Stone Barrington discovers that all the botox in Bel-Air can’t keep its biggest power players from cracking under pressure in this New York Times bestseller.
Stone is no stranger to Bel-Air—and to the beautiful and wealthy widow who needs his help to become even wealthier. At stake is the sale of her investment in Hollywood's world-famous Centurion Studios. But when Stone arrives in Bel-Air to finalize the sale, he discovers that one of L.A.'s most rapacious power brokers has Centurion in his sights. Now, Stone must play a surprisingly complex and high-stakes game, the kind only the truly rich and dangerously ambitious can win—and survive.
Woods's dizzyingly paced 20th Stone Barrington novel (after Strategic Moves) takes the New York attorney to Los Angeles to represent recent widow Arrington Calder, his sometime lover, in her attempts to keep control of Centurion Studios. Barrington undertakes a rapid realignment of Calder's holdings while forming alliances and buying shares to thwart the efforts of Prince Investment's Terry Prince, who wants the prime Bel-Air acreage the studio occupies. The murder of stockholder Jennifer Harris is only the first indication of how rough Prince plays. With longtime pal Dino Bacchetti at his side as well as the mighty resources of Mike Freeman's Strategic Services and Bill Eggers's law firm Woodman & Weld, Barrington matches financial wits with the arrogant Prince. There's cross-pollination with Woods's Ed Eagle series (Santa Fe Edge, etc.) as one of Eagle's nemeses plays a surprising role. Series fans will find Barrington as shrewd, sexy, and glib as ever.
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Woods back "on his game".
A little overly drawn-out but Woods' plotting expertise is back again in "Bel-Air Dead". Dino is a great character and his and Stone's interplay together is top-notch. Good story and an enjoyable read.
Bel Air Dead
Woods was at one time a masterful and inspired story teller. However, of late his books have become trite, pedestrian and hackneyed. His "Author's Note" at the end of the book comes of as insulting, disdainful, egotistical and bellicose. I was loyal ready of his early works but have increasingly suffered through his more recent offerings. Be Air Dead will be my last. If you want to read Woods, check out some of his earlier works such as Santa Fe Rules and Dead Eyes.
As good as always