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Santa Fe Dead (Ed Eagle Novel Book 3) by [Woods, Stuart]
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Bestseller Woods's third thriller to feature prominent New Mexican attorney Ed Eagle (after Short Straw and Santa Fe Rules) opens with a bang, but soon devolves into a fairly predictable cat-and-mouse game. Ed and his girlfriend, actress Susannah Wilde, are watching the Los Angeles trial on Court TV of his villainous ex-wife, Barbara, who stands accused of arranging for his murder, when a reporter announces that Barbara has escaped from custody just before the not guilty verdict. Soon, suitably disguised and under an alias, Barbara contrives to meet a recent widower, Palo Alto billionaire Walter Keeler, at a luxury spa and has him proposing marriage and making a new will in her favor. Meanwhile, her hatred for her ex unquenched, Barbara schemes to have Ed and Susannah killed. Bodies, innocent and otherwise, pile up, but there's little suspense about the outcome, and an improbable coincidence involving the billionaire may strike some as a plot weakness. Author tour. (Apr.)
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Praise For Stuart Wood’s Short Straw

“Woods keeps [his characters] moving smartly around the playing board like so many checkers . . . .”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A taut tale of a very bad woman out to fleece a very good man. . . . Scarcely an excess word gets in the way of the briskly moving plot.”
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1119 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Publication Date: April 22, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010SGQOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Once upon a time, Stuart Woods could put together a readable, if lightweight story, just something adequate to pass the time with. Maybe a flght or a lazy day on the beach. Not any more. His last few Stone Barrington novels have been unbearable for me and now Woods destroys his Ed Eagle character.

I don't like divulging a lot of the plot of any book because someone else might find "Santa Fe Dead" enjoyable and I don't want to ruin for them.

To make a long story short, Ed Eagle is supposedly the top trial attorney in New Mexico. The story opens as a continuation of the last Eagle book, where his wife took off with some of his money and ultimately tried to kill him. Now she is on trial for the murder of two strangers she mistook for Eagle and his girlfriend. Barbara Eagle escapes from the courthouse in a scene that, like so many others in the book, is simply unbelievable under any circumstances. The trial narrative, what little there is, is also unbelievable as is the jury acquitting her. There is, in fact, nothing believable in the entire book. Not a single bit of the plot; not a single character.

The book is filled with gratuitous sex scenes that serve no purpose except perhaps to titillate any teenage boys who might pick the book up - which wouldn't be a wise idea because, as in the Stone Barrington series, all the characters are never more than a few paragraphs away from consuming still more alcohol.

Eagle is just so well connected. For example, though he lives in New Mexico, he has a concealed carry permit for California. The LA chief of police is his pal, which helps Woods avoid the burden of actually creating a story. Every time Eagle needs something, he just calls his pal, the chief or some other soul.
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Format: Hardcover
"Santa Fe Dead" could easily have been named "The Boring Return of the Evil B-word Barbara." That might have been more honest and would have better reflected the disappointingly weak quality of Stuart Wood's latest effort. It would have also worked naming it "Santa Fe STUPID."

It is time once again to hang out with Ed Eagle, Santa Fe lawyer and all around older stud. Someday, we may finally find out that Ed Eagle is actually Stone Barrington's father as they seem to share the same concepts about the law, making money, bedding beautiful women, etc. When Ed Eagle isn't romping in bed with the gorgeous actress Susannah Wilde (yes, he romps by his own admission and does it very well with no unsatisfied customers or golden arches), or wheeling and dealing, is testifying in court about how his ex-wife Barbara tried to take his money, kill Ed's private investigators, have Ed killed, and generally cause mayhem in both Mexico and the U. S. Despite his testimony, as well as the fact that she flees the courthouse while the jury is deliberating her verdict, the jury in San Diego, California finds her not guilty.

Barbara begins to set her sights on the next husband to be whose biggest asset is his money while Ed Eagle begins to try to move on with his life. Part of his stated attempt to move on is to warn the next husband to be that Barbara is evil. That doesn't help create separation, closure, or whatever the shrinks call it this week and before long Barbara is mad as a hatter and going after him everyway possible. That is fine with Ed because he isn't through with her either.

Featuring stereotypical characters, gratuitous sex scenes inserted for no plot reason whatsoever, and plenty of action as well as references to money and designer goods, this is an incredible weak read.
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Format: Hardcover
When we last saw Santa Fe Lawyer Ed Eagle (Short Straw, 2006) he was finally rid of his insane wife, Barbara. Now, this book picks up a year later. Ed has just been a witness in the trial against his ex and is awaiting the verdict. Barbara, fearing she will be found guilty, slips out a window and escapes (as strangely unplausible that is, but I'll go with it). This of course disturbs Ed, as she has tried to kill him before.

So begins a book of backstabbing and cat & mouse antics. Barbara remarries and uncannily her new husband dies (natural causes). Meanwhile, Ed takes a strange case where his clients family has been murdered. The man calls him on the phone to tell him about a ransom. Not the police, Ed.

Everything leads back to L.A. where we once again get the backdrop of Centurion Studios. With some interesting twists and turns right to the end, this isn't Woods' best effort but it is a non-stop thrill ride from the beginning.
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This small book is on the subject of China's first emperor - Qin Shi Huangdi (259 BC-210 BC). Not a great deal is truly known about the First Emperor, so the author goes through each subject, examining what is "known" about him, placing it in context to give the reader the most accurate portrait of the man possible.

Overall, I must say that I found this to be quite a good book. I thought that the author did a great job of presenting the First Emperor as a real man, and more importantly a real Chinese person. Also, I thought that the comparison of the First Emperor and Mao Zedong to be very thought provoking and enlightening.

Admittedly, it is unfortunate that it was decided to title the book the way it is, suggesting that the terracotta warriors are covered in-depth in this book. In fact, the warriors, though discussed are only covered in the section on the Emperor's burial - they are not a major subject within the book.

So, if you are looking for an in-depth book on the terracotta army of Qin Shi Huangdi, then I would not recommend that you buy this book. If, however, you are interested in the First Emperor, then I certainly would recommend this book as a good, short, no-nonsense look at the man. I enjoyed this book, and don't hesitate to recommend it.
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