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Short Straw (Ed Eagle Novel)


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Stuart Woods is the author of more than sixty novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Stone Barrington series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New Mexico.


One look at his bedside clock, and attorney Ed Eagle knows he's in trouble. He's overslept on the day of his office's grand opening. But this fact quickly pales as he learns the reason for his tardiness: his wife drugged him the night before. Moreover, she has left him and ostensibly cleaned out his bank accounts. And so begins Woods's latest thriller, which revisits characters and settings introduced in Santa Fe Rules. The author's fans, as well as other readers who revel in the plot-driven novel, will no doubt enjoy this fast-moving tale of Eagle's multifront campaign to retrieve his monetary fortunes, escape assassination, defend a guilty client, and win the affections of a lovely young starlet who moves to town. There isn't much character development or a sense of place here. For all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/06.] Nancy McNicol, Ora Mason Branch Lib., West Haven, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

At the start of this taut tale of a very bad woman out to fleece a very good man from bestseller Woods, Santa Fe, N.Mex., lawyer Ed Eagle wakes up one morning with a terrible hangover and a missing wife. After a few phone calls, it turns out that not only has his wife, Barbara, disappeared, she's in the process of taking $5 million of his money with her. Ed, who met Barbara in an earlier Woods novel, Santa Fe Rules (1992), knew she was a shady character, but she was also beautiful and fabulous in bed so he married her. He hires a couple of PIs to find her, but every time they catch up with the unrepentant Barbara, she shakes them off and gets away. She's the most compelling character in the book, willing to go to any lengths, including murder, to keep the money. Scarcely an excess word gets in the way of the briskly moving plot. Author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Short Straw

"This fast-moving tale has more than its share of twists, turns and double-crosses...a fine romp."--The Roanoke Times (Virginia) "Woods keeps [his characters] moving smartly around the playing board like so many checkers."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A taut tale of a very bad woman out to fleece a very good man...Scarcely an excess word gets in the way of the briskly moving plot."--Publishers Weekly "Woods keeps the wattage high."--Booklist

More Praise for Stuart Woods

"Stuart Woods is a no-nonsense, slam-bang storyteller."--Chicago Tribune "A world-class mystery writer...I try to put Woods's books down and I can't."--Houston Chronicle "Mr. Woods, like his characters, has an appealing way of making things nice and clear."--The New York Times

"Woods certainly knows how to keep the pages turning."--Booklist "Since 1981, readers have not been able to get their fill of Stuart Woods' New York Times bestselling novels of suspense."--Orlando Sentinel

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