stone Barrington goes undercover. But the work turns dirty-and catastrophic-when the errant husband is found dead and the other woman disappears without a trace. Now, Stone must clear his own good name and find a killer hiding among the glitterati of New York's high society. Enter Carpenter-the beautiful British intelligence agent first encountered in The Short Forever-who has arrived in New York to begin an investigation of her own. Stone suspects that her case is strangely connected to the dead husband. And he and Dino, his former NYPD partner, are set to face the most bizarre and challenging assignment of their very colorful careers.

30 review for Dirty Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    Great series! gritty in nature which was full of underhanded supporting characters that add their own twist to this storyline with additional intense action..well written (paperback!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    One of my least favorite in this series. This chase for a principled killer, if you will, is full of bungling on behalf of innocents and chasers to the point of annoyance. 3 of 10 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jack Heath

    5 Stars. Again Stone Barrington does some lawyering, but spends a great deal more time on entertaining beautiful women, policing with his friend Lieutenant Bacchetti, and enjoying the high life at Elaine's. These addictive episodes could be titled, "In the life of Stone." Bill Eggers, the senior partner at Woodman and Weld always frets about losing any of the firms' rich clients; when Elena Marks worries about her husband's fidelity, Bill asks Stone to get proof. It's dirty work so he hires the 5 Stars. Again Stone Barrington does some lawyering, but spends a great deal more time on entertaining beautiful women, policing with his friend Lieutenant Bacchetti, and enjoying the high life at Elaine's. These addictive episodes could be titled, "In the life of Stone." Bill Eggers, the senior partner at Woodman and Weld always frets about losing any of the firms' rich clients; when Elena Marks worries about her husband's fidelity, Bill asks Stone to get proof. It's dirty work so he hires the nephew of a friend, Herbie, to photograph the assignation but the incompetent one proceeds to fall through a skylight and kill the husband. Not the desired outcome! In the process, he actually gets the first photo of an international fugitive, a lovely assassin nicknamed "La Biche" who is being pursued by the UK's security force. It turns out that Stone's recent fling, the attractive Felicity Devonshire who hails from London, is a member of that service. And it begins. The body count mounts. For those who enjoy the series, keep an eye on Herbie, this is his first appearance. He's coming back! So am I. (July 2018)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terence M

    2.5 stars out 0f 5.0 - Audiobook - 6 hours 42 minutes - 6 discs A quick overnight read that reintroduces Carpenter, the beautiful operative from MI5 or 6, or whatever Military Intelligence is called now. Lots of bloodshed was caused by the evil spy, La Biche, who is that queen of clichés. a "master of disguise". She fools Barrington, his good mate Lieutenant Dino, Carpenter, et many al. Some GR reviewers thought this book was funny - a sad comment on their senses of humour I think because I don't 2.5 stars out 0f 5.0 - Audiobook - 6 hours 42 minutes - 6 discs A quick overnight read that reintroduces Carpenter, the beautiful operative from MI5 or 6, or whatever Military Intelligence is called now. Lots of bloodshed was caused by the evil spy, La Biche, who is that queen of clichés. a "master of disguise". She fools Barrington, his good mate Lieutenant Dino, Carpenter, et many al. Some GR reviewers thought this book was funny - a sad comment on their senses of humour I think because I don't remember raising a half-smile anytime from go to whoa. Maybe I just don't 'get' humour in books; the only time I can remember laughing, as in 'LOL', was while reading "The Moon's a Balloon" by David Niven, sometime in the early seventies. The narration was barely satisfactory. The reader's attempt at various English accents may have sounded ok to his fellow Americans, but was barely tolerable to those whose origins are British.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peg

    I'm not sure why I keep reading the Stone Barrington books. He ends up in bed with practically every woman he meets within twenty-four hours. It's kind of annoying and really not much to these stories. But I keep reading them; maybe it's for Dino. I much prefer him to Stone. I'm not sure why I keep reading the Stone Barrington books. He ends up in bed with practically every woman he meets within twenty-four hours. It's kind of annoying and really not much to these stories. But I keep reading them; maybe it's for Dino. I much prefer him to Stone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tgordon

    I’m blowing through this series at break neck rate. This is a fun series that does have nearly everything. Romance sex and murder. Stone is reunited with his female agent from London but she’s in New York chasing a women who is also chasing her! Stone in the middle as always!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerry B

