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Teddy Fay, the rogue agent last seen escaping from an imploding building in Iron Orchid, has been considered dead for some time now. But President Will Lee thinks Teddy may still be alive. In a top-secret Oval Office meeting, Stone learns that he and his cohorts, Holly Barker and Dino Bacchetti, are being sent to the ...

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Overview

Stone Barrington and Holly Barker pursue a master spy and murderer in a tropical paradise that’s getting hotter by the minute…

Teddy Fay, the rogue agent last seen escaping from an imploding building in Iron Orchid, has been considered dead for some time now. But President Will Lee thinks Teddy may still be alive. In a top-secret Oval Office meeting, Stone learns that he and his cohorts, Holly Barker and Dino Bacchetti, are being sent to the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Marks, courtesy of the CIA, to track down Teddy once and for all.

St. Marks is a vacationers’ paradise, but its luxurious beach clubs and secluded mountain villas are home to corrupt local politicians and more than a few American expats with murky personal histories. Stone and Holly soon discover that in St. Marks, everyone is hiding something—and that Teddy Fay may just be hiding in plain sight.

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Shoot Him if He Runs is Stuart Woods's 35th novel, but his talents show no signs of slackening. Nor do those of Stone Barringon, his peripatetic covert investigator. In his latest assignment, the ex-NYPD detective receives an Oval Office call to hunt down Teddy Fay, a rogue agent who was long thought dead. To find the elusive Fay, Barrington and partner Holly Barker pack their bags and head for the Caribbean island of St. Marks. But appearances aside, this tropical hideaway is no paradise. Beyond the high-rise hotels and bikini brunches, there is enough dirty laundry to sink the entire West Indies. While sorting through it, Stone and Holly discover that somebody here is willing to play for very high stakes. A brisk thriller read.
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Tony Roberts shows off his comedic and dramatic skills in Woods's newest addition to the Stone Barrington saga. The elegant cop-turned-lawyer's new adventure has a welcome lightheartedness. He, his crime-fighting paramour, Holly, and their friends Dino and Genevieve fly to the Caribbean island of St. Marks on a sub-rosa assignment from the CIA to find a homicidal rogue agent rumored to be living in disguise on the island paradise. Woods and Roberts guide us through what turns out to be mainly a lovely vacation for the quartet-with cocktails, elaborate dinners and brisk swims along sparkling white sandy nude beaches marred by an assassination or two and a few anxious moments at the hands of the island's police chiefs. The result is more diverting than thrilling, with Roberts adding considerably to the overall entertainment value via his sly use of amusing British, French and clipped East Coast American accents. One of the nasty police chiefs, for example, sounds suspiciously like Peter Sellers's irrepressible Inspector Clouseau. Simultaneous release with Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 6). (Oct.)

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New York attorney Stone Barrington dabbles once more in international intrigue, unaware that he's out way past his depth. President William Henry Lee IV suspects that Teddy Fay, durable CIA agent turned vigilante political assassin, is alive and well on the Caribbean island of St. Marks. And Lee ought to know, since his wife Kate (Iron Orchid, 2005, etc.) is director of the CIA. The first couple plan to send CIA operative Holly Barker into the breach once more, with an eligible man accompanying her so that she won't stick out like a sore spinster. Enter Stone, who arrives with Holly in St. Marks to find the familiar cast from his last visit (Dead in the Water, 1997) poised to go through their limited repertory once again. Thanks to a series of ham-handed cutaways to Teddy's point of view, we see that he is indeed hiding on St. Marks with his ex-CIA inamorata, Irene Foster, but we're not privy to his cover identity or his new plan. While Stone and his excruciatingly familiar cohorts tangle with Col. Croydon Croft, the bullyboy enforcer of St. Marks, fresh rounds of agency infighting back home spawn a series of sharply contradictory mandates about what to do next. In the hands of John le Carre, these mixed messages would produce a sense of delicate comedy or ironic disillusionment; with Woods at the helm, the effect is a muddled version of Who's On First. The fadeout finds Stone sexually satisfied and Teddy at large once more, leaving the author free to publish another version of this greyhound chase with an equally inconsequential endgame whenever he's so inclined. Despite stiff competition, this meandering Caribbean idyll is the most relentlessly unoriginal of all Stone's adventures.Other crimebusters live on in movies; maybe Stone will get a sitcom. Agent: Anne Sibbald/Janklow & Nesbit Associates
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399154447
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #14
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is the author of more than fifty novels. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his 1981 debut, won an Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New York. 

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.

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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
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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Enjoyable

    I had this in audio form and it made for hours of good listening in the car. Nothing heavy, and nothing too gory...just fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Must read!

    Loved all the Stone Barrington books. They are fast moving and fun to read!

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Very good mystery writer

    Highly recommend

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Skip it.

