A Broadway actress has a pout to die for, a past to hide from, and Stone Barrington on her case in this page-turning thriller in Stuart Woods’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Stone Barrington is back in New York, working on some simple cases for Woodman & Weld when he crosses paths with a aspiring actress and gets a little more involved with show business than he’d expected...
Then the fleecing of a wealthy art dealer’s daughter leads him into the worlds of financial fraud, “Big Art,” and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where opulent co-op apartments are hung with multimillion-dollar paintings and family scandals never remain hidden for long. No stranger to high society or the foibles of the rich, Stone must now uncover the truth in a world where wealth and beauty sometimes come at the ultimate price.
At the start of bestseller Woods's entertaining 17th Stone Barrington novel (after Loitering with Intent), the handsome New York lawyer smoothly picks up Carrie Cox, an aspiring actress who's recently moved from Georgia to New York City, at Elaine's, his favorite Manhattan restaurant. As usual, every beautiful woman Barrington encounters pursues him, including Carrie, art gallery assistant Rita Gammage, U.S. attorney Tiffany Baldwin, and mentally unstable Dolce Bianci, to whom he was once briefly married. In spite of all the female attentions, Barrington manages to shield Carrie from her ex-husband, protect young heiress Hildy Parsons from a con artist/drug dealer, and plot to take down Ponzi scammer Sig Larsen. Too crafty to let Barrington sail unscathed through encounters with women or criminals, Woods devises plenty of snarls to provoke laughs and keep the action interesting in a series that excels at playing out male fantasies.
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Quick fun read
I hadn't read Stuart Woods in years but this book of his renewed my interest. Kisser is a fun weekend read. I have noticed that he seems to be putting out new books quickly and as such I think if less was published, more substance could be written. I do enjoy his stories though Looking forward to his upcoming book which I believe comes out this week.
Mr. Woods hooked me from the start with the main plot in "Kisser." He had a dynamic and multidimensional character in Carrie Cox, a talented newcomer to Broadway with a mysterious past. I found myself turning pages to find out just what this girl's story really is and whether Stone's trust in her would come back to bight him, when the inexplicable happened. Woods completely dropped the thread of her story and launched into a rather overused subplot involving the daughter of a wealthy NY gallery owner. I kept waiting to see how this weaker plot would tie into the other and it never did! He followed the subplot through to its predictable ending, leaving the Cox story unsatisfactorily resolved. That's a real shame because I can think of a good handful of interesting twists that plot could have taken, and was dying to see where Woods would go with it. The answer, quite sadly, was nowhere.
Stone is the man
I love the Stone Barrington series. As usual this has a cast of great characters with all the old standbys. A great read.