    Maybe best Barrington yet - great action suspense & thrills! We were growing a bit tired of Woods' Stone Barrington series, feeling that the last few were kind of lackluster -- more concerned about Stone's love life and lifestyle than delivering the suspenseful tales we have seen in numerous earlier outings and in Woods' new Holly Barker series. To our delight, "Dirty Work" brings Stone back in a great yarn -- one with such suspenseful action throughout we could hardly turn the pages fast enough Maybe best Barrington yet - great action suspense & thrills! We were growing a bit tired of Woods' Stone Barrington series, feeling that the last few were kind of lackluster -- more concerned about Stone's love life and lifestyle than delivering the suspenseful tales we have seen in numerous earlier outings and in Woods' new Holly Barker series. To our delight, "Dirty Work" brings Stone back in a great yarn -- one with such suspenseful action throughout we could hardly turn the pages fast enough. Reminiscent of John Sandford's "Mortal Prey", in which international assassin Clara Rinker is so clever and so successful we dern near wind up rooting for her instead of the good guys (!), "Dirty" features its own female assassin "La Biche", who is out to get revenge on the British secret service for offing her parents. This becomes the entree to re-introduce sexy Brit female agent "Carpenter", whom Stone met in the just prior novel "Short Forever". More than just a fun dinner (and bed) partner for Stone, Carpenter is the link between Stone's efforts as a private eye, Dino Bacchetti's (Stone's best cop friend) work to catch La Biche for the NYPD, and various FBI hangers-on. Woods' imagination worked overtime as he fills the alternating efforts of La Biche to knock off all her foes (we began to lose count she's so good) and the resolve of everybody else to nail her. Some clever work by Stone to actually engage himself as her lawyer (so that he can twist lawyer/clent confidentiality to their mutual purposes) re-surfaces late in the book as a very unusual twist at the end. Woods is at his very best -- this is a must read not merely for his fans but for anybody enjoying a fast-paced thriller featuring clever bad "guys" and a horde of chasers. The ending brings not only great satisfaction, but who gets theirs brings ample surprise. Enjoy this great read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Adamchuk

    I really enjoyed this Stone Barrington story. It was full of suspense and well-drawn characters. Barrington even did some moralizing in the story. Yes, he had his share of bed time, some close calls with Dino Bacchetti and there were many murders. The basic plot involves a professional assassin, Marie-Terese du Bois, who is after the members of a British Intelligence operation that had her parents killed. One of those participants was Carpenter, with whom Barrington is currently sleeping. Marie- I really enjoyed this Stone Barrington story. It was full of suspense and well-drawn characters. Barrington even did some moralizing in the story. Yes, he had his share of bed time, some close calls with Dino Bacchetti and there were many murders. The basic plot involves a professional assassin, Marie-Terese du Bois, who is after the members of a British Intelligence operation that had her parents killed. One of those participants was Carpenter, with whom Barrington is currently sleeping. Marie-Terese knocks the group members off one by one and is in New York to finish the job. Barrington meets with her and becomes her attorney. Through him, a peace deal is arranged but because of an unforeseen mistake, Marie-Terese doesn't receive her payoff and goes back on a killing spree. With only one member left, Carpenter, she gets trapped in the Waldorf Astoria. The finale could be predicted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dr T

    Our man Stone is at it again. It is quite amazing how he gets himself into these situations involving high-level players, high secrets, murder, etc, from more or less casual acquaintanceships with beautiful and sophisticated women. This book is a case-in-point. He is asked to do a simple catch-the-errant-husband investigation (photos through a skylight), but in the first few pages it turns into high intrigue involving the British Secret Service, the FBI, and, of course, the NYPD. Who would have Our man Stone is at it again. It is quite amazing how he gets himself into these situations involving high-level players, high secrets, murder, etc, from more or less casual acquaintanceships with beautiful and sophisticated women. This book is a case-in-point. He is asked to do a simple catch-the-errant-husband investigation (photos through a skylight), but in the first few pages it turns into high intrigue involving the British Secret Service, the FBI, and, of course, the NYPD. Who would have guessed? The book is definitely and entertaining thriller, but the plot is too incredible to believe. Hopefully the next SB adventure will be a bit more down-to-earth.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was given to me to pass along to someone else (uncle bud!) But I started reading it and quite enjoyed it. Action, adventure detective style, fun premise of not a little too murderous. I would read other books by this author and he has many to choose from. I will drop this one off to uncle bud today😃

