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Bel-Air Dead (Stone Barrington Series #20)

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fans will enjoy the Stone invasion of Hollywood as the East Coast hipster matches up against a West Coast shark

In Southern California, elderly actor Vance Calder dies. He leaves his much younger widow Arrington his stock in Centurion Studios in Bel-Air. Arrington asks her former lover Manhattan based attorney Stone Barrington to travel to Los Angeles to represent her legally, ...
In Southern California, elderly actor Vance Calder dies. He leaves his much younger widow Arrington his stock in Centurion Studios in Bel-Air. Arrington asks her former lover Manhattan based attorney Stone Barrington to travel to Los Angeles to represent her legally, as she battles over who controls the studio. Dropping everything to assist the mother of his son, Barrington makes Strategic Moves starting with reorganizing Arrington's shares; buying more stock for her; and finally forging partnerships with other holders in order for his client to have the controlling interest.

Known for playing hardball Terry Prince, CEO of Prince Investments, wants the choice property where Centurion Studios resides as he knows there is much more to be made from development. When someone murders stockholder Jennifer Harris, Barrington assumes his opponent raised the stakes. With his sidekick Dino Bacchetti having his back, Stone obtains local help as he plays chess with an amoral opponent.

With a twist that includes Ed Eagle territory (see Santa Fe Edge and Santa Fe Dead.); fans will enjoy the Stone invasion of Hollywood as the East Coast hipster matches up against a West Coast shark. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Stone arrives in California until the climax as regardless of which coast the hero is in, he retains his usual unconcerned demeanor in the face of danger while also being a chick magnet.

posted by harstan on February 28, 2011

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Ah!

Couldn't get into it....not a typical woods read. So many people complain about the price of books....go to the library like I do. After you pay that kind of money for a book what do you do with it?

posted by 8222882 on May 13, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    disappointing

    Very disappointed. I have been a fan for years and have read most of his books, but this one reads like it was written by a sophomore in high school. Cannot believe this is the same author I have enjoyed over the years. Glad I got it from the library and didn't spend any money on it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Continuing a downward slide

    This book continues a disappointing trend from Woods. Not a very imaginative plot and a rather blah read. I hope for better next time.

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