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Stone Barrington and Holly Barker, Woods's longtime investigative and romantic duo, search for a rogue CIA agent on a beautiful tropical island in this low-voltage thriller. At the request of U.S. President Will Lee, Barrington and Barker travel to the Caribbean island of St. Marks to track down Teddy Fay, an agent-turned-assassin who has been on the loose for years. They find a mix of luxurious beach clubs, corrupt but genial politicians and a shady expatriate community that enjoys the local government's don't-ask-don't-tell approach to foreigners. What they don't find is Fay, a master of disguise and escape. Woods (Fresh Disasters) brings in his usual cast, including Barrington's sidekick Dino Bacchetti and CIA boss Lance Cabot, and spends as much time on fine dining and vacation fun in the sun as he does on the actual mission. The plot smartly picks up momentum toward the end, and a handful of character developments will keep fans eager for the next installment. (Oct.)
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Stone Barrington and Holly Barker team up once again in Woods' newest offering, this time to hunt ex-CIA-agent-turned-assassin Teddy Fay at the behest of the director of the CIA, Kate Rule Lee, who also happens to be the wife of President William Lee. Stone and Holly, along with Dino Bacchetti, are dispatched to luxurious St. Marks island, where they spend as much time frolicking in the ocean as they do tracking Teddy. Stone and Holly manage to strike up an acquaintance with Irene Foster, a former CIA employee who was reputed to have had a relationship with Teddy, and her current lover, Harry Pitts. But Stone and Holly soon find themselves caught up in the corrupt local politics, which stand in stark contrast to the balmy paradise the island appears to be. After the chief of police on the island is gunned down, Stone and Holly realize Teddy might be back in business, and the hunt to find him becomes even more urgent. Perennial favorite Woods certainly knows how to keep the pages turning. Huntley, Kristine
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399154442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154447
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Strange on October 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When the bar has been set so high by an author like Stuart Woods, it isn't surprising that after 20 or more books the quality is likely to occasionally suffer. "Shoot Him If He Runs" would probably get a five star review if it had been by a first time author, but when the author has written previous novels nothing short of top notch, like "Chiefs," "L.A. Dead," or "Worst Fears Realized," the true fan expects more. Even the return of Stone Barrington and Holly Barker couldn't revive this sleepy effort.

I kept waiting for the tension to be racheted upward, or the plot to take an unexpected turn, but nothing happened. A competent story, told competently, but lacking the pizzazz we have come to expect from one of our favorite author whose next book we anxiously await year after year. Someone new to Stuart Woods, starting with "Shoot Him If He runs" might find it enjoyable to read, but will he/she become a true fan?
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Until "Shoot Him If He Runs", I enjoyed Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington stories. They were light, frothy reads, a welcome interlude between heavier reading. I really couldn't understand why so many people panned Woods.

Now I do. "Shoot Him If He Runs" is awful.

There is hardly a scene without heavy alcohol consumption. The characters joke about how drunk they are, are becoming or were . . . and this is while they are supposedly hot on the trail of a deranged professional assasin. The main characters, Stone Barrington, Dino Bachetti and Holly Barker should face reality: they are alcoholics.

In the past I was amused by Stone Barrington. He had everything necessary for a life of adventure: a law degree, a background as a NYPD homicide cop, a conveniently inherited fortune, an airplane, a Manhattan townhouse and a New England country home and an engaging personality that put him in bed with every woman he met.

Well, turns out that Stone and his creator Woods, are bores. Woods drops in sex scenes here that simply have no relevance to the story. They are bad cliches.

The story here is pathetic. Before I get to it, however, Woods deserves a slap on the wrist for his references to the current administration. They make no sense the context of the story. They are gratuitous and perhaps impressive Woods' friends, but I think the readers could happily live without knowing Woods' poltical views.

Woods' political views are both comedic and ironic in light of his depiction of fictional Democrat President Will Lee who gives Stone Barrington his assignment: go to the tropical island of St. Marks and search for escaped assasin Teddy Fay. Oh yes, Stone will just be cover for Holly Barker, the CIA agent who is actually tasked to the project .
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Queen of Floydavia VINE VOICE on November 3, 2007
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A quick, predictable read. Woods seems to be writing them quick these days without much thought. Not at all like the early books that got everyone hooked on him in the first place. Not sure I will be rushing out to get the next one at this rate. I also agree with what someone said about the author's notes at the end of the book. There is a very condescending tone to those notes as if he thinks all his readers are idiots at best. Time for a wake up call Stuart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Calvin on January 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If I had not read the last few books of the Stone Barrington series, I would probably have rated this book lower. But, compared to them, this one is an improvement. At least Stone only sleeps with one person this time and his bedroom doesn't need a revolving door. Long time villain, Teddy Fay is back and the President and CIA want Stone and Holly to find him. I say villain, but he does just kill the bad guys, so it is hard to feel too much against him. In fact, I was hoping he would escape in the end. Wood's cast is back in this book, Stone, Holly, Dino, even mentions of Ham, Ginny and Daisy. If you are new to the Stone Barrington books, I'm not sure this would be the one to start with, too much past history is needed to follow the storyline.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Linduff on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Both Stone Barrington and Stuart Woods need to retire. Shoot Him If He Runs is yet another thinly constructed, trite plot better suited for the Cooking Channel than the Mystery racks.

Woods keeps churning out these stinkers, but I guess, junk sells!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim K. on February 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
OK, it wasn't one of Stuart Wood's best books to come down the pike, but it wasn't one of the worst, either. Having kept up with the Stone Barrington and Holly Barker novels, I figured I'd give this latest one a try. Knowing all about the search for rogue ex-CIA agent Teddy Fay, it was very easy to slip into the story and characters even though most of the story was kind of far fetched. As one reviewer noted, the sex scenes weren't integral to the storyline, and it seemed that Stone, Holly, Dino and Genevieve were more interested in constantly drinking pitchers of vodka gimlets and tropical fruit punch. How convenient that the Inn where they were staying featured it's own nude beach? You could just picture Stone and Dino leering at all the naked bodies up and down the beach. Anyway, again we are left wondering whether or not Teddy Fay made it out dead or alive-meaning we can eventually expect another storyline featuring the chase to bring him down once and for all.
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