  11. 5 out of 5

    David Erickson

    Handling the less than savory cases for the law firm of Woodman and Weld, Stone Barrington is assigned to look into the philandering of a rich woman’s husband, but the photographer Stone hires literally drops in on the subject of the surveillance, and it looks like the fall killed him. But a simple peep and click turns into a search for an international killer and an intimate assignation with an alluring British spy. This is Stuart Woods doing what Stuart Woods does – writing entertaining stories Handling the less than savory cases for the law firm of Woodman and Weld, Stone Barrington is assigned to look into the philandering of a rich woman’s husband, but the photographer Stone hires literally drops in on the subject of the surveillance, and it looks like the fall killed him. But a simple peep and click turns into a search for an international killer and an intimate assignation with an alluring British spy. This is Stuart Woods doing what Stuart Woods does – writing entertaining stories, but about two thirds of the way through I was stopped cold and found it difficult to continue, though I did. As the case unfolds, Stone discovers that the death of the object of the surveillance wasn’t an accident and involved spies and assassins. Stone gleans from Carpenter and her colleagues that it was an injustice that started young Marie-Therese on her murderous rampage. Now it’s clear that British intelligence wronged her by killing her parents (the justification being somewhat unclear) and Stone sees it as his moral obligation to rescue her, which is laudable but for one truly horrendous aspect that gets shoved under the rug. Not only does this woman hire out as an assassin for Middle Eastern terrorists, but she routinely murders gay women so she can assume their identity, often for only a few hours. The whole tale turns on Stone doing the morally upright thing for a morally impoverished and cold-blooded demon. While it mattered what transformed this young lady, Stone’s riding to her rescue like the Eagle Scout he was is laudable for someone who routinely steps outside the law, but ignoring the innocent lives lost at the hands of this troubled young woman was far too jarring. Excellent writing, believable characters, great attention to detail and a solid story arc made this an entertaining read, but the premise drew down on that so much that I would suggest Wood’s fans let this one slip on by, untouched.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Geri

    What a life Stone Barrington lives. The people that are his right hands certainly keep everything running smoothly.

  13. 4 out of 5

    BookCrazy

    I was looking for a new author to read and based on this book, I will continue to look. The story was not new and the characters were poorly developed. The story line lurched from one murder to another with a few bouts of sex in between. Everything happened too quickly and easily (changing appearances, moves to safe houses, trip to St Thomas). There was little drama or tension. It was hard to believe that the villain made so many mistakes after all of her prior successes. Even the hero's conscie I was looking for a new author to read and based on this book, I will continue to look. The story was not new and the characters were poorly developed. The story line lurched from one murder to another with a few bouts of sex in between. Everything happened too quickly and easily (changing appearances, moves to safe houses, trip to St Thomas). There was little drama or tension. It was hard to believe that the villain made so many mistakes after all of her prior successes. Even the hero's conscience and choices near the end versus his "girlfriend"'s lack of conscience was predictable and trite. The whole story from setup to denouement went like a 1 hour crime drama. Maybe that was what the book was meant to be - a script for a TV show.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jayme VA

