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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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Product Details

  • Series: Ed Eagle Novel
  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (October 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073947572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153686
  • ASIN: 0399153683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,823 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,

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Bascom on July 25, 2007
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This review is for the Signet paperback, May 2007, 375 pages. SHORT STRAW was on the USA Today's Top 150 Best-Selling books list for eight weeks reaching the peak position of 43. Stuart Woods has 26 novels on this best-seller list.

Ed Eagle, a successful lawyer, wakes up uncharacteristically late with a hangover on the very day he is hosting an inauguration party for his new offices. By the time he sorts things out, he realizes his wife, Barbara, had drugged him to assure he slept late so she could escape to Mexico with over a million dollars of his money. Ed acts fast. With just minutes to spare, he prevents Barbara from cleaning out his brokerage accounts too.

Ed sends a private detective to Mexico to find his wife, which he does quickly, but Barbara shoots him. So Ed sends another PI to rescue the first and find his wife. The plot continues with the two private detectives chasing Barbara around Mexico. Meanwhile, Ed discovers Barbara has a contract out on him so she can get all his assets and collect on his life insurance.

Although SHORT STRAW is listed as an action thriller, it is not the over-the-top, nail-biting, super-hero type. The plot is believable, the characters plausible and everyone makes mistakes. Although many scenes happen in Mexico, the settings are either imaginary or unremarkable. It's a good story, but bland for thriller fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sabin on July 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've read 8 or 9 books now by Stuart Woods. This one ranks at the very bottom. Woods is real hit and miss. "Chiefs" was great. "Under the Lake" was unusual. "Prince of Beverly Hills" was nostalgic. This one was really just a waste of time.

The first book in this particular series was called Santa Fe Rules and introduced us to protagonist Ed Eagle, a Santa Fe attorney. It was a reasonably fun read, even though completely implausible.

This one picks up about two years after the conclusion of "Santa Fe Rules" with Eagle awakening on the day he is to celebrate the grand opening of his new offices. Within the hour he learns that his bank accounts have been cleaned out and his wife has fled the country. But yet, he manages to put on his game face and carry on as though life is grand. It is just the first in a long string of impossibilities in terms of how humans actually behave outside the pages of fiction. The only glimpse Woods ever seems to give us into the inner turmoil of his characters in any of his books is that they throw up. Literally - woof their cookies. Doesn't matter whether they have been shot at, robbed, seen a ghost, whatever. They throw up and continue on their merry way as though they just had a touch of food poisoning and now have it out of their system.

The book has no twists at all. There's really no mystery here either. Wife runs off with money. Husband gives chase through a series of private investigators. Husband catches wife. The end.

It is exactly what it seems.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Norburn on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Note: This review reveals plot points. This shouldn't matter too much since my advice to you is - don't read this novel.

Okay, I realize that this is a `beach novel' and that it isn't meant to be particularly insightful, realistic, or memorable - but come' on, even beach novels should meet some kind of standard.

Short Straw is just plain dumb.

It wouldn't be so bad if the characters in the novel were supposed to be stupid (I'm a big fan of novels featuring dumb criminals) but much is made about how smart these characters are; despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Case in point: The Santa Fe police department arrest a man for murdering his wife and her lover and the DA is ready to go to trial on the case, but no one thought it was necessary to interrogate the alleged killer and to check out his alleged alibi.

Are we supposed to believe that the Santa Fe police department is that inept? I could be wrong here but I think the police would interrogate the man repeatedly for hours, grilling him about his movements that day and following up on any inconsistencies in his story. They would sort through his phone bills, business records, and computer files, and interview his friends, neighbours, and associates. It's ridiculous to think that in a case like this the DA wouldn't even know where the defendant was on the day of the murder.

But that's only one example in a long list of grievances. For example....

1. Why does Big Bear tell Ed that he left the worksite to buy an auto part (effectively putting hole in his alibi)? He doesn't object to lying to Ed about his innocence, so why tell the truth on this point, especially when he has to know it will affect his alibi.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Debra A. Kordek on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Not worth the $10+. Very quick read,not much of a story. The 1st time I have ever been disappointed in a Stuart Woods book.
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