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Reckless abandon
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Woods, Stuart.
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New York : Putnam, [2004]

©2004
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289 pages ; 24 cm
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9780399151514
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Summary

Summary

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington tracks a mobster hiding deep inside the witness protection program in this next thriller in the New York Times-bestselling series. Stone Barrington is, once again, right at home in New York City; but this time he is joined by the tenacious Holly Barker from Orchid Blues, the lady police chief of Orchid Island, Florida. In Reckless Abandon, Holly finally makes it to Manhattan, hot on the trail of an evil fugitive from her jurisdiction. Stone is, well, glad to see her, right up until the moment when her presence creates a great danger to both of them-and to their surprise, she becomes the pursued, not the pursuer.


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)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

It had to happen eventually. Woods' two heroes, cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington and police chief Holly Barker, meet up to pursue a hit man in this new outing. Stone and Holly first crossed paths in Florida in Orchid Blues0 (2001), after her fiance was killed. Now, Holly is in New York, hot on the trail of Trini Rodriguez, who escaped from her clutches in Blood Orchid0 (2002). Trini is now under the protection of the FBI as a key witness in several cases, and they're not about to release him to Holly, who wants him tried in Florida for the murder of 12 people. Holly enlists Stone's help in tracking down Trini, and it should come as no surprise to Woods' fans that they soon end up in bed together. Trini continues to elude them, narrowly escaping every time they get close to him. Shady CIA operative Lance Cabot is back as well, and he wants Stone and Holly to sign on to help out the CIA on some sensitive cases. Most of the action in the novel involves chasing Trini, and while at times it's a tad implausible (a paid assassin locks the couple up and gives them a bottle of wine and a nice meal before attempting to kill them), it's never less than entertaining. Here's hoping Stone and Holly team up again soon. --Kristine Huntley Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

It's double the pleasure and double the fun as Woods brings series character Holly Barker, chief of the Orchid Beach, Fla., police department (of Orchid Blues, etc.), onstage to co-star with PI Stone Barrington (of Dirty Work, etc.) in his latest adventure. Holly's come to New York hot on the trail of Trini Rodriguez, a bad guy she thought she'd stabbed to death in an earlier adventure. He's currently wanted for (among other things) blowing up a dozen people by hiding bombs in the caskets of two of his earlier victims and detonating them at the funeral. But finding him won't be so simple: he's been placed in the FBI Witness Protection Program and is working with the Feds and the CIA to catch an Arab terrorist group trying to employ the Mafia in a money-laundering scheme. Shortly after Holly takes up residence in Stone's guest room, the two of them are hip deep in the dangerous case and likewise each other. They go at it so often it's hard to say what's going to kill Stone first: the Mafia, Arab terrorists or the athletic, all-night sex. Cross-pollinating all these characters from various books makes for some heavy-handed background exposition at times, but readers with no previous experience will still enjoy this amusing, full-throttle sex and crime romp. Stone's ex-partner and best pal, Dino Bachetti, head of the detective squad at the 19th precinct, sums up Stone's appeal, and that of the entire series, when he says of his friend: "Wherever you go, people drop dead, and women take off their underwear." That's it in a nutshell. (Apr.) Forecast: Woods' fans will flock to bookstores when they hear that their favorite series characters are doing some serious interacting in this installment. Perhaps sometime in the future, Woods will have Will Lee (of Capital Crimes, etc.) take time off as president of the United States in his own series to join Stone and Holly in a crime-fighting threesome. Now that would be interesting. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Police Chief Holly Barker of Orchid Island, FL, heads for Manhattan, but not, alas, to see popular Wood protagonist Stone Barrington. She's tracking a fugitive who soon starts tracking her. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