    Two stars, I think, mainly because I listened to this on audio book. I could not stand the narrator- his New York accent, of which he had to voice more than one character, was horrible. I think I got distracted by the story trying to remember whose voice was whose. I do think I like Stone Barrington and would enjoy more of Woods' books. The story was completely preposterous as you can expect with many noir, international mystery books. It was a nice short listen over all. Two stars, I think, mainly because I listened to this on audio book. I could not stand the narrator- his New York accent, of which he had to voice more than one character, was horrible. I think I got distracted by the story trying to remember whose voice was whose. I do think I like Stone Barrington and would enjoy more of Woods' books. The story was completely preposterous as you can expect with many noir, international mystery books. It was a nice short listen over all.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    Stone Barrington is the ex-NYPD detective that is now a successful lawyer. He works out of a nice home willed to him by his aunt. He has the best clothes, assignments, and women. He always gets caught up in a mystery and this book is no different. The author continues to entertain with it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    This was in a box of books a local friend gave to me to read and then pass on to others. I've not read any other novels in this series--so it was a bit confusing since I would assume readers of the series know what Elaine's is while I did not. The title "Dirty Work" in part refers to the fact that Stone Barrington does work for another law firm when they don't want to do it or don't want to get their hands dirty doing it. Dirty could also refer to all the killing that goes on in this novel (both This was in a box of books a local friend gave to me to read and then pass on to others. I've not read any other novels in this series--so it was a bit confusing since I would assume readers of the series know what Elaine's is while I did not. The title "Dirty Work" in part refers to the fact that Stone Barrington does work for another law firm when they don't want to do it or don't want to get their hands dirty doing it. Dirty could also refer to all the killing that goes on in this novel (both from the supposed good guys and the supposed bad guys). WARNING: SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION **** Stone is contracted to get photos of a married man cheating with his masseuse. Stone hires the nephew of a friend who bungles the job, but in the process, he manages to take the only known photo of an international assassin. This assassin is after a team of Brits who killed her parents when she was a child. Stone's acquaintance Carpenter was one of that team. What I liked: -the pacing was decent -Stone seems like a somewhat ethical guy -Stone tried to broker a deal What I didn't like: -Stone and Carpenter/Felicity sleep together but by the end, they don't even seem to be talking to each other. -The assassin hooks up with several men and women to further her cause of changing identities and/or killing the people she wants to kill. -The killing continues because the lady responsible for getting the wire transfers has to have a quickie and loses the paper with the order behind the fax machine where it is not discovered until after the deadline. -With the assassin being as smart as she is, I have a hard time believing that she wouldn't know that a same day wire transfer needed to be set up prior to 2 PM. That whole part of the plot felt like an author's contrivance to me to get the plot from where it was to where he needed it to go.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    This is the 9th book in Woods’ Stone Barrington series. And I will say at the outset, one of the better ones I have read (or listened to as these books make good choices for audio books). Stone is hired to prove that the husband of an heiress is guilty of infidelity. He in turn hires the nephew of one of his associates, Herbie Fisher, to obtain evidence, but all goes haywire when Herbie falls through the skylight onto an already dead husband, and his paramour has disappeared without a trace. Sto This is the 9th book in Woods’ Stone Barrington series. And I will say at the outset, one of the better ones I have read (or listened to as these books make good choices for audio books). Stone is hired to prove that the husband of an heiress is guilty of infidelity. He in turn hires the nephew of one of his associates, Herbie Fisher, to obtain evidence, but all goes haywire when Herbie falls through the skylight onto an already dead husband, and his paramour has disappeared without a trace. Stone knows something is amiss when it is determined that the husband was dead before Herbie fell upon him. Stone is drawn into dangerous circumstances which he finds connected to Carpenter (a beautiful British intelligence agent who has appeared in an earlier book) who has shown up in New York to an investigation. Working as always with NYPD homicide chief Dino Bacchetti, the action is fast and furious in this one. A fun read (listen) as always.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria Logan-Montgomery

    My husband and I listen to audio books when traveling. We are working our way through the Stone Barrington Series by Stuart Woods. So far this year we’ve listened to Dirty Work, Naked Greed, L.A. Dead, Scandalous Behavior, and Dishonorable Intentions. We’ve not listened to them in order, as we’ve previously read some of the books. Now we’re filling in the gaps of the series. They are all great stories of fighting crime, and the good guys almost always win. The only problem I have with them is tha My husband and I listen to audio books when traveling. We are working our way through the Stone Barrington Series by Stuart Woods. So far this year we’ve listened to Dirty Work, Naked Greed, L.A. Dead, Scandalous Behavior, and Dishonorable Intentions. We’ve not listened to them in order, as we’ve previously read some of the books. Now we’re filling in the gaps of the series. They are all great stories of fighting crime, and the good guys almost always win. The only problem I have with them is that the reader frequently mispronounces words, especially French words, but occasionally, American English words. I wish he would look up the correct pronunciation of foreign language words, and place names in the U.S. He is great with making different voices for the different characters, though.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fianna Whitman

