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Title:
The short forever
Author:
Woods, Stuart.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P Putnam's Sons, 2002.
Physical Description:
321 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780399148682
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Book

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Summary

In The Short Forever, the unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies -and who both still feel a sting of betrayal they can never forget.Stone's new client, John Bartholomew, asks him to fly to London in search of a young woman whom he suspects has taken up with a mysterious character. Bartholomew asks Stone to see what he can find to discredit the man, Cabot, which seems a simple enough task, and Stone is eager to spend time in London and with his friend Sarah Buckminster. What Stone finds is more bizarre than he had expected. The woman in question isn't related to Bartholomew in quite the way he had implied. And it appears that Bartholomew and Cabot, who once worked together on a secretive assignment, now have very different versions of what went wrong. When Stone himself is implicated in a shocking double murder, he and his partner, Dino, know they have stepped into a strange case unlike any other.


Author Notes

Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia on January 9, 1938. He received a B. A in sociology from the University of Georgia in 1959. He worked in the advertising business and eventually wrote two non-fiction books entitled Blue Water, Green Skipper and A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland. His first novel, Chiefs, was published in 1981. It won an Edgar Award and was made into a TV miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington series, the Holly Barker series, the Will Lee series, the Ed Eagle series, the Rick Barron series and the Teddy Fay series. He won France's Prix de Literature Policiere for Imperfect Strangers.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Woods picks up his popular Stone Barrington series where he left off in Cold Paradise [BKL Mr 1 01]. Stone's much younger lover, Callie, dumps him, leaving him depressed, but a new assignment soon piques his interest. John Bartholomew asks Stone to find his niece, Erica, and separate her from her paramour, Lance, whom Bartholomew claims is a drug dealer. Although Stone has his doubts, he heads off to London where Erica and Lance are living. He soon meets up with the pair and begins observing them. His doubts intensify when he spots Bartholomew in London and discovers that the man is using a false identity. But other distractions impede Stone, such as the reappearance of his former girlfriend, Sarah Buckminster, who is now engaged to a wealthy wine seller. After her fiancedies in a suspicious boating accident, she begins to pursue Stone. As if that weren't enough to contend with, Stone runs into Arrington Calder, the love of his life, at a diplomatic dinner. Meanwhile, Stone discovers Bartholomew's true identity and realizes he's been drawn into a major international scandal with incredibly high stakes. Filling his story with enough twists and turns to dizzy even the most seasoned reader, Woods keeps the tension high until the last page. Kristine Huntley


Publisher's Weekly Review

In recent Woods bestsellers like Cold Paradise, N.Y.P.D. detective-turned-PI Stone Barrington has gone upscale in lifestyle, international in expertise. This time, mogul John Bartholomew hires Stone to fly to London and persuade his niece, Erica, to leave her cocaine-smuggling boyfriend, Lance Cabot, and to make sure Lance winds up in jail. Dapper Stone charms Erica, who offers to set him up with her sister, Monica, and then introduces him to Lance. With help from two British investigators, Stone learns John Bartholomew is not who he seems: not only is he not Erica's uncle, he's really CIA biggie Stan Hedger. Confronted, Stan owns up, revealing that Lance is an ex-CIA agent who blew ops, ran with cash and nearly killed him. Meanwhile, Monica asks Stone to a country weekend with Lance and Erica at what turns out to be the manse of his old flame, Sarah Buckminster, who previously dodged a New York bombing and is now engaged to a megatycoon. The fog thickens when Stone's N.Y.P.D. pal Dino Bacchetti flies over to smooth out the beating death of one of Stone's investigators and Scotland Yard brings in MI6, who suspect Lance is after a top-secret military device for a Mideast client. Woods may have left behind the police action of L.A. Dead, but he churns up plenty of conflict and twisted plotting in this speedy tale. Several bombshell revelations and multiple resolutions combine with the cinematic plot for a perfect flight or beach read. Agents, Morton Janklow and Anne Sibbald. (Apr.) Forecast: Though some fans miss the more rugged Stone of earlier novels, Woods is eternally in bestseller mode and this title should be no exception. Major ad/promo; author tour; Putnam Berkley audio. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Woods's recurring hero, former NYPD detective and now private investigator/lawyer Stone Barrington, has been hired by the mysterious John Bartholomew to go to London to find his niece. Apparently the beautiful twentysomething Erica is in a relationship with alleged cocaine smuggler Lance Cabot. Not only does Stone find the girl, he discovers that she is not John's niece. With the aid of a couple of local London P.I.s and a contact back in the states, Stone finds that John is really a former CIA bigwig and that Lance, too, is a former agent who went astray, fleeing with money that wasn't his in an operation in which both men were involved. Woods's plots and subplots are well developed into a good story that holds the listener's interest. Robert Lawrence's narration and well-done British accents add to the entertainment; a good addition to mystery collections.-Steven J. Mayover, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.