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Stuart Woods' gifts as a writer are primarily in storytelling. His writing style isn't particularly exceptional and his characters are woefully one-dimensional, but he can spin a tale that'll keep you turning the pages. His Stone Barrington series is sort of the literary equivalent of an enjoyable-but-mediocre TV detective series. With "Dead in the Water," though, he drowns his story in bland dialog and meaningless detail (glad I'm not the only one annoyed that Woods chronicles the making of a Caesar salad, which was slightly more exciting than Stone Barrington's adventures in an earlier chapter making linguine and clam sauce). Though the state of journalism has declined to a degree that I could believe reporters could be goaded by a PR firm into flocking to an island resort to cover the plight of a rich housewife, the journalists in "Water" are never believable as journalists. Or as people. In fact, it's hard to believe any of the people in "Water," with all the characters shallow and broadly drawn. I never pick up a Woods novel with high expectations, but "Dead in the Water" leaves readers splashing around in a wading pool.
more twists than a pretzel factor!
ok, that title's a little cliched, but it pretty much sums up this book..
stone barrington returns for another great whodunnit penned by stewart woods..and this is my favorite of his books so far...
there's more than a few jaw dropping moments in this one...and the ending will have you wanting to read the very next book (which I plan on doing very soon)
very good read for fans of stone barrington, stuart woods, or good crime novels in general
Stuart Woods improves with each book.
I just started reading the Stone Barrington series. I'm finding that with each book, his storytelling gets a little better. Mind you, the first two were both enjoyable and quick reads, but I found that this one was more exciting. It's not necessary to rehash the plot, but the book definitely builds momentum at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to other Stone Barrington fans. You will find, though, that it is best to read the books in order. He builds on the character with each book and makes references that would be lost if you haven't read each book that preceded it.
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