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At the start of this taut tale of a very bad woman out to fleece a very good man from bestseller Woods, Santa Fe, N.Mex., lawyer Ed Eagle wakes up one morning with a terrible hangover and a missing wife. After a few phone calls, it turns out that not only has his wife, Barbara, disappeared, she's in the process of taking $5 million of his money with her. Ed, who met Barbara in an earlier Woods novel, Santa Fe Rules (1992), knew she was a shady character, but she was also beautiful and fabulous in bed so he married her. He hires a couple of PIs to find her, but every time they catch up with the unrepentant Barbara, she shakes them off and gets away. She's the most compelling character in the book, willing to go to any lengths, including murder, to keep the money. Scarcely an excess word gets in the way of the briskly moving plot. Author tour. (Oct.)
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Santa Fe defense lawyer Ed Eagle is the epitome of worldly success. He presides over a highly successful practice, which is moving into showcase quarters overlooking Santa Fe's Governor's Palace. He loves his work. He loves his wife. But, when he wakes up on the morning of his fiftieth birthday, he discovers his wife has left him and taken him for a cool million. The second shock Eagle receives is news that a local lawyer has blown his brains out in the courthouse, after murdering his wife and children. The plot races off in two directions: with two edgy characters, an ex-LAPD detective and an Apache Indian tracker, whom Eagle hires to find his wife in Mexico; and with Eagle's efforts to clear a man wrongly charged, he believes, with a triple homicide. Woods keeps the wattage high as the two plots intersect, and Eagle finds himself more and more entangled in a deadly criminal scheme. The homicidal desperation of Eagle's wife and the dodginess of the men he sends after her keep the surprises coming. Woods first introduced Eagle in 1992, in Santa Fe Rules. He was then, and still is, a fascinatingly flawed character. Connie Fletcher
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The best dirty gossip I've read in a while. Good stuff about really screwed up people. All that money and that's what made them happy? Read morePublished 9 days ago by pitopep
I had fun reading this, but I have to admit, the characters and situations are pretty lame. The two detectives Eagle hires to find his wife are bumbling, to put it mildly. Read morePublished 17 days ago by cassie
FIRST TIME I'VE READ AN ED EAGLE STORY, WILL LOOK FOR AN ADDITIONAL ONE WHEN IT SHOWS UP. FUN READ, IMPLAUSIBLE OF COURSE, BUT I ENJOYED ITPublished 1 month ago by barbara a hathaway
More Stone Boreington with new characters, places and basic plots... It's a so-so read if you like lots of explicit sex and little logic... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jamesgb2
Short Straw is an excellent. Great story with intrigue and action.Published 4 months ago by Amigo Dave
Another good book by my favorite author stuart woods. He captured myself with his wit and I imagination once again.Published 5 months ago by Linda Smith