Dead in the Water

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Dead in the Water

Format:  Paperback,

455 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Mar 2009

ISBN-13: 9780061711916

ISBN-10: 0061711918

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Stone Barrington only wants a winter getaway from the chill of New York in the beautiful, tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Mark's. But what the lawyer and ex-cop gets instead is the chance to defend Allison Manning. The beautiful young woman stands accused of killing her rich husband on board their luxurious yacht and then burying him at sea.

Stone isn't exactly conversant with the island country's law, but this much is clear to him: Allison is being railroaded by the perverse sense of justice of a prosecutor who will do anything to stay in office. Donning the robe and wig of a British barrister, Stone does everything he can to save Allison--from publicizing the case all over the American press to conducting the kind of smart, tough investigation that money can't buy. Just when he has the jury in the palm of his hands, a shocking reversal of fortune changes everything. And what was once a sure thing begins to look a lot like a death sentence.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Mar 2009
ISBN-13: 9780061711916
ISBN-10: 0061711918
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 455
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.58
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.2 x 1.15 x 7.54

About the author

Biography of Woods, Stuart

Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia on January 9, 1938. He received a BA in sociology from the University of Georgia in 1959. He worked in the advertising business and eventually wrote two non-fiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper and A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland. His first novel, Chiefs, was published in March 1981. It won an Edgar Award and was made into a TV miniseries starring Charlton Heston.

His other works include the Stone Barrington series, the Holly Barker series, the Will Lee series, the Ed Eagle series, and the Rick Barron series. He won France's Prix de Literature Policiere for Imperfect Strangers. Currently, two of his novels, Under the Lake and White Cargo are under development as feature films.

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Review by Library Journal (1997-08)

City Attorney Stone Barrington is on the small island of St. Marks off the coast of Antigua for vacation. His live-in girlfriend is unable to join him. Since he is at loose ends, he attends the coroner's inquest into the death of Paul Manning, a famous mystery writer who was sailing across the Atlantic when, according to his wife, he died. She is arrested for murder because the island prosecutor has political ambitions of being the next prime minister, and a good murder case is just what he needs.

Manning was heavily insured, and within a day or so, $15 million is paid to his estate and then transferred to a Cayman Island account. Barrington takes on Allison Manning's defense with the help of a local barrister. Best-selling author Woods (Dirt, LJ 9/15/96) knows how to entrance the reader with glitz, a good story, and lots of suspense. No one here is quite what he or she appears to be, and Barrington must use all of his legal abilities to save his client. This will be very popular and is for all libraries.

- Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-Univ. Heights P.L., Ohio

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2010-04-15)

Book ten in Harris's No. 1 New York Times best-selling "Southern Vampire" series, the basis for the HBO show True Blood; simultaneous release with the Ace Ac (750,000-copy first printing); Richard Ferrone reads.

Review by Library Journal (1998-03-01)

Woods, popular author of 16 novels, easily translates to audio cassette since his writing has a straightforward, easy-to-understand quality. Dead in the Water, for example, has been given at least three audio cassette interpretations. Richard Ferrone, who reads for Recorded Books, has a certain dramatic flair but does not alter or vary his accent with the different speakers; since the book is so heavily into dialog, this is a negative factor.

Jonathan Marosz, who reads for Books on TapeR, has a more journalistic style; however, he succeeds nicely in creating different voice patterns, accents, and cadences for his speakers. The mystery involves ex-cop, Manhattan attorney Stone Barrington, who has taken a January vacation in the Caribbean. There, he meets blonde, beautiful Allison Manning, who must explain how her husband has disappeared. There are, of course, intriguing twists and turns that keep the listener guessing as to what really happened to Paul Manning, and Stone soon becomes enmeshed in helping Allison prove that she did not murder her husband. The sound quality of both recorded presentations is quite clear. Both are well recommended for popular collections. Jacqueline Seewald, Red Bank Regional H.S., Little Silver, NJ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (1997-04-01)

Vacationing on the island of Antigua, New York investigator/lawyer Stone Barrington (a Woods perennial) gives up on the warm waters of the Caribbean to help someone who's definitely in hot water young woman accused of murder when her wealthy husband disappears from their yacht during a transatlantic crossing.

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Stone Barrington only wants a winter getaway from the chill of New York in the beautiful, tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Mark's. But what the lawyer and ex-cop gets instead is the chance to defend Allison Manning. The beautiful young woman stands accused of killing her rich husband on board their luxurious yacht and then burying him at sea.

Stone isn't exactly conversant with the island country's law, but this much is clear to him: Allison is being railroaded by the perverse sense of justice of a prosecutor who will do anything to stay in office. Donning the robe and wig of a British barrister, Stone does everything he can to save Allison—from publicizing the case all over the American press to conducting the kind of smart, tough investigation that money can't buy. Just when he has the jury in the palm of his hands, a shocking reversal of fortune changes everything. And what was once a sure thing begins to look a lot like a death sentence.

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