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Imperfect Strangers Audible – Abridged

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By Jessica Davis on March 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stuart Woods always gives a quick read, filled with action. This book is no different. Within the first two chapters, the plot of the book is layed out. Sandy Kingsolving and Peter Martindale meet on an airplane. Ironically, they are both having difficulties with their wives, and plot to kill each others wife! They meet and work out the details, but Kingsolving has seconds thoughts and calls the entire thing off. His wife still ends up dead, and Martindale tries to blackmail him.
Will Kingsolving finish through with the plan and kill Martindale's wife next? Or will be go to the police and hope they believe him? Won't you be surprised when you find out just who Sandy is really supposed to kill...
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Picture yourself in the aftermath of a moment in which, after feeling frustrated to the point of believing your life to be doomed after someone plans to screw you over, you give in to a nasty temptation seeking revenge, but just as you realize how stupid you've been, you are suddenly in too deep to escape. That is what happens throughout this book and it makes for an interesting read.

I think this is a great Stuart Woods book and understand why it was nominated for an award.
The fundamental plot is disturbing, but perhaps more disturbing is the lack of moral awareness (at least much of the time) of the two main characters in the book (Sandy and Peter) - Sandy thankfully decides not to proceed with the plot until he is essentially blackmailed into fulfilling his end of the bargain, but Peter goes from being merely a suspicious character to outright diabolical. I think the book is interesting because it features a flawed hero dealing with an array of nasty problems created in part by his wife but also by his own actions which inevitably come back to haunt him. You never really "like" Sandy 100%, or even 80%, but you perhaps become sympathetic to his desire to escape from this situation.
Woods' writing and imagination in this book are very good, better than in some recent novels (see Reckless Abandon). I enjoy this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone heading to the beach.
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By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book starts out with good intrique... it moves along and keeps your interest as you try to figure out where things will go. So, for the most part, it is a fun and quick read BUT the ending was boring and too disappointing - Mr. Woods could have done so much better if the ending had some surprize. Oh well.
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I felt like it took too long to get to the ending which was when it
started to get interesting
It's not my favorite Stuart Woods novel. Guess I'm too hooked
On the Stone Barrington series.
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Sandy Kinsolving meets Peter Martindale on a plane from London to the US. They happen to sit next to each other and watch Alfred Hitchcock's classic Stranger on a Train where two strangers meet. Sandy and Peter are drunk or nearly so and tell each other that they have the same problem depicted in the movie. Each is dissatisfied with his wife and, as in the movie, they decide that each will kill the other's wife. This will make it possible for the husband to have an alibi. The murderer will not be suspected because, as far as the police or anyone else knows, he had no relationship with the victim and did not even know her.

They discuss why the Hitchcock murderers failed. The problem was that one of the husbands changes his mind and did not want the other to kill his wife, and the other man was a psychopath. They decide that they will be able to avoid the problems and kill each other's wife. Sandy tells Peter how and when he can kill his wife. They give each other an out. They can call and cancel the deal.

As the day for the murder approaches, Sandy decides to cancel. He calls and leaves a message for Peter at his hotel. He later calls Peter's hotel again and is assured that Peter got the message. He is also told that when Peter read the message, he smiled. However, when the evening arrives for Sandy's wife to be killed, she is killed, just as he and Peter arranged. The police suspect Sandy of being involved because he inherits an enormous amount of money with her death, but the officers admit to each other that they have little chance of proving his guilt.

Without revealing too much detail about the rest of this engrossing tale, Peter admits killing Sandy's wife and insists that Sandy kill his wife.
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Having read Mr. Woods earlier books, "Chiefs"," Grassroots", "White Cargo" and "Under The Lake", I was expecting something captivating and exciting. All I got was dull and boring. And if that isn't bad enough, you have two main characters so loathsome that it is impossible to empathize with them. I don't know what Woods other books are like since his earlier efforts, but if this is any indication, I won't be reading them or anything he writes in the future. I used to think he was a good author. This book made me so sick, I have no desire to read anything else by this author.
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I enjoy reading most Stuart Woods books. This book is no exception. The short chapters and quick character development make this book a quick read. If you are looking for a book to take on a trip to pass the time this is the one for you. With the exception of Dirt and What Lies Beneath, I think you will enjoy this exceptional quick read author.
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