The escapist appeal of this series is best summed up by Stone's old pal and fellow Elaine's loiterer, Lt. Dino Bacchetti. "All I do is follow the evidence, wherever it leads," Dino says. "It's just more fun when it leads to Stone."
The New York Times
Fans of Woods's ex-cop turned lawyer, Stone Barrington, will not be disappointed in this latest entry in the series. This time out, Stone becomes involved with a loud-talking Texan improbably named Billy Bob Barnstormer. It isn't long before Stone regrets ever being introduced to Billy Bob, especially when he leaves a dead body in Stone's guest room. But that is only the beginning of a tale that finds Stone, along with his best friend, Dino Bacchetti, following a twisted trail as they attempt to capture Billy Bob, who, it turns out, is much more dangerous than Stone could ever have imagined. Narrator Roberts slips comfortably into his performance, bringing a nice, down-to-earth quality to his portrayal of Stone. He is equally at home in his characterizations of Stone's recurring circle of friends, giving each a distinct voice and personality. Roberts's slightly over the top, good old boy portrayal of Billy Bob works well, and he nicely shifts his performance as the likable, backwoods-sounding Texan changes and his true sociopathic tendencies rise to the surface. Roberts is also adept at handling Woods's dialogue, providing some laugh-out-loud moments in his delivery of the banter between Stone and Bacchetti. Simultaneous release with Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 28). (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Flashy Billy Bob sweet talks Stone Barrington into taking him on as a client and then putting him up when someone sends a bullet his way. And now Stone's in big trouble. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Jet-setting New York attorney Stone Barrington (Reckless Abandon, 2004, etc.) proves that you just can't be too careful about who you take into your house. Even though he's hazy about the reasons, Texas businessman Billy Bob Barnstormer has blown into the Big Apple convinced he needs a lawyer, and he has 50,000 reasons why he deserves help. Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, knows Billy Bob is outside his comfort zone, but he sees no reason why Stone, of counsel to W&W, shouldn't help him, even to the extent of putting his new client up for the night. Big mistake. Billy Bob, it turns out, is a man of many names-Rodney Peeples, Whitney Stanford, Harlan Wilson, Jack Jeff Kight [sic]-who takes advantage of Stone's hospitality to broil a steak Stone had been saving for a special someone, bring home a hooker and strangle her, place bugs all over the department, plant an embarrassingly hot handgun on his host and swindle him out of that $50,000. Stone's current cookie-cutter romance with beautiful Tiffany Baldwin, the new U.S. Attorney for New York, puts him between the law and his client. But even after he's wriggled off the hook as Billy Bob's legal representative, his troubles continue. His erstwhile client, who's much, much more than a common con artist, goes on a spree that suggests his only joy in life is giving ebullient Stone problems. Even when Stone's former lover Arrington Carter Calder replaces Tiff in his bed, the instinctive warmth between them ("they came together as if they had never been apart") is only a setup for more high-concept skullduggery and condign retaliation. How does Woods keep churning out bestsellers? By taking exceptional pains not to adulteratethe formula with any new character types, plot twists or ideas. Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate selection
Praise for Two Dollar Bill
“Fast-paced, glossy, and always entertaining.”—Booklist
“A smooth and solid thriller.”—News-Leader (Springfield, MO)
More Praise for Stuart Woods
“Stuart Woods is a no-nonsense, slam-bang storyteller.”—Chicago Tribune
“A world-class mystery writer...I try to put Woods’s books down and I can’t.”—Houston Chronicle
“Mr. Woods, like his characters, has an appealing way of making things nice and clear.”—The New York Times
“Woods certainly knows how to keep the pages turning.”—Booklist
“Since 1981, readers have not been able to get their fill of Stuart Woods’ New York Times bestselling novels of suspense.”—Orlando Sentinel
“Woods’s Stone Barrington is a guilty pleasure...he’s also an addiction that’s harder to kick than heroin.”—Contra Costa Times (California)