Unintended Consequences


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Stuart Woods is the author of more than eighty-five novels, including the #1 New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington 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 Florida, Maine, and Connecticut.


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 $225,000. 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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 (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise for Unintended Consequences

"Slick...Barrington [is] smooth as silk whether making a multimillion dollar deal, bedding attractive women, or acting heroically."-Publishers Weekly

"A fun new excursion into the world of Stone Barrington...a great addition to the long list of Woods novels."-Midwest Book Review

"Avid fans will enjoy the character's trademark casual, cool demeanor."-Library Journal

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)

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