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Paris Match (Stone Barrington Series #31)

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Stone Barrington is back and better than ever in the astonishing new thriller from New York Times bestseller Stuart Woods.
 
Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And ...

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Overview

Stone Barrington is back and better than ever in the astonishing new thriller from New York Times bestseller Stuart Woods.
 
Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at once. . . .

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2014-08-24
Attorney/CIA consultant/hotelier Stone Barrington whiles away the time waiting to see whether his good friend, pregnant first lady Katharine Lee, will be elected president by dodging death threats from the same old enemies relocated to the City of Light. Stone is in Paris for the opening of l'Arrington, the latest in the chain of hotels memorializing his late wife. He's sorry to say goodbye to his most recent inamorata, Lee's deputy campaign director Ann Keaton, and he completely deflects the forthright advances of rapacious American ambassador Linda Flournoy. But there are other prospects in Paris, like dress designer Mirabelle Chance, whose only baggage is a father and brother who are both prefects of police, so naturally he succumbs to her. And to his sometime lover Holly Barker, whom CIA director Lance Cabot has sent to Paris just in case they run out of women there. But not to Katharine Lee, whose baby a scurrilous blogger accuses Stone of fathering even though they're just good friends. The requisite violence is supplied by Yevgeny Majorov, who accurately suspects Stone of having a hand in his brother Yuri's death when Yuri attempted to throw a lasso over Stone's Los Angeles flagship (Doing Hard Time, 2013). Sleeker and smoother than Yuri, Yevgeny is equally determined to seize control of Stone's latest hotel and additionally determined to avenge his brother's death. Matters come to a head when one of Stone and Mirabelle's trysts is interrupted by a masked gunman, but after Mirabelle shoots the intruder dead, there are surprisingly few complications. All this, and much less, is played out against a generic Paris that, apart from the title and the dust jacket illustration, could have been St. Petersburg, Prague or Pittsburgh.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611763133
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #31
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 6
  • Sales rank: 43,616
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is the author of more than fifty-five novels, including the New York Times–bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New York City, Florida, and Maine.

Biography

Stuart Woods was born in 1938 in Manchester, Georgia. After graduating from college and enlisting in the Air National Guard, he moved to New York, where he worked in advertising for the better part of the 1960s. He spent three years in London working for various ad agencies, then moved to Ireland in 1973 to begin his writing career in earnest.

However, despite his best intentions, Woods got sidetracked in Ireland. He was nearly 100 pages into a novel when he discovered the seductive pleasures of sailing. "Everything went to hell," he quips on his web site "All I did was sail." He bought a boat, learned everything he could about celestial navigation, and competed in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, finishing respectably in the middle of the fleet. (Later, he took part in the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979, a yachting competition that ended tragically when a huge storm claimed the lives of 15 sailors and 4 observers. Woods and his crew emerged unharmed.)

Returning to the U.S., Woods wrote two nonfiction books: an account of his transatlantic sailing adventures (Blue Water, Green Skipper) and a travel guide he claims to have written on a whim. But the book that jump-started his career was the opus interruptus begun in Ireland. An absorbing multigenerational mystery set in a small southern town, Chiefs was published in 1981, went on to win an Edgar Award, and was subsequently turned into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston.

An amazingly prolific author, Woods has gone on to pen dozens of compelling thrillers, juggling stand-alone novels with installments in four successful series. (His most popular protagonists are New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, introduced in 1991's New York Dead, and plucky Florida police chief Holly Barker, who debuted in 1998's Orchid Beach.) His pleasing mix of high-octane action, likable characters, and sly, subversive humor has made him a hit with readers -- who have returned the favor by propelling his books to the top of the bestseller lists.

Good To Know

Some fascinating facts about Stuart Woods:

His first job was in advertising at BBDO in New York, and his first assignment was to write ads for CBS-TV shows. He recalls: "They consisted of a drawing of the star and one line of exactly 127 characters, including spaces, and I had to write to that length. It taught me to be concise."

He flies his own airplane, a single-engine turboprop called a Jetprop, and tours the country every year in it, including book tours.

He's a partner in a 1929 motor yacht called Belle and spends two or three weeks a year aboard her.

In 1961-62, Woods spent 10 months in Germany with the National Guard at the height of the Berlin Wall Crisis.

