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Dead in the Water


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Stuart Woods is the author of more than forty novels, including the New York Times bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. An avid sailor and pilot, he lives in New York City, Florida, and Maine.


Woods, popular author of 16 novels, easily translates to audiocassette since his writing has a straightforward, easy-to-understand quality. Dead in the Water, for example, has been given at least three audiocassette interpretations. Richard Ferrone, who reads for Recorded Books, has a certain dramatic flair but does not alter or vary his accent with the different speakers; since the book is so heavily into dialog, this is a negative factor. Jonathan Marosz, who reads for Books on TapeR, has a more journalistic style; however, he succeeds nicely in creating different voice patterns, accents, and cadences for his speakers. The mystery involves ex-cop, Manhattan attorney Stone Barrington, who has taken a January vacation in the Caribbean. There, he meets blonde, beautiful Allison Manning, who must explain how her husband has disappeared. There are, of course, intriguing twists and turns that keep the listener guessing as to what really happened to Paul Manning, and Stone soon becomes enmeshed in helping Allison prove that she did not murder her husband. The sound quality of both recorded presentations is quite clear. Both are well recommended for popular collections.‘Jacqueline Seewald, Red Bank Regional H.S., Little Silver, NJ

Stone Barrington, the lawyer and investigator featured in Dirt and Choke, returns for another twist- and sex-filled romp, which finds him matching wits with a Caribbean island politico in a fight to save the life of a beautiful yacht-owning widow. Allison Manning sails the Expansive into the harbor of St. Marks alone. Her husband, noted author Paul Manning, died of a heart attack‘according to her account at the coroner's inquest‘during the journey. She buried him at sea before completing the sail solo. Sir Winston Sutherland, St. Marks's minister of justice, seeking publicity that might elevate him to prime minister, decides to charge Allison with murder on the basis of an incriminating diary and a $12 million life insurance policy. Trial, verdict, sentence, appeal and punishment (death by hanging) are to be carried out in the briefest possible time. With everything favoring the prosecution, Stone, on the island for vacation, comes to the lady's aid in every possible way, even when he begins to have doubts about her story. Woods keeps this fast-paced yarn above farce but filled with enough humor, sex and clever surprises all the way to the last page to make it thoroughly entertaining amusement. (Sept.)

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