1 ELAINE'S, EARLY. Stone Barrington had just walked through the door when his cell phone vibrated in his jacket pocket. He dug it out, while Gianni led him back to his usual table. Dino wasn't there yet. "Hello?" "Stone?" An unfamiliar female voice. "Yes." "It's Holly Barker." It took only a nanosecond for Stone to display her image on the inside of his eyelids-tall, light brown hair, sun-streaked, well put together, badge. "Hello, Chief, how are you?" "Confused." "How can I help?" "I'm in a taxi, and I don't know where to tell the driver to take me. Can you recommend a good hotel, not too expensive?" "In what city?" "In New York. I'm headed for the Midtown Tunnel, I think." "Why don't you stay at my house? There's a guest room." "I have a friend with me." "Male or female?" "Female." "My secretary is there right now, working late. I'll call and tell her to expect you." He gave her his Turtle Bay address. "There are three guest rooms-two with king beds and one with twins, all on the top floor. You choose." "Are you sure? I don't want to put you to any trouble." "No trouble at all. That's what the guest rooms are for." "When will I see you?" "Have you had dinner?" "No." "Drop your luggage, freshen up, and meet me at Elaine's-Second Avenue, between Eighty-eighth and Eighty-ninth." "Sounds great. We're at the tunnel now. How long should it take me?" "If you're quick, half an hour, but you're a woman..." "Half an hour it is, and don't ever put a 'but' in front of that statement." She hung up. Gianni put a Knob Creek on the rocks in front of him, and Stone took a sip. "Better get him something, too," Stone said, pointing at Dino, his partner when he had been an NYPD detective. Dino spoke to a couple of people at the front tables, then came back and pulled up a chair. His drink had already arrived. "How you doing?" Dino asked. "Not bad. You?" "The same. You're looking thoughtful." "I was just trying to remember everything about my trip to Vero Beach, Florida, last year, when I was picking up my Malibu at the Piper factory." "Why?" "I was in a bank in the next town, a place called Orchid Beach, getting a cashier's check to pay for the airplane, when a bunch of guys wearing masks walked in and stuck the place up." "Oh yeah, you told me about that. They shot a guy, didn't they?" "Yes. A lawyer with a funny name-Oxblood, or something like that." "Oxenhandler." "How did you remember that?" Dino tapped his temple. "I do The New York Times crossword every day. Calisthenics for the brain." "Funny, it doesn't seem to have muscled up." "I remembered the name, didn't I? While your brain has apparently turned to mush. Why were you thinking about the bank robbery?" "Not the robbery so much, the woman." "Ah, now we're getting to the nub of things. I'll bite. What woman?" "She's the chief of police down there, name of Holly Barker. She was supposed to marry Oxenhandler that very day. I met her at the police station." "You went to the police station?" "I was a witness, and I didn't have a shirt." "You're losing me here." "I took off my shirt and held it to Oxenhandler's chest wound, not that it did much good. He died shortly after reaching the hospital." "So you were bare-chested in Orchid Beach, and you met this girl?" "Woman. We're not supposed to call them girls, remember?" "Whatever." "A cop loaned me a shirt. Holly arrived and took over the case. I remember how cool she was under the circumstances." "Pretty bad circumstances." "Yeah. After I came home I called her with some information, and we had a couple of phone conversations after that." "So why are you thinking about this...person?" "She's in town. In fact, she's at my house right-Jesus, I forgot to call Joan." Stone dialed his office number and got his secretary on the phone. "There are a couple of women coming to the house-one is named Holly Barker; I don't know the other one. Will you put them in whichever of the guest rooms they want, and give them a key?" "You're doing two at a time now, Stone?" Joan Robertson asked. "I should be so lucky. Just get them settled. I'll explain later." "Whatever you say, boss." She hung up. "What's she doing up here?" Dino asked. "She didn't say. She called from a taxi on the way in from the airport." "Nice of you to offer her a bed," Dino said slyly. "Oh, shut up." "Did you offer the two of them your bed?" "I offered them a guest room; that's it." "So far. Well, I guess it's how you keep your weight down, isn't it?" "Dino..." Gianni put some menus on the table. "We'll be two more," Stone said. "And we'll order when the ladies arrive." Gianni brought two more menus and a basket of hot bread. Stone tore into a slab of sourdough. "Carbing up for later?" Dino asked. "Get off it. I just want to get something in my stomach with the bourbon." "Mary Ann and I worry about you, you know." "Mary Ann has enough to worry about with you on her hands." "We want to see you settled with some nice, plain girl." "You just want to drag everybody down with you," Stone said. "And what do you mean, 'plain'?" "A beautiful woman demands too much of a man." "You're married to a beautiful woman." "I speak from experience. Their care and feeding is a full-time job." "Mary Ann cares for and feeds both of you, and without the slightest help from you, as I recall." "She's an exceptional woman," Dino said. "You'll never do that well." "Thanks a lot." They finished their drinks and had just ordered another round, when Dino nodded toward the front door. "I'll bet that's your lady cop," he said. Stone looked up to see a tall woman, more striking than he remembered, striding toward them, smiling. "Hey, there," Holly said, offering her hand. Stone and Dino were on their feet, getting her chair. "This is my friend Dino Bacchetti, my old partner. He runs the detective squad at the Nineteenth Precinct." "Hey, Dino." "Hey, Holly." "Where's your friend?" Stone asked. "Oh, Daisy's exhausted," Holly replied. "I put her to bed." "Can I get you a drink?" Stone asked. "What are you drinking?" "Bourbon." "That will do nicely," she said. Gianni brought her the drink. "So what brings you to the big city?" Stone asked. "I'm in hot pursuit of a fugitive," Holly said. Stone handed her a menu. "Let's order dinner, then you can tell me about it." --from Reckless Abandon by Stuart Woods, copyright © 2004 Stuart Woods, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., all rights reserved Excerpted from Reckless Abandon by Stuart Woods All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. 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