A Stone Barrington Novel
Large Print Edition
By Stuart Woods
Putnam Adult, 2009, 400 pages
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - February 9, 2010
Stuart Woods writes like a modern Ernest Hemingway: lean, clear, witty and vibrant prose within an interesting plot. What others would say in several sentences, he says far better in a single line. Lawyer Stone Barrington is involved as usual with strikingly beautiful women. Carrie Cox is an actress who tells Stone that her ex husband is harassing her. Stone arranges protection for her and enjoys her sexually. But is she telling the truth? Stone is also hired to protect a beautiful young heiress from the clutches of a slimy reptilian man who has been married four times and was involved in criminal activities under different names, and he enjoys sex with the girl's father's beautiful employee. Stone arranges for an undercover operation against the man to catch him selling drugs and put him in jail, away from the heiress, and Stone enjoys sex with the beautiful undercover cop. Will the cop succumb to the gangster's reptilian style? The word beautiful and sex crops up frequently in this engaging tale, and Stone is frequently and understandably tired. "It's a good thing you're not Catholic," Dino (his friend said to Stone). "At confession, you'd give a priest a heart attack."
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.