Set in the shimmering heat of the desert Southwest, Short Straw marks the return of the six-foot-seven-inch take-no-prisoners Santa Fe lawyer Ed Eagle, in a complex thriller that delivers the kind of sexy, fast-paced suspense that readers have come to expect from Stuart Woods. Ed Eagle, Santa Fe's preeminent trial lawyer, first introduced in Woods's Santa Fe Rules, finds himself in extreme domestic difficulties. On the morning of his fiftieth birthday, as he is about to open his elegant new law offices, Eagle learns that he is in the sort of trouble usually reserved for his unluckiest clients. Quickly marshaling his resources, which include two private detectives, an accused murderer, and an ace ex-IRS agent, he begins a campaign to save his law practice, his wealth, his reputation, and his self-respect from the astonishing machinations of the person closest to him. The action takes Eagle's team across the Southwest-through the lush southern California world of the very, very wealthy, with the delights of exclusive spas and secluded hotels; to the U.S.Mexico border, and its ever-present dangers; and deep into parts of Mexico where no one can be trusted, least of all the police-always pitted against a wily and completely ruthless adversary. Full of double-crosses and unexpected twists, Ed Eagle's life is one of heightened risks-and pleasures. Witty, action-packed, and compulsively readable, Short Straw is the kind of story that only Stuart Woods could tell.
After an eventful trip to Bel-Air and a reunion with his sophisticated (and very wealthy) former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he's looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But Arrington has other plans for Stone . . . including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.
Stone Barrington is back in the newest edge-of-your-seat adventure in the New York Times-bestselling series.<P> Stone Barrington's newest client does not seem the type to bring mayhem in his wake. A polite, well-deported gentleman, he comes to Stone seeking legal expertise on an unusual--and potentially lucrative--dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction and sends him on his way, but it's soon clear Stone hasn't seen the end of the case. Several people are keenly interested in this gentleman's activities and how they may relate to a long-ago crime . . . and some of them will stop at nothing to find the information they desire. <P> On a hunt that leads from Florida's tropical beaches to the posh vacation homes of the Northeast, Stone finds himself walking a tightrope between ambitious authorities and seedy lowlifes who all have the same prize in their sights. In this cutthroat contest of wills, it's winner-takes-all . . . and Stone will need every bit of his cunning and resourcefulness to be the last man standing.
Stone Barrington is enjoying his usual dinner at Elaine's when his boss at Woodman & Weld, the law firm where Stone is "of counsel," walks in, sits down, and hands Stone a check for one million dollars. It seems Stone's undercover dealings with MI6 have brought in a big new client for the firm, and they're willing to pay Stone a huge bonus and make him a partner. But almost as soon as he's taken the deal, Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion: It may be that the lucrative new client whom he's introduced to the firm might be a Bernie Madoff in disguise . . .
Includes: <P> L.A. Dead: Stone's trip to Venice-with a fiery Mafia princess-is cut short by a frantic phone call from half a world away. A celebrity murder has Los Angeles in an uproar and has a former flame pining for Stone's help-in more ways than one...<P> Cold Paradise: Palm Beach is the most glamorous scene-of-the-crime yet for cop-turned-investigator Stone Barrington, who becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still.<P> The Short Forever: Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London, on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn't. Soon he finds himself not only out of his territory, but out of his depth as well. Baffled as he is by the behavior of both his quarry and his client, Stone's life is further complicated by two, possibly three, murders and the affectionate attentions of two former lovers. When the intelligence services of three countries become involved, he can only hang on for a wild ride and hope for a not-too-bumpy landing.<P> Dirty Work: 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.<P> Reckless Abandon: Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington tracks a mobster hiding deep within the witness protection program in this new thriller in the New York Times bestselling series-with a little help from beautiful Florida police chief Holly Barker.<P> Two Dollar Bill: Two-Dollar Bill delivers all the storytelling twists and whip-smart banter readers have come to love in Stuart Woods's thrillers, as suave Manhattan cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is back on his home turf caught between a filthy rich conman-who's just become his client-and a beautiful prosecutor.
Sante Fe lawyer Ed Eagle is "a fascinatingly flawed character,"* and in these three edgy, exciting novels from the New York Times bestselling author, he takes on difficult clients, a dangerous woman, and cases that offer "plenty of fun" for thriller lovers. (*Booklist) Short Straw Santa Fe Dead Santa Fe Edge
Includes Orchid Blues, Blood Orchid, Iron Orchid, and Hothouse Orchid:<P> Orchid Blues (Holly Barker #2): When Holly's wedding festivities are shattered by a brutal robbery, she vows to find the culprits. <P> Blood Orchid (Holly Barker #3): Chief of Police Holly Barker returns in her third suspenseful adventure-along with her father Ham and Daisy the Doberman.<P> Iron Orchid (Holly Barker #5): Now working for the CIA, ex-chief-of-police Holly Barker joins the elite task force tracking an ex-CIA tech wizard who kills his political targets for sport. <P> Hothouse Orchid (Holly Barker #6): Going home can be hard. But for Special Agent Holly Barker, it could be her one chance for justice against an old enemy...
