Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
New York lawyer and private investigator Stone Barrington comes to the aid of a lovely woman accused of the murder of her missing, wealthy husband

Blackwell North Amer
In Dead in the Water, Stone has barely arrived in St. Marks, a lovely Caribbean island nation, on a sailing vacation when something very strange happens: a beautiful young woman sails into the harbor, entirely alone on a large yacht. Before long she is under the intense scrutiny of local authorities in the very considerable person of Sir Winston Sutherland, the minister of justice. The problem is, though she arrived alone, she had departed the other side of the Atlantic in the company of her husband, a well-known writer, who is no longer in evidence.
Evidence is what fascinates Stone Barrington, and before many pages have been turned, he is all that stands between the apparently innocent Allison Manning and the patently evil Sir Winston, whose motives are unclear. What is clear is that the St. Marks system of justice bears little resemblance to the American courts to which Stone is accustomed and that his smallest error could prove fatal to his client.
Inextricably caught in a swirling storm of island madness and murder, made worse by a hurricane of sensational press coverage, Stone can hardly find the time to indulge his usual romantic inclinations, but he learns that, even under the intense illumination of a Caribbean sun, nothing is what it seems to be, and no one can be trusted.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Dirt presents a new novel featuring New York lawyer-cum-private-investigator Stone Barrington, who comes to the aid of a lovely woman accused of the murder of her missing, wealthy husband, in a fast-paced tale of Caribbean intrigue and romance. 175,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 1997
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060183684
0060183683
Branch Call Number: MYS Woods, S 400.3 1997
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 25 cm

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Slaytongibbs
Sep 07, 2014

It's a pretty good for a quick page-turner. This is the second Stone Barrington book I've read. In both, Stone seems to be a bit on the block-head side, missing significant clues that are apparent to the reader. The brief sex scenes are just plain wooden, as if the publisher told the writer that it needed some requisite sex scenes to sell. (I say delete them because they make no sense to the stories.) For his part, Stone's apparent success as a lawyer is despite his dim wits and inability to identify dishonest women. Maybe he's the fantasy figure for the everyman: successful even though he's not very smart; and he seems to be drawn to women who dump him. Gee...what's wrong with this picture? Stuart Woods has created an interesting character but I wonder if the character defects are intentional.

akasq Dec 04, 2013

One of Stuart Woods earlier
Stone Barrington novels ( # 3)
# 1 was good #2 got Better
#3 only added to what will be
a long list of enjoyable reading.
Great twist to this one,surprising
ending,capped off a terrific plot.

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RichardPaul
Feb 12, 2011

Dead in the Water ---- by Stuart Woods c - 1997 ---- Thriller/Mystery ---- So much for Stones relaxing voyage. He learned alot about law in different countries on this sailing trip. ---- Enjoy this read: I thought it was Excellent. ---- RichardPaul

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