    Most writers improve over time, but Mr. Woods has done just the opposite in the Stone Barrington series. They read like a comic book series without the illustrations. The dialogue is unrealistic - no one talks like his characters - and the characters themselves are flat, predictable, and not very interesting. My standard is the Harry Bosch Series by Michael Connelly and it is the ruler by which I measure the quality of other detective/crime novels by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Stuart Wood's latest Stone Barrington novel

    Stuart Woods latest novel will please fans, although the plot is not particularly memorable, Woods has created a character in Stone Barrington who is as always, genuine and sympathetic. Woods' writing style is first class as usual, engaging and comfortable for readers. The novel stands alone, as do all of Woods' books, but for those already familiar with the protagonist it is always a pleasure.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    Only for Die Hard Fans of Stone and Dino

    I love the way Mr. Woods illustrates his characters in this series, especially Stone Barrington's unflappable demeanor and his interactions with others in the stories. And Mr. Roberts' vocalizations and acting are wonderful. However, this series may have run its course as the plot was thin and the book read as if its only purpose to introduce the bad guy who gets away in spectacular fashion. As native New Yorker, I'd prefer Stone and characters, in stories which center around Manhattan, its boroughs and New England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    OK Reading!

    This was a good read, not jump-up-and-down-fantastic, but OK. Typical storyline with typical characters, more advertures with Stone, Holly, Dino and Teddy. Would I read it again - No. But it was a good one timer. --K--

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Good reading to the end...

    Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Fast Moving Thriller

    Stuart Woods writes thrillers that are fast reads. This Stone Barrington Story takes place in the Caribbean. The story is a good mix of CIA spy suspense and fun in the sand. This is a great novel for travel to pass time in the airport, on the plane or on a train. It will hold your interest from cover-to-cover and entertain you.

    The story takes place on an island with a corrupt government that shakes down island businesses, including those owned by members of the parliment, for the financial benefit of the leader. The local police use interrogation techniques that would lead anyone to confess. If you're a fan of Stuart Woods you'll enjoy following your favorite characters and trying to figure out how they get out of this one. If you are new to Stuarts novels you'll certainly find your self looking forward to picking up another of his stories.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

    a good book

    this book was amusing as well as thrilling, keep em coming Mr.Woods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Not one of Woods' best....

    I became a big fan of Stuart Woods. Someone had given me Orchid Beach and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. In fact, I Xeroxed the page that listed all of his books and methodically read them in order because I had realized that there were recurring characters in his books. I thoroughly enjoyed his earlier books (except 'Under the Lake', which I hated). However, over the past several years, I have felt that his books have not been up to par. It seems as though he is mass producing and is more concerned with the volume of books he authors than their content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Woods Is Mailing It In These Days

    I started reading Stuart Woods with New York Dead (the first Stone Barrington book) and then went back and read his earlier works. That's when Woods was a real author and his books had some depth and texture. Now they're all formula (commercially saleable formula). This latest effort is a re-tread of his last book featuring the ensemble cast of all his characters from all three series and Teddy Fey. How many more times will he tell the same story with a different locale?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    I like to read well-written stories . . . .

    . . .but I am not sure this is one of them. I almost don't know what to say. I believe that Stuart Woods can write a decent crime drama, but I think he has proven over and over again that he does NOT know how to write about the dynamics between man and women. There was only one graphic sex scene in this book, but to compensate Woods had everyone running around on a nude beach a good deal of the time. I would like Stuart Woods to disprove the idea I have of him as only including women in his books for one reason, and one reason only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Not Mr. Woods best work.

    I just finished the unabridged audio version of this book, and couldn't wait for it to end. Not because I was captivated by the story, but because none of the main characters, Stone, Holly, or Dino, were very interesting. I'm not a fan of Tony Roberts as a narrator, but I can't blame him for the lack of excitement in this book. The story was choppy in places, and just down right boning the rest of the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    A reviewer

    I have read all of Woods'works but this was not up to his usual standards. A book with Stone, Holly & Dino should've been one of his best. I am really disappointed. A very weak effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

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    I have read all of Wood's books but found 'Shoot Him if He Runs' boring. Enough with the Teddy Fay character already. How about some new ideas, Stuart? None of the Holly Barker books have been very good. This book did not 'feel' like Woods wrote it...And there is more profanity and sex in this book than all the others he has written. It does not add anything, Stuart! Take us back to Ireland or the UK, Mr. Woods. You older books are 100 times better than the trash you have written lately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    one day to write ?

    I have enjoyed everything written by this author up until this. The usual interesting charachters are not involved enough. The plot and outcome are transparent and of no secret after the first few chapters. Perhaps Mr. Woods is going the way of the other successful mystery writers and is using a child, spouse or some other unheard of beginner to write his new books. If so the result is just as disappointing as with the other writers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    Fun in the sun

    Nothing too complicated here: Woods' popular characters Stone Barrington and Holly Barker return to chase waves, and one-time CIA operative-turned hired gun Teddy Fay on the Caribbean island of St. Marks. Woods lulls the reader with a relaxed, tropical vacation atmosphere, then turns up the heat when the local police chief is murdered. An enjoyable beach book that you could imagine Stone or Holly reading on the St. Marks sand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    Woods just need a few bucks,so he wrote a clunker.

    This book was no where near Woods' standard. To begin with it was confusing,so many character.A very confusing point to the storie.Also somewahat obsene in the words used. I have purchased all of his books and enjoyed them all This is his worst ever. I wonder if a ghost writer was involved? I certanily do not recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    Stone and Holly Together

    I just finished reading Shoot Him If He Runs. As always Stuart Woods delivers excitement, romance and makes you feel as if you are there with the characters on their adventures. I highly recommend this book!

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