Includes six novels: Dark Harbor, Fresh Disasters, Shoot Him If He Runs, Hot Mahogany, Loitering With Intent, and Kisser.<P> Dark Harbor (Stone Barrington #12): Stone enters the picturesque town Dark Harbor off the coast of Maine, where the shocking deaths of three people have cast a long shadow over this island haven-a locale as mysterious as it is exclusive.<P> Fresh Disasters (Stone Barrington #13): A chance encounter with a small-time crook sends Stone Barrington straight into the heart of New York's mafia underworld...<P> Shoot Him If He Runs (Stone Barrington #14): Stone Barrington and Holly Barker pursue a master spy and murderer in a tropical paradise that's getting hotter by the minute...<P> Hot Mahogany (Stone Barrington #15): Stone Barrington is hired to protect a former intelligence agent with a penchant for antique furniture-and a bad case of amnesia. And what he's forgotten, some will kill for...<P> Loitering With Intent (Stone Barrington #16): Key West is a great place to unwind, unless you're Stone Barrington, and you're looking for someone who doesn't want to be found.<P> Kisser (Stone Barrington #17): A fetching Broadway actress has a pout to die for, a past to hide from- and Stone Barrington on her case...
"Shrewd, sexy"* lawyer Stone Barrington stars in these three fast-paced novels from a New York Times bestselling author who knows how to mix "danger and humor into a racy concoction" (*Publishers Weekly). Lucid Intervals Strategic Moves Bel-Air Dead
Stone Barrington thought he'd heard the last of former girlfriend Arrington after she left him to marry Vance Calder, Hollywood's hottest star. The last thing Stone expected was a desperate call from Calder. Arrington has vanished, and her new fiancé wants Stone to come to LA and find her. In a town where the sharks drive Bentleys and no one can be trusted, Stone soon discovers he's drowning in a sea of empty clues that takes him from Bel Air to Malibu to Rodeo Drive. Running out of time and leads, he needs to keep his head above water and find Arrington fast, or end up swimming with the fishes himself.
Two-Dollar Bill delivers all the storytelling twists and whip-smart banter readers have come to love in Stuart Woods's thrillers. In this latest, Stone Barrington, the suave Manhattan cop turned lawyer, is back on his home turf, facing down a brilliant southern flimflam man. The fun- and action-begin with what Stone believes will be a quiet dinner with his ex-partner, Dino, when they are interrupted by Billy Bob, a filthy-rich, smooth-talkin' Texan, who strolls in with the head of Stone's law firm and, unwrapping his wad of rare two-dollar bills, announces he's in town "to make money" and in need of an attorney-namely, Stone-to handle his affairs. No sooner have they sealed the deal with a handshake than the roller-coaster ride begins. Soon Stone is caught in the midst of a beautiful federal prosecutor and a love from his past, a con man with more aliases than hairs on his head, and a murder investigation that could ruin them all. In this stylish adventure in the bestselling series, Woods proves once again that he's at the top of his game.
John Howell, a former investigative journalist trying to escape from his past, finds a perfect sanctuary in a lakeside home in the North Georgia mountains. But little does he realize the town harbors a dark and evil secret, hidden deep within the lake's waters...
Stone Barrington finds intrigue abroad in the sensational thriller from New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.<P> Stone Barrington is no stranger to schemes and deceptions of all stripes--as an attorney for the premier white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, he's seen more than his share.<P> But when he travels to Europe under highly unusual circumstances, Stone finds himself at the center of mystery that is most peculiar, even by his standards. Two unexpected invitations may be the first clues in an intricate puzzle that will lead Stone deep into the rarified world of European ultrawealth and privilege, where billionaires rub elbows with spies, insider knowledge is traded at a high premium, and murder is never too high a price to pay for a desired end...
In Stuart Woods's bestselling series, Stone Barrington discovers that some jobs don't pay... <P> When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case--and an old one comes back to haunt him--he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will go to cover up their crimes--and commit new ones...
Nothing is more precious than White Cargo. In drug-soaked Columbia, a father searches for his daughter among men who would lay down their lives for the pleasures of white women and white powder. The best selling author of Deep Lie delves deep into the jungle for a top-notch tale of drugs, danger, and rescue.
Not a man to dwell on the past, Stone Barrington has no choice but to rattle old skeletons when the people closest to him start dying, and he has little to go on but the suspicion that the killer might be someone he once knew. The trip down memory lane isn't all bad though, for it reunites Stone with his ex-partner, Dino Bacchetti, now head of detectives in the nineteenth precinct.Trying to find a brilliant killer in a sea of old faces is difficult enough without Stone's former love, Arrington, now Mrs. Vance Calder, resurfacing too--especially when she sets off her own fireworks coming nose to nose with his latest flame, a Mafia princess as beautiful as she is dangerous.Caught on a thrill ride of a case that tests him as none has ever done before, Stone races to find a twisted madman with a taste for blood vengeance, with only a prayer to find him before Stone's worst fears are realized.
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