Unintended Consequences (Stone Barrington Series #26)

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Stone Barrington finds intrigue abroad in the sensational new thriller by the New York Times–bestselling author.
  Stone Barrington is no stranger to schemes and deceptions of all stripes—as an attorney for the premier white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, he’s seen more than his share. But when he travels to Europe under highly unusual circumstances, Stone finds himself at the center of a mystery that is, even by his standards, most peculiar. Two unexpected ...

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Overview

Stone Barrington finds intrigue abroad in the sensational new thriller by the New York Times–bestselling author.
  Stone Barrington is no stranger to schemes and deceptions of all stripes—as an attorney for the premier white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, he’s seen more than his share. But when he travels to Europe under highly unusual circumstances, Stone finds himself at the center of a mystery that is, even by his standards, most peculiar. Two unexpected invitations may be the first clues in an intricate puzzle Stone must unravel to learn the truth . . . a puzzle that will lead him deep into the rarefied world of European ultrawealth and privilege, where billionaires rub elbows with spooks, insider knowledge is traded at a high premium, and murder is never too high a price to pay for a desired end. It soon becomes clear that beneath the bright lights of Europe lurks a shadowy underworld . . . and its only rule is deadly ambition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Edgar-winner Woods’s slick 26th Stone Barrington novel (after Collateral Damage), the New York City attorney awakens in a hospital bed in the American embassy in Paris with no memory of the previous four days and no idea why he’s in Paris. Once released, Barrington accepts a dinner invitation from wealthy businessman Marcel duBois, who soon sells him a newly produced luxury automobile at the bargain price of ,000. Further talks with duBois, including security arrangements for the tycoon and discussions of how he might be of use to new CIA director Lance Cabot, result in a trip to New York for both Barrington and duBois. A mysterious Russian named Majorov keeps popping up, and various attempts are made on the lives of Barrington and duBois, though most are quickly countered. Barrington, smooth as silk whether making a multimillion dollar deal, bedding attractive women, or acting heroically, makes everything look much too easy. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
News flash: Superlawyer Stone Barrington, that sworn enemy of deferred gratification, wakes up in substandard accommodations, and he's alone! Stone is an unwitting guest of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, which took him in when he was found wandering the streets of the City of Lights in a fog. Who drugged Stone into amnesia, and why? Why does he have a dinner engagement with art curator Amanda Hurley and another with millionaire auto manufacturer Marcel duBois? What was he doing on a flight to Paris in the first place, and what happened during the four days he can't remember? These are promising questions, and in the hands of another novelist, they'd drive the story. In Woods' (Collateral Damage, 2013, etc.), however, they're just a batch of red herrings whose answers turn out to be inconsequential (Amanda Hurley, the reason for Stone's trip) or obvious (Marcel duBois, the question of who drugged Stone). Once they've been disposed of, Woods can get down to the real business at hand: a deal between Stone and duBois to duplicate the wildly successful Arrington Hotel in a dozen locations far from Los Angeles. Signing all those papers and scoping out possible locations brings duBois to America, where he and Stone can serve the infinitely less interesting function of providing target practice for the nefarious Russian gangster Yuri Majorov and his minions in between rounds of acquiring ever more creature comforts. "I will dine out on the stories for years," vows duBois as he heads back to Paris. Fans of Stone's well-upholstered, featherweight adventures can only marvel at how well this installment's title would suit them all.
Library Journal
Attorney and CIA consultant Stone Barrington awakes to find he's in a cell-like hospital room with no idea how he got there. He soon learns that he is in the care of an American doctor, after having been drugged during a flight from New York to Paris. When Stone realizes he can't remember anything from the last four days, he is told it is a common side effect of the drug. Once released from the hospital, Stone has to piece together his missing memories while also trying to determine why he came to Paris. A wealthy businessman, a Swede named Helga, and the Russian mafia manage to complicate Stone's puzzling situation. VERDICT This dialog-driven mystery adds nothing new to the Stone Barrington series (after Unnatural Acts). Avid fans will enjoy the character's trademark casual, cool demeanor, but some may grow tired of seeing him in the same old predicaments. Some backstory is explained, but new readers may be frustrated because the assumption is made that they are already familiar with the character's past. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.]—Vicki Briner, City Coll. Lib., Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399159879
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #26
  • Edition description: Twenty-sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 26
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 382,063
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 6.08 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is the author of fifty-two 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 April 16, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    great series

    great series

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Boring and Just Stupid

    Woods used to produce fun reads, but not anymore

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Sissy 4/2013

    As always a good read!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Great book. Couldn't put it down. Brings all of your favorites

    Great book. Couldn't put it down. Brings all of your favorites together in one book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I need this book

    Omg i have read all of his books but this one!!!!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Touchdown

    Words good.......imagination better...people....fine.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Boring. Trite. Shallow characters. Certainly not geared for the

    Boring. Trite. Shallow characters. Certainly not geared for the intellectual.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Ok get it how many times yoy going to say it

    ?.....

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    I WANT THISS BOOK

    I NEED THIS BOOK

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Stealthkit

    Ran in crying and slumped down, alone. His head already knew what was destined to happen. He was watching a plan form in his mind.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    stuart woods is over the hill and getting senile time to move o

    stuart woods is over the hill and getting senile time to move on

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    great read

    one of the best I have read in this series. recommend it highly

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Not Up To Standard

    I used to look forward to Stuart Woods new books coming out and I still find myself having to purchase his new releases. But I have to say that this will most likely be my last one. I am tired of Stone Barrington as he must be jumping from one woman to the next. I wonder how does he keep all these woman separate. His love life is certainly busy. The only plot to the Stone Barrinton Series now is what woman jumps in bed with him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Definitely Recommend

    Again, Stuart Woods keeps me interested and involved. .. really don't like to be interrupted when I read his books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Great Read!

    The usual cast of characters, plus a few new ones to round them out. Lots of action and plenty of suspense. A real page-turner!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Stuart Woods and Stone Barrington are wonderful together!!!

    I read everything written by Stuart Woods. His characters while flamboyant are and exaggerated version of real people! I can't wait for his next book. I also enjoyed reading it on my NOOK Simple Touch! I recommend this book in any form.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Stone Barrington, always worth reading

    I am on Stuart Woods email list to let me know whenever a new book by him comes out. I never miss a book by him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    A good Stuart Woods book

    This book was not as enticing as #24. Maybe it was the subject matter. I was able to read some and put the book down for a couple of days. Generally I read Stuart Woods books in one day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    Always a Good Read

    If you love money this is the book to read, although it is becoming a bit much. not as good as earlier ones.

    Exaggerated wealth & action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    My things

    Nice and cool

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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