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Dead in the Water: A Novel (Stone Barrington Novels)

Dead in the Water: A Novel (Stone Barrington Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods
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Millionaire author Paul Phillips Manning died on board his yacht while on a Caribbean cruise with his sexy young wife, Allison. She claims he had a heart attack, and due to the climate and distance from port, she was forced to dispose of the body at sea. Sir Winston Sutherland, the minister of justice on the tiny island of St. Marks, isn't buying it and charges her with homicide. The trial and the execution could both be completed within a week. Vacationing New York lawyer and investigator Stone Barrington comes to the damsel's aid and soon winds up in her bed. Now in his fourth appearance, the suave and priapic Barrington soon finds himself embroiled in a case in which nothing is as it seems, from Allison's story to Manning's death to the agenda of the Charles Laughton^-like Sir Winston Sutherland. This is a cleverly plotted, witty crime caper with a dash of sex, a likably roguish hero, and a surprising twist at the finish. Great for lightweight summer reading. Wes Lukowsky

From Kirkus Reviews

Woods bounces back from the doldrums of his last few formula thrillers in this tidy did-she-do-it puzzler, nicely stirred by Caribbean breezes. When the 45-foot yacht Expansive puts into the island paradise of St. Marks, the only thing missing is the skipper, mystery novelist Paul Manning, who, his wife tearfully tells the authorities, suffered a fatal heart attack while she watched helplessly from high atop a mast, and had to be buried at sea. The story's good enough for the coroner's inquest, but not for Sir Winston Sutherland, the ambitious Minister of Justice, who thinks a high-profile conviction might be just the thing to vault him into the aging Prime Minister's post. Luckily for Allison, she has just the credentials (blond hair, killer bod, boundless sexual stamina) to secure herself the premier legal representation on St. Marks: vacationing New York lawyer Stone Barrington (Dirt, 1996, etc.), whose appetite for adventure, etc., has been whetted by the unexpected absence of his live-in girlfriend Arrington Carter. It's a case that suits Woods's talent for streamlined, unnuanced narrative down to the shoreline. With no witnesses but Allison--now enjoying a cool $12 million payoff from Paul's insurance--and virtually no physical evidence showing how (or even whether) Paul met his death, Stone doesn't have to bother arguing the facts; all he has to do is orchestrate a massive p.r. campaign designed to impress on the government what a disaster a conviction would be for St. Marks's crucial tourist industry-- while trying to find some wiggle room in the island's draconian trial law, which pretty much assumes that the accused is guilty and the real crime would be keeping the jury past dinnertime. Trying to make this neat, utterly unsurprising, tale-- Woods's best since L.A. Times (1993)--last more than one sitting would be like staying up all night nursing a Godiva truffle. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; $300,000 ad/promo) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 585 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0061711918
  • Verlag: HarperCollins e-books; Auflage: Reprint (17. März 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FC11D8
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Stuart, Keep Stone Stories Coming! 8. Mai 2000
This is another Stuart Woods novel starring the former detective turned lawyer Stone Barrington. If I remember correctly, he was first introduced in NEW YORK DEAD, a novel that held me fast from start to finish. I was glad that Stuart Woods decided to make him a recurring character (and he continues on again in SWIMMING TO CATALINA). Barrington saga, Woods has Stone leaving NYC just before a terrible winter storm for what is supposed to be a romantic vacation with his erstwhile new girlfriend and lover Arrington. The storm and other factors (namely a famous Hollywood actor) prevent her from making the trip and instead, Stone finds himself embroiled in the defense of a woman who sails her husband's sailboat into St Mark's harbor less her husband. The charge is murder and if Stone fails, his defendant will hang.
Woods keeps us going with his usual fast pace. As Stone prepares his defense, he soon forgets the hurt of Arrington's absence and becomes involved with his client. That's another thing Stone does well; he attracts women like a moth to a flame. If a woman did what Stone did, people would call her a slut. When Stone does it, male readers must think, "what a lucky guy!"
The courtroom drama continues and the tension heightens. Stone has to deal with the political aspirations of a native prosecutor who wants to be prime minister of the tiny island nation (formerly a British colony). But it makes for fast and interesting reading.
The ending is somewhat predictable and yet somehow ironic. Stone also loses someone he wants to stay connected with and his vacation with Arrington never comes off because she doesn't make it to St Mark's.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A thrill a minute must read! 13. April 1998
"Dead in the Water" by Stuart Woods delivers a suspenseful thriller formula about a beautiful young woman that docks a yacht in a Caribbean port. Allison Manning, claims her husband had a heart attack and she buried him at sea. The plot thickens when she is charged with murder after the authorities learn about the $12 million insurance policy her husband took out several years ago. Vacationing lawyer Stone Barrington, whose girlfriend misses their flight to the Caribbean because of a work assignment, leaves Barrington free to come to Manning's aid. Allison tearfully tells the authorities, how her husband suffered a fatal heart attack while she was lodged atop a mast and was unable to help herself down much less help him through his unfortunate incident, and was forced to finally bury him at sea. The story's good enough for the coroner's inquest, but not enough for Sir Winston Sutherland, an ambitious Minister of Justice, who thinks a high-profile conviction might be just the thing to catapult him into the Prime Minister's post.
