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Stone Barrington faces down danger on New York's mean streets in the latest thriller from perennial fan favorite Stuart Woods.
Upon returning to the states from a European jaunt, Stone Barrington makes the acquaintance of a stunning woman who seems like she could be an ideal candidate to meet some of his professional--and personal--needs. Before long, though, Stone is put to the task of protecting his new hire when New York City is rocked by a series of disturbing crimes, and it looks as if she might be the next target.
In the city that never sleeps there's always a plot being hatched, and the only recourse is constant vigilance and a bit of luck. But if those defensive systems fail, Stone will have to go head-to-head against some of the most dastardly scum he's ever faced . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Stuart Woods’ 47th Stone Barrington mystery, the dashing sleuth goes up against a serial killer who’s targeting petite blonde victims. Unfortunately, that description perfectly matches Barrington’s latest flame: feisty and independent pilot Faith. Even worse, Faith’s not the only woman in Stone’s life who’s in danger. As usual, Woods keeps the action zipping along, the dialogue snappy, and the sexy scenes steamy.But things don’t wrap up neatly at the end of Desperate Measures—and a little lingering unease may be good for the wealthy playboy.
A killer is stalking petite blond women on Manhattan's East Side in Edgar-winner Woods's diverting 47th novel featuring New York lawyer Stone Barrington (after Turbulence). One intended victim, Faith Barnacle, whom Stone recently hired as his personal pilot, manages to elude the unknown killer by crashing through a window of the seedy Lexington Avenue hotel where he's held her captive. Luckily, she falls into a dumpster and suffers only minor injuries. Meanwhile, Stone assists a wealthy heiress he meets by chance with securing a divorce from her no-good husband, the book's other villain. Dino Bacchetti, Stone's police commissioner pal, lends a helping hand as needed. As usual, Woods keeps the tone light, as shown by the many pages devoted to the flirtatious banter between Stone and the book's several attractive, available women. At the end, he surprises the reader by not neatly tying up every thread. Series fans will be satisfied, but those who prefer realistic police procedurals will have to look elsewhere.