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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451228567
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Never one to avoid a glamorous vacation spot, Stone Barrington travels to Key West, Fla., in this easygoing entry in bestseller Woods's long-running series (Hot Mahogany, etc.) to feature the New York cop turned lawyer. Stone is supposed to track down Evan Keating, a young man whose signature is needed on documents allowing his father to sell the family business, except that Evan doesn't want to be found and when he is, doesn't want to sign the papers. Meanwhile, there's always time to enjoy good food and romance. Stone and Dino Bacchetti, his former NYPD partner, eat a lot of conch, while a beautiful Swedish doctor, Annika Swenson, learns the hard way that being involved with Stone is the most dangerous job in America. Woods handles the proceedings with dispatch and good humor, the pages fly by, and contented readers will sit back and eagerly await the next installment. Author tour. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

After a less than thrilling turn in Hot Mahogany (2008), Stone Barrington is back in top form with this twist-filled page-turner. Stone is at his favorite New York hangout, Elaine’s, when Bill Eggers brings him Warren Keating, who’s hoping Stone can track down his 26-year-old son, Evan. Warren wants to sell the family business, but he needs Evan’s signature to do so. Stone agrees to go to Key West to hunt for Evan, and takes perennial sidekick Dino Bacchetti along for the ride. When he finally tracks Evan down, Stone is surprised when he refuses to sign the contract, which is worth more than $20 million. Before Stone can press the issue, he’s knocked out by Evan’s zealously protective girlfriend, Gigi. The experience isn’t all bad: Stone ends up falling for Annika Swenson, the beautiful Swedish doctor who examines his head wound. Stone continues his increasingly dangerous pursuit of Evan, now questioning Warren’s intentions. Sure enough, Evan believes his father is up to no good, and Stone agrees to help Evan, unaware that the decision will cost him dearly. An exciting entry in prolific Woods’ long-running series. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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, www.stuartwoods.com.

Customer Reviews

I always look forward to this series.
T. Caulfield
It's a fast read and one that keep you interested with plot twists.
James Swanson
This one, however, was a bit too predictable, no real surprises.
Marvin Wiebener

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After being publicly dumped by his girlfriend at Elaine's in NYC, Stone Barrington, attorney at large for a big firm, is delighted with an assignment that takes him out of the Big Apple. He heads to Key West to obtain the signature of Evan Keating on a document that will enable his father Warren to sell the family business; Evan will receive twenty million. Accompanying Stone to Florida is his friend NYPD Captain Dino Bachetti.

When they arrive at the Conch Republic they have a difficult finding Evan. When Stone finally corners the elusive man, someone hits him on the head knocking out the visiting New Yorker. A beautiful Swedish doctor helps Stone's two heads recover; he is drained and happy when he meets up with Evan again. However Stone learns Evan is getting a tiny percentage of the worth of the business and that his father committed his paternal grandfather to an institution to get him out of the way. A hit on Evan fails, but someone else is killed. Father and son are in danger though dad set events in motion. Stone and Dino protect Evan while hoping to bring the killers out into the open.

Stuart Woods has written another exciting Stone thriller filled with plenty of action on top of more action. Evan is naively innocent so people take advantage of him including the go between the hit men and his father. Putting aside the heady doctor tryst that is an enjoyable and funny sidebar, Stone is at his sardonic best as he keeps LOITERING WITH INTENT focused on Key West.

Harriet Klausner
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Busko VINE VOICE on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm giving Loitering With Intent 4 stars, but to be quite honest, 3.5 would be more appropriate. I haven't read every Stuart Woods book published, but I've read a few. To be candid, I see slippage in the quality of the stories that he puts together. Don't, get me wrong, technically the books are okay, but the plots are definitely not up to par.

In Loitering With Intent, after being publicly humiliated in NYC, Stone Barrington gets an assignment that takes him to Key West. The only thing required of Stone is to get a signature from Evan Keating allowing his father to sell the family business. You can predict that this chore is going to develop into more than a simple mission. That's what I'm talking about when I mention story development. The story is obvious from the very beginning. There are a number of twists and turns, but no major surprises. Loitering With Intent simply isn't up to the same standard as New York Dead, Dirt, or even L.A. Dead.

Woods has been publishing three novels a year. I realize I don't work in the publishing field, but certainly going from two novels per year to three seems to have hurt the quality of the output.....at least in this readers mind. Perhaps they've killed the goose to get to the gold and spoiled it for all of us.

Wait for the paperback.

Peace always.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on June 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Stone Barrington is back and this time he soon will be in Key West. Having just been dumped by his latest romantic interest the fact that Bill Eggers wants him to go track down the son of a client is a great excuse to get out off New York. Warren Keating needs to finds his estranged son, Evan Keating, so that he can sell the family business. A deal worth millions is at stake and Dad and Son are not on speaking terms. Bill Eggers wants Stone to take the legal paperwork down to Key West, find the son, get him to sign off on everything, get the paperwork back to New York. The whole deal has to be done within the week.

It's the dead of winter and Stone's friend and NYPD Detective Dino Bacchetti jumps at the chance to tag along to Key West. Their plan is to find the son quick and get the work done so they can have a few days to just hang out. Getting to Key West is easy enough since Stone has a private plane. Finding the son is easy enough as well. Then, things get weird and difficult.

This is typical Stone Barrington. Plenty of expensive food is consumed, plenty of expensive liquor, Stone gets action with someone of the female persuasion repeatedly in great detail, and there is plenty of mystery and deception to go around. People die, relationships end, and Stone is bummed for a few minutes before something gets him going again. Introspection is a fleeting concern and is thought of much more than birth control or safe sex.

The very limited complexity and subtly in this book reside with the mystery. An apparent twist that Mr. Woods has repeatedly used before and shouldn't ever again use is used in this novel. Readers familiar with his various series won't be surprised when the twist turns out not to be a twist after all.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Moore on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Several reviewers have described this latest Stuart Woods book as a "page turner". I agree wholeheartedly, but I don't mean that in a good way. Readers will be flipping over whole paragraphs of stilted dialogue, improbable situations, and predictable plot turns, just in order to get it over with. Stone Barrington, the central character, is an attorney: a fantasy figure who, along with his NYPD detective pal, skips around the country in his airplane, casually boffing women, playing tennis, and occasionally raking in fees for what amounts to work as a private investigator. I believe that if you want to write about attorneys or police officers, you should either have practiced one of these professions, or you should conduct sufficient research so that your characters appear authentic. Woods fails at this. In this book, Woods' contrived plot requires quick and easy solutions to thorny legal problems and complete disregard for even minimal police procedures. Many of the scenes remind me of a kid playing cops and robbers, who after being "shot", falls down momentarily, but quickly recovers, saying, "A good guy came along and fixed me up". Otherwise, the game could not continue. A few examples: a boat owned by Stone's client, unoccupied, is found anchored off the westernmost uninhabited island in the Keys. Stone and his cop buddy break into it and find a stash of powder cocaine with a street value of millions. The Coast Guard shows up, and after questioning them, they release Stone and his pal, the boat is towed back to a marina, where, after a couple of days, it is released to the owner. In real life, both Stone and his cop pal would have been arrested and spent some time in jail arranging bail.Read more ›
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