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Standup Guy (A Stone Barrington Novel) Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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A hefty load of ill-gotten cash is at the heart of Stone Barrington’s problems in the latest entry in Woods’ (Doing Hard Time, 2013) long-running series. When ex-con John Fratelli pays Stone a visit seeking legal advice about the $2 million his cellmate bequeathed him, Stone helps Fratelli around some of the potential illegalities of the situation, given that the cash was obtained more than two decades ago in a robbery. Once Fratelli, grateful for the advice, takes off for Florida, Stone thinks he’s seen the last of him, and he never imagines that he’ll get wrapped up in a dogged pursuit of the money. But soon an ex-cop, the Secret Service, and a determined thug are questioning Stone about its whereabouts. The thug proves especially problematic, grabbing Stone’s latest paramour and holding her hostage for $5 million. Woods sets up a potentially interesting presidential bid that will presumably be explored in future installments, but this outing is fairly run-of-the-mill and predictable at times. And do we really need multiple scenes of Fratelli golfing with his girlfriend? --Kristine Huntley
Praise for STANDUP GUY
“Stuart Woods still owns an imagination that simply won’t quit . . . This is yet another edge-of-your-seat adventure.”—Suspense Magazine
Praise for Stuart Woods
“Since 1981, readers have not been able to get their fill of Stuart Woods’ New York Times best-selling novels of suspense.” —Orlando Sentinel
“High-octane . . . Woods’s blend of exciting action, sophisticated gadgetry, and last-minute heroics doesn’t disappoint.” —Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
This book was more interesting and moved faster than the previous and had the same characters--Dino, Mike Freeman etc., but I have read all the Stone Barrington novels and long for those good old early days when Woods was writing "Swimming to Catalina," etc. etc.
And here's a thought for all of you who have read the Stone Barrington novels----Joan, Stone's secretary, appears more often in this book. What if--what if--after all the women Stone has dallied with---he and Joan become a duo? She always seems to have an acerbic verbal comeback for him and doesn't seem swayed by all his wealth. Could be worse---like the next book being about Herbie Fisher.
While "Standup Guy" is a believable continuation, I feel that Stone was certainly slipping mentally in this one. The plot itself was good, but some of the turns were very contrived to carry the plot along.
For example, Stone meets Hank (short for Henrietta) and after a very brief relationship and with some well deserved misgivings about her character and involvement in a crime, he tells her how to disarm his home security system. Hello!! What was he thinking?
Of course this was necessary for the plot, but it cerainly raised some questions about Stone's intelligence and thinking processes or lack thereof. Couldn't Hank have watched him and gotten the info surrepticiously? Or Stone in a lapse of judgement, could have neglected to set the alarm? Both would have made more sense then his giving her the info.
Then this lapse is compounded (IMHO) when Hank and her accomplice are counting, via money sorter, five million dollars in Stone's home. Now who would do that, especially when the money counter had to be brought in? It would have made much more sense for them to remove the money when Stone was sleeping and counted it else where.
That part adds nothing to the story except wondering about the intelligence of crooks and causing problems for Stone.
I think if that part could be reworked and made more believable in the characters' actions, the book would have gone up a star or two in my estimation.
I certainly hope the author doesn't continue these character faults in his next book, and has them act in a more believable mannor.
From there on the story goes from New York to London back to New York and Connecticut, chasing unknown ( or known) villains. Who is really who they say they are? How to hide stolen money and stay alive from mobsters and greedy lawmen.
All this run around with Stone's usual cast of supporting friends from New York's finest and even the White House.
Good fun read like visiting an old friend and catching up with their latest ventures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books yet
Very good job of writing by woods
Nice job Stuart