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Dead in the Water: A Novel (Stone Barrington Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods
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Book Description

Stone Barrington only wants a winter getaway from the chill of New York in the beautiful, tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Mark's. But what the lawyer and ex-cop gets instead is the chance to defend Allison Manning. The beautiful young woman stands accused of killing her rich husband on board their luxurious yacht and then burying him at sea.

Stone isn't exactly conversant with the island country's law, but this much is clear to him: Allison is being railroaded by the perverse sense of justice of a prosecutor who will do anything to stay in office. Donning the robe and wig of a British barrister, Stone does everything he can to save Allison—from publicizing the case all over the American press to conducting the kind of smart, tough investigation that money can't buy. Just when he has the jury in the palm of his hands, a shocking reversal of fortune changes everything. And what was once a sure thing begins to look a lot like a death sentence.

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From Library Journal

City Attorney Stone Barrington is on the small island of St. Marks off the coast of Antigua for vacation. His live-in girlfriend is unable to join him. Since he is at loose ends, he attends the coroner's inquest into the death of Paul Manning, a famous mystery writer who was sailing across the Atlantic when, according to his wife, he died. She is arrested for murder because the island prosecutor has political ambitions of being the next prime minister, and a good murder case is just what he needs. Manning was heavily insured, and within a day or so, $15 million is paid to his estate and then transferred to a Cayman Island account. Barrington takes on Allison Manning's defense with the help of a local barrister. Best-selling author Woods (Dirt, LJ 9/15/96) knows how to entrance the reader with glitz, a good story, and lots of suspense. No one here is quite what he or she appears to be, and Barrington must use all of his legal abilities to save his client. This will be very popular and is for all libraries.
-?Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-Univ. Heights P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Millionaire author Paul Phillips Manning died on board his yacht while on a Caribbean cruise with his sexy young wife, Allison. She claims he had a heart attack, and due to the climate and distance from port, she was forced to dispose of the body at sea. Sir Winston Sutherland, the minister of justice on the tiny island of St. Marks, isn't buying it and charges her with homicide. The trial and the execution could both be completed within a week. Vacationing New York lawyer and investigator Stone Barrington comes to the damsel's aid and soon winds up in her bed. Now in his fourth appearance, the suave and priapic Barrington soon finds himself embroiled in a case in which nothing is as it seems, from Allison's story to Manning's death to the agenda of the Charles Laughton^-like Sir Winston Sutherland. This is a cleverly plotted, witty crime caper with a dash of sex, a likably roguish hero, and a surprising twist at the finish. Great for lightweight summer reading. Wes Lukowsky