Allison comes off as the poor little rich girl with all the right credentials (blond hair, killer body, and boundless sexual stamina) to secure herself the premier legal representation on St. Marks in the vacationing New York lawyer, Stone Barrington and his side kick Leslie Hewitt an elderly local barrister.
Stone believes that he need only lodge a media campaign to expose the islands government that assumes that the accused is guilty and the real crime would be keeping the jury past dinnertime.
Stone is pulled deeper into the mysterious web of Allison Manning by succumbing to her seductive advances which render him impotent to a justice system which bears very little resemblance to the American courts. Dead in the Water is a cyclone of a roller coaster ride. Every page leaves you on the edge and the verge of suspense.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Dead in the Water: Page-turner extraordinaire 14. November 1999
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Stuart Woods' novel Dead in the Water is a suspenseful tale of murder, romance, and deception. Woods has crafted a story that captures the reader's attention from the opening paragraph until the closing lines. Never is there a dull moment in this thriller. The reader follows the adventures of Stone Barrington, an ex-cop turned lawyer who is intriguing yet refreshingly real. Stone's tropical vacation is interrupted when he meets murder suspect Elizabeth Manning. Through his own good will, he decides to defend this mysterious beauty who stands to lose her life if found guilty. The case has a new twist at every corner, and somehow it never manages to get dull. The story rises to higher levels of suspense as Stone and his client become romantically and passionately involved. The characters develop nicely throughout the novel. As the story line progresses, the reader develops a seemingly intimate relationship with the novel's protagonists and exhibits genuine concern for their well-being. Woods should be commended for this stellar literary accomplishment. By constantly introducing new elements into the complexity of the plot, Woods manages to keep the reader guessing. In fact, the novel's outcome is not clear until the final pages; therefore, no reader can willingly put it down without finishing. The story's conclusion is slightly far-fetched but enjoyable and ironic nonetheless. Woods' endeavor is a page-turner extraordinaire and a treat for anyone lucky enough to pick it up. Dead in the Water receives four out of five stars. Highly recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Tropical Trip To Terror!
Stuart Woods takes readers down to the Caribbean with Stone Barrington. Stone has to help prove the innocence of a beautiful woman, Allison, who is accused of murdering her... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2000 von Brad Stonecipher
5.0 von 5 Sternen Very entertaining.
Stuart Woods delivers again. Well written with enough twists and turns to keep my interest. Fast paced enough so I didn't get bored, and when I read the last page I didn't feel... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2000 von jeanne
3.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad
A friend of mine gave this to me, and being the print addict that I am, I read it. Interesting storyline, but Woods doesn't go very deeply into character development, except for... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2000 von NewWorldSmurf
5.0 von 5 Sternen Thoroughly Enjoyable
By accident, I read this book after its counterpart ("Swimming to Catalina") which was supposed to be the second one. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Januar 2000 von Spock
4.0 von 5 Sternen GREAT BEACH READING
So it wasn't War and Peace but it was a Stone Barrington sequel and I love his charachters and the characters he finds and socializes with. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. August 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Stuart Woods brilliant as usual
Stuart Woods reunites us with Stone Barrington. Okay, so the guy is a cad, but he is fun to be with. And he cheats on his girlfriend. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. August 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen By the end I realized that I really enjoyed the story
This is my first Stuart Woods book I have read. I was a little put off at the relationship between Stone and Allision. I found it to be unrealistic. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen WOW!!!
Great read!!!
My first Stuart Woods book....not disappointed though.
Good story line. Character development was outstanding. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Mai 1999 von H. L. Wasden
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Thriller! Stone Barrington has done it again!
Anyone who has read Stuart Woods before, such as NEW YORK DEAD, and SWIMING TO CATALINA, have experienced the life of Stone Barrington. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. März 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Dead In The Water but Not Dead Reading
This is the first book I have read by Mr. Woods. The plot combined with Mr. Woods writing style made for exciting reading. I found it extremely hard to put down. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht
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