    The story was great. I love the Stone Barrington novels. I also loved that the assassin was female. The only thing I didn't like was that I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator was absolutely horrible. He made all the women sound like they were 100 years old and all the men were either Italian NYC cops or just sounded ridiculous. Even what he termed as a "Spanish"accent was actually Italian. Worst narrator ever. But the story is good and well written. I suggest reading a paper copy. The story was great. I love the Stone Barrington novels. I also loved that the assassin was female. The only thing I didn't like was that I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator was absolutely horrible. He made all the women sound like they were 100 years old and all the men were either Italian NYC cops or just sounded ridiculous. Even what he termed as a "Spanish"accent was actually Italian. Worst narrator ever. But the story is good and well written. I suggest reading a paper copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    April

    Way better than the last Stone Barrington book I read (D.C. Dead — rated 1/5 stars). Then again this is only the 9th book in the series (versus the 30-somethingth book), so Woods isn’t burnt out yet. I loved Marie-Therese and how somehow, I was cheering for her even though she was a “bad guy.” She was SO badass and also never slept with Stone so I give her an A+ rating for that since basically every other woman in the series falls at Stone’s feet begging to have sex with him. She did not. Very a Way better than the last Stone Barrington book I read (D.C. Dead — rated 1/5 stars). Then again this is only the 9th book in the series (versus the 30-somethingth book), so Woods isn’t burnt out yet. I loved Marie-Therese and how somehow, I was cheering for her even though she was a “bad guy.” She was SO badass and also never slept with Stone so I give her an A+ rating for that since basically every other woman in the series falls at Stone’s feet begging to have sex with him. She did not. Very admirable — and unusual in such a white male baby boomer fantasy read as this series tends to be.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diana Suddreth

    Whenever I need a quick read to keep on track for my Goodreads goals, I can count on Stuart Woods to deliver a few hours of fun with Stone Barrington. In this one Stone has a little help bungling into an assassin who manages to elude him while dropping people all over NYC. Carpenter, a character in one of the other books, comes to town for a little work and a little fun, which provides Stone the always necessary opportunity to spend some time in bed. I don't expect much from the Stone Barrington Whenever I need a quick read to keep on track for my Goodreads goals, I can count on Stuart Woods to deliver a few hours of fun with Stone Barrington. In this one Stone has a little help bungling into an assassin who manages to elude him while dropping people all over NYC. Carpenter, a character in one of the other books, comes to town for a little work and a little fun, which provides Stone the always necessary opportunity to spend some time in bed. I don't expect much from the Stone Barrington series, and that way, I just have fun with the read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue Merrell

    This is my first Stone Barrington novel and I plan to revisit this updated sleuth noir. I love the banter between him and his cop buddy Dino. This plot is full of twists and turns with lots of excitement and danger, not to mention quite a few deaths. But Barrington's response to the international intrigue surprised me. Who looks at an assassin and says "there's gotta be a better way"? And for a while it looks like his logical approach just might work. But the biggest surprise is that he sticks t This is my first Stone Barrington novel and I plan to revisit this updated sleuth noir. I love the banter between him and his cop buddy Dino. This plot is full of twists and turns with lots of excitement and danger, not to mention quite a few deaths. But Barrington's response to the international intrigue surprised me. Who looks at an assassin and says "there's gotta be a better way"? And for a while it looks like his logical approach just might work. But the biggest surprise is that he sticks to the moral high ground in the end. I could learn to like this guy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amberly Reilly

    Barrington, affectionately known as Stone, is a former NYPD police officer-turned-lawyer at a prestigious firm. He is known as being “of counsel” at the firm. This term is used so that Stone’s name will never be directly associated with his firm, since they have him do their dirty work - the kind that wouldn’t reflect well upon their very rich and politically connected clients. This time Stone has gotten into something downright terrifying. He’s been casually dating a British spook who is now Barrington, affectionately known as Stone, is a former NYPD police officer-turned-lawyer at a prestigious firm. He is known as being “of counsel” at the firm. This term is used so that Stone’s name will never be directly associated with his firm, since they have him do their dirty work - the kind that wouldn’t reflect well upon their very rich and politically connected clients. This time Stone has gotten into something downright terrifying. He’s been casually dating a British spook who is now hiding out with him. She’s on a mission to catch a female assassin known the world over for two things: her ability to be a ghost and her willingness to get the job done by any means necessary. No one had ever gotten a picture of this ghost assassin until Stone does by mere coincidence. This puts him in more danger than perhaps anything he’s been involved with before. The events that follow are definitely summed up by the book’s title! Dirty work is something that all governments end up participating in…Great book!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    JayeL

