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Kisser (Stone Barrington Series #17)

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7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Stuart Woods provides another exhilarating Barrington tale

Stone Barrington, of counsel at Woodman & Weld, is at Elaine's restaurant in Manhattan when he notices beautiful Carrie Cox who is in New York with dreams of becoming an actress. After she tells Stone about a great audition she had with a director who tried to rape her...
Stone Barrington, of counsel at Woodman & Weld, is at Elaine's restaurant in Manhattan when he notices beautiful Carrie Cox who is in New York with dreams of becoming an actress. After she tells Stone about a great audition she had with a director who tried to rape her afterward so she threw his dinner onto his lap at a gala they both attended separately.

Stone advises her how to handle the situation; she soon gets the part and a great agent. Stone and Carrie like each other's company, but he has to place his personal life on hold when Bill Eggers wants him to get Hildy Parsons out of trouble. Her father is a client at Woodman & Weld and knows his daughter is involved with a gigolo who anxiously waits for her trust fund to revert back to her control. Stone learns the con artist is also dealing drugs and partnered with Larsen who is managing a Ponzi scheme. They become Stone's problem when someone he cares about wants to bring them down. Making matters more dangerous is Carrie believes her former husband is trying to kill her; she needs protection that she wants only from Stone until they obtain proof of her assertion.

Although Stone proves there are a zillion stories in New York even in one novel, Stuart Woods provides another exhilarating Barrington tale filled with serial sex, plenty of other action, and several fun investigations. After Key West (see Loitering with Intent), Stone vows divorce cases only, but he wonders how he got so involved in so many other matters though he knows the exhausting answer is women, women, and more women. Kisser is a fun lighthearted Stone Barrington thriller as the lawyer finds the mean streets of Manhattan as both welcoming and dangerous.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on November 13, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Terrible

This is the worst Stone Barrington book ever. I really enjoy the series but this one was awful. It was boring and slow moving. I usually don't mind Stone's sexual antics, but in this one he was shagging anything that stood still long enough. Terrible plot line and p...
This is the worst Stone Barrington book ever. I really enjoy the series but this one was awful. It was boring and slow moving. I usually don't mind Stone's sexual antics, but in this one he was shagging anything that stood still long enough. Terrible plot line and poor character development. Was Stuart Woods on a strict deadline ... this one was not up to par.

posted by princess1212 on January 26, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Always Entertaining Fast-Paced Read

    Stone Barrington is at it again, but this time with a lot more sexual escapades. Right off the bat, Stone meets a rising Broadway starlet and immediately makes his conquest by offering to protect this damsal in distress, or is she? While working for Woodman and Weld, Stone meets more women and the fun begins. The villians are a crazy ex-husband, a Broadway producer, an Art Gallery Owner and his daughter, a wanna-be Picaso and a Bernie Madoff type investment scam. Dino, as usual, has his back. Eduardo and family resurface. The police department needs Stone's help. When he gets a temporary badge, he isn't very happy. With his retirement at stake, and a stalker on his street, you will enjoy the ride to see how it all turns out. Mr. Woods characters are at their best, eating, drinking, and well....you know.........

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Enjoyable, quick read

    Stone Barrington is back again with an exciting assignment involving several interlinked challenges.

    A very enjoyable quick read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Stuart Woods

    Just look at those lips.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Good murder mystery

    Great character series. Enjoyed all of the author's books only fault is they are not long enough ; doesn't take long to read a couple hundred pages. Highly recommend the entire series. Stone Barrington is a very engaging character!

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    A toned down Stone Barrington novel

    "Elaines, late." That frequent opening line to Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington novels takes the reader immediately into the world of this former NYC cop and his friend Dino. Of course we know that the two of them, in Elaine's, presents a scenario that is only going to be a quiet little friendly get together for about a page or two before the plot starts to unfold. A gorgeous woman will walk in and we are off on an adventure. In this novel, the storyline involves NYC, Broadway, and art, three of my personal favorite things so I was more eager than usual to read the book. That having been said, it was very good but I noticed that Stone didn't get into his usual "really uncomfortable situation" where his life is on the line, he is knocked out cold, he is lost in a swamp, or there is some other diabolical demise where the reader is just compelled to read on to see if he gets out of it. The second option sometimes presented in the Barrington series is that an attractive woman who has a relationship with Stone finds herself in a compromising and dangerous situation and the reader is anxious to see if he saves her. This novel even lacked the intensity of conflict between Stone and a peer cop or attorney or agent. So while I found this book to be a good read, it lacked the page-turning excitement of some of the previous ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Stuart Woods

    Another great story from the Stone Barrington Series. Loved it!

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    Stone Barrington does not disappoint

    This book was vintage Stone Barrington - fast paced and witty. Stuart Woods does not disappoint, either.

    What does disappoint, are the Editors at GP Putnam, who are not up to par. Recent titles by Clive Cussler, WEB Griffin, and now Stuart Woods are suffering at the hands of these people. Are there no competent editors out there?

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