In October and November of 1979, he skippered a friend's yacht back across the Atlantic, with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

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    1. Hometown:
      Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 9, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Manchester, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Georgia, 1959
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Paris Match is no match for legitimate interesting reading mater

    Paris Match is no match for legitimate interesting reading material. Case in point: At one time a great series, Stone Barrington now reads like the old Nancy Drew book. With dialogue such as "why are you anxious? I am anxious because".... and it goes on from there. Who the heck cares? Stone Barrington never did have any substance to him. Women do not like a man who has someone carry his luggage. He is such a sissy, masquerading as macho man. My advice if you must read this is get it from the library. They have a system where you can rent new releases for 25 cents a day. Of course if it takes more than one day to read this book, then you are over paying. I noticed when I checked this book out from the new rentals, there were several copies. Usually you might have to wait for an established author even in the rental. Robert B Parker still is in such high demand, it is hard to get his most current book - and he's dead!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    I found this book to be just plain boring! Sure hope the next is

    I found this book to be just plain boring! Sure hope the next is better.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Don't waste your money

    I want to start out by saying I have read every book ever written by Stuart Woods; there have been many hits and a few misses. Lately the books are filled with more sexual conquest and less mystery.
    I did not enjoy this particular book all that much - I want a beefy mystery like the old days and I will no longer be purchasing books by Mr. Woods.
    If I wanted soft porn I would buy soft porn - I want mystery and intrigue.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    I love the Stone Barrington series. I've read them all. This one

    I love the Stone Barrington series. I've read them all. This one was
    disappointing inasmuch as the Dino Bachetti role was reduced to almost
    being non-existant. In the earlier books the camaraderie between Stone &
    Dino was palpable and the reader knew that Dino would 'come to the rescue
    and pull Stone's derriere out of the proverbial fire.' The more recent novels
    seem to have lost their charm, It appears that quantity is replacing quality.
    Mr. Woods, please re-energize the Stone Barrington novels. He & Dino as a
    team are irresistible. Please don't phase Dino out of the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Terrible book.....only slightly better than Son of Stone. I don'

    Terrible book.....only slightly better than Son of Stone. I don't understand what has happened to Stuart Woods great skills.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    I have read all of Mr.Woods Stone Barrington novels and have en

    I have read all of Mr.Woods Stone Barrington novels and have enjoyed them but his last few have become increasingly political with the unabashed touting of Democrats and the demonizing of Republicans. STOP IT! You were much better without the intrusive politics

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    This was an average book. I wouldn't recommend it

    Stuart Woods is back to his obsession with sex. The last Stone Barrington book was good because he cut back on the sex aspect. If Stone has as much sex as Stuart writes in his novels he would be dead by now with some disease. I probably will not buy anymore of his books because sex overrides the plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2014

    I think this has been one of my favorite installments of this se

    I think this has been one of my favorite installments of this series.  This had a lot more action than the last few have had.  I really look forward to the next one.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Recommend

    Has to much detail on what they drink and eat during the book. Who really cares. I hope the main character has protection for all the ladies he has relationships with.

    East read and short.


    John Morgan

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Not believable

    Stuart Woods used to write excellent books. Then he discovered Stone Barrington and went downhill.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    I have not received this book on my nook yet. I don't know what is taking so long?

    I can't wait to get it as I love his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Can't put it down.

    Once again, Woods keeps us entertained and on the edge of our seats.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    Paris Match #31 wasn't too bad. Books 1 through 29 were much bet

    Paris Match #31 wasn't too bad. Books 1 through 29 were much better. #30 was horrible. Seemed that all Mr. Woods did was show us how much he hates the Republican party and thinks the Dems are a cure all. No, I'm not political! Way too much being great pals with the president and first lady. No where near enough of the intrigue found in past books having to do with legal matters and police work in conjunction with Dino. I also thought there was waaaaay to much sex with Stone and EVERYONE. Totally unnecessary. We know he's promiscuous; but, c'mon Stuart. At least Paris Match, #31 had more action to it, but Mr. Woods has to cool it with the political crap and keep Stone out of every bed from coast to coast. I hope #32 gets back on track with the old Stone. #0 and 31 were just boring.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    Liked it

    Getting too political for me

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    This book is not worth wasting your money on . No story-line of

    This book is not worth wasting your money on . No story-line of any substance or intrigue ... Stone Barrington hops in and out of sexual encounters with no thought to his own health or the women he is with..

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  • Posted November 8, 2014

    another in the line of winners

    I think reading the Stone Barrington series is your imagination lets you into the story and believe what you are reading becomes you in your mind. You can become a character acting out your fantacy.

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  • Posted November 8, 2014

    Great

    Another great read by Stuart Woods!

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Good as usual!

    Good read. Maybe a little thin compared to past Barrington tales.. But I still read it in a couple of days..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    Stuart Woods fans will love this

    good fast paced read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    an exciting mystery...typical Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington is the star of this book. I read every book that Stuart Woods writes. The first of his book that I read was "Dark Harbor," which takes place in Maine. I was hooked! He's an exciting writer with a great cast of characters. I would recommend his books to those readers who like mysteries.

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