    I got into this series by reading Barely Legal, the first of the Herbie Fisher series. This is the book where Herbie first appears. He is young and stupid and gives Stone a really hard time by inadvertently introducing him to an international assassin. Carpenter appears again as well. While this book has spy stuff in it again, it must more straightforward than The Short Forever. I got into this series by reading Barely Legal, the first of the Herbie Fisher series. This is the book where Herbie first appears. He is young and stupid and gives Stone a really hard time by inadvertently introducing him to an international assassin. Carpenter appears again as well. While this book has spy stuff in it again, it must more straightforward than The Short Forever.

  25. 4 out of 5

    George

    One can read the plot from the description. Fast paced with interesting characters -- unbelievable in that the NYPD let a terrorist wander around NYC without some chaperone. The book sets the stage for Stone's relationship with Carpenter. in subsequent stories.. Stone manages to bed nearly every female in thees books; I was disappointed that Marie Therise Dubois didn't end up there. Maybe Stone has some scruples, after all. Page turner if you don't worry too much about truth and just enjoy it. One can read the plot from the description. Fast paced with interesting characters -- unbelievable in that the NYPD let a terrorist wander around NYC without some chaperone. The book sets the stage for Stone's relationship with Carpenter. in subsequent stories.. Stone manages to bed nearly every female in thees books; I was disappointed that Marie Therise Dubois didn't end up there. Maybe Stone has some scruples, after all. Page turner if you don't worry too much about truth and just enjoy it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike Nesemann

    Some good banter but characters and plot too unbelievable for my taste. Give him credit for a nicely convoluted story but really, two intelligence agents are staking out an apartment and one is killed and the other severely injured by an assailant (for whom they are waiting) armed with an ice pick? If you enjoy not quite superhuman characters and wild plot rides, this could be fun. Not my cup of tea.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Another great Stone Barrington story! Stone gets mixed up with a female assassin who is out to kill several people in NY. As if that's not enough Stone is linked to one of the people on the hit list. Quite a few dead bodies in the story. The female assassin is a master of disguise which makes things all the more interesting. Some interesting opinions/feelings come out of Stone in this story. Stone's police buddy, Dino, is along for most of the ride in this story. Another great Stone Barrington story! Stone gets mixed up with a female assassin who is out to kill several people in NY. As if that's not enough Stone is linked to one of the people on the hit list. Quite a few dead bodies in the story. The female assassin is a master of disguise which makes things all the more interesting. Some interesting opinions/feelings come out of Stone in this story. Stone's police buddy, Dino, is along for most of the ride in this story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one was interesting, I think the big takeaway was that Stone's moral compass is clearly defined. He's not above a bit of sabotage here and there but he draws the line at murder. I will say that I did feel sorry how things ended with La Biche; if not for a bit of a tryst in another part of the world she might have been free and clear. And now I have to read Orchid Beach before I continue on in the series. This one was interesting, I think the big takeaway was that Stone's moral compass is clearly defined. He's not above a bit of sabotage here and there but he draws the line at murder. I will say that I did feel sorry how things ended with La Biche; if not for a bit of a tryst in another part of the world she might have been free and clear. And now I have to read Orchid Beach before I continue on in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    This was another quick and entertaining Stone Barrington book from Stuart Woods. Stone's divorce investigation trying to prove the husband's infidelity suddenly turns into murder. As Stone continues to investigate, he finds the case is not based on jealousy, but revenge for murders committed long ago. It becomes an international case, as he tries to find an assassin trying to get justice for her family. The book has plenty of action! I enjoyed it. This was another quick and entertaining Stone Barrington book from Stuart Woods. Stone's divorce investigation trying to prove the husband's infidelity suddenly turns into murder. As Stone continues to investigate, he finds the case is not based on jealousy, but revenge for murders committed long ago. It becomes an international case, as he tries to find an assassin trying to get justice for her family. The book has plenty of action! I enjoyed it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    This was my first exposure to Stone Barrington, and it was completely disappointing. I realize that books of this genre frequently drift into implausible situations and coincidences, but this one plunged headlong into the preposterous. Had I not been listening to the audiobook, and been a captive audience for 9 hours, I would never have chosen to finish this. There must be better Stone Barrington books out there.

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