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  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061711918
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC11D8
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead In The Water but Not Dead Reading January 14, 1999
By A Customer
This is the first book I have read by Mr. Woods. The plot combined with Mr. Woods writing style made for exciting reading. I found it extremely hard to put down. I often found myself feeling sorry for Allison and Stone as well as thinking "She Did It", only to find myself a few pages later thinking "She Didn't Do It". Later in the book I found myself thinking, "Insurance Scam". I won't spoil the book by telling you what happens or if she did or didn't do it. What I will tell you is that this is definatly a must read book with a fantastic ending. Being the first book I have ever read by Mr. Stuart I was plesantly surprised to find that there was nothing about this book I didn't like. Easy, smooth flowing reading. I will definatly be reading more of Stuart Woods writing. Even though this book is not listed as a legal thriller, I would rank it right up with authors suchs as John Grishim and Brad Meltzer's"Dead Even". Let me take a minute and reiterate that this is a great book and a must read for any avid reader.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Thought I was the only one! September 20, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very pleased to see someone else comment on the slow dim dialogue in this book - it was PAINFUL. Page after page was spent on such exciting things as preparing a Caesar salad and other exciting tangents. The story moved slooowly and the plot, characters and ending were all terribly lacking. None of these lacked as much as the motivation for ANY character. I was so moved by how poorly this book ended that I had to come here and "warn" others! I am not a tough critic, but this book was a stinker.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead in the Water: Page-turner extraordinaire November 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stuart Woods' novel Dead in the Water is a suspenseful tale of murder, romance, and deception. Woods has crafted a story that captures the reader's attention from the opening paragraph until the closing lines. Never is there a dull moment in this thriller. The reader follows the adventures of Stone Barrington, an ex-cop turned lawyer who is intriguing yet refreshingly real. Stone's tropical vacation is interrupted when he meets murder suspect Elizabeth Manning. Through his own good will, he decides to defend this mysterious beauty who stands to lose her life if found guilty. The case has a new twist at every corner, and somehow it never manages to get dull. The story rises to higher levels of suspense as Stone and his client become romantically and passionately involved. The characters develop nicely throughout the novel. As the story line progresses, the reader develops a seemingly intimate relationship with the novel's protagonists and exhibits genuine concern for their well-being. Woods should be commended for this stellar literary accomplishment. By constantly introducing new elements into the complexity of the plot, Woods manages to keep the reader guessing. In fact, the novel's outcome is not clear until the final pages; therefore, no reader can willingly put it down without finishing. The story's conclusion is slightly far-fetched but enjoyable and ironic nonetheless. Woods' endeavor is a page-turner extraordinaire and a treat for anyone lucky enough to pick it up. Dead in the Water receives four out of five stars. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow 'Water' May 10, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stuart Woods' gifts as a writer are primarily in storytelling. His writing style isn't particularly exceptional and his characters are woefully one-dimensional, but he can spin a tale that'll keep you turning the pages. His Stone Barrington series is sort of the literary equivalent of an enjoyable-but-mediocre TV detective series. With "Dead in the Water," though, he drowns his story in bland dialog and meaningless detail (glad I'm not the only one annoyed that Woods chronicles the making of a Caesar salad, which was slightly more exciting than Stone Barrington's adventures in an earlier chapter making linguine and clam sauce). Though the state of journalism has declined to a degree that I could believe reporters could be goaded by a PR firm into flocking to an island resort to cover the plight of a rich housewife, the journalists in "Water" are never believable as journalists. Or as people. In fact, it's hard to believe any of the people in "Water," with all the characters shallow and broadly drawn. I never pick up a Woods novel with high expectations, but "Dead in the Water" leaves readers splashing around in a wading pool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Suspense, Love and more� April 18, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Dead in the Water" was very entertaining...filled with enough humor, intrigue, interesting characters, action and sex to keep me turning the pages rapidly. Stone Barrington, a New York City lawyer and former cop, finds himself stranded on the tropical island of St. Marks when his girlfriend is unable to join him for a long-awaited cruise on a rented yacht. But there's no time for loneliness or boredom to set in because of the arrival of Allison Manning. Allison sailed her yacht into harbor and was immediately accused of the murder of her husband while they were at sea. Her story of his fatal heart attack and burial at sea is plausible, but the authorities don't believe her. She is accused of murder even though there is no body, no murder weapon and no motive.
Stone immediately takes pity on Allison and agrees to represent her; however, since he is not qualified to try a case in the British legal system, she is also represented by an aging local barrister. The bizarre legal system assumes that she is guilty, and the penalty is death by hanging, so the stakes are very high. The local authorities are also corrupt and are eager to make an example of her. Stone knows that the case must receive lots of public attention in order to focus the eyes of the world on the grave injustice about to be done, so he calls a press conference and obtains exclusive interviews with "60 Minutes" and other news shows.
Right from the beginning, there are plenty of reasons to doubt Allison's motives and alibi, and Stone pursues some independent investigation into her background. He also falls head over heels "in lust" with her and they spend most of their time together in bed.
There are plenty of plot twists and surprises right up until the end of the book, and just when you think you've got it figured out a new angle surfaces. You'll be kept in suspense until the end of this entertaining, interesting novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... Woods - what can I say - always a great read~~~
Stuart Woods - what can I say - always a great read~~~
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Published 17 days ago by JANET PARSLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
Started out as a knight in shining armor story but with a lot of twists. Makes you think what someone can accomplish when they put their mind to the task.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stuart Woods: Always A Good Read
Many surprises in the weaving of this story. The reader will not be bored. Stuart Woods delivers an engrossing tale.
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Great! plan to read them all in the series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This series stinks. Don't waste your time and money like I did.
This whole series stinks. The author is a pretentious jerk, using the same literary devices over and over throughout his books. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much nicer to read.
My chief complaint with Stuart Woods is the incredible amount of profanity scattered throughout his books. I always enjoy the story line. Read more
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it kept my attention throughout the book.....for me, that's saying something.
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Stuart Woods is the author of forty-four novels, including the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. The last twenty-eight of them have been New York Times best-sellers. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on two book tours a year. His latest novel is Santa Fe Edge,to be published on September 21st. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website,

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