Cold Paradise (Stone Barrington Series #7)

Cold Paradise (Stone Barrington Series #7)

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Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington has the street smarts and debonair charm his fans love, and Palm Beach, the setting of his new adventure, is his most glamorous scene-of-the-crime yet.

Allison Manning, the woman Stone defended against a murder charge in Dead in the Water, mysteriously reappears to request his help with problems she has never resolved, which involve millions of dollars. She fears, too, that somebody might be stalking her. She knows of no one better than Stone, who has both the legal experience and the investigative instincts to guarantee her safety today and make sure she survives tomorrow as well.

Stone and his partner, Dino, begin to suspect that more than one person might be after Allison: one so clever he manages never to show his face, but even more frightening, another person everybody has long forgotten. In a search that ranges from the boardrooms of Manhattan to the sumptuous villas lining the Gold Coast, Stone uncovers a sly and greedy plan to steal millions of dollars - and reveals the crafty killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399147593
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/23/2001
Series: Stone Barrington Series , #7
Edition description: Abridged, 4 Cassettes
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Stuart Woods is the author of more than sixty 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 New Mexico.


Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1938

Place of Birth:

Manchester, Georgia


B.A., University of Georgia, 1959

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Chapter One

Elaine's, late.

    Stone Barrington finished his osso buco as Elaine wandered over from another table and sat down.

    "So?" she asked.

    "'So?' What kind of question is that?"

    "It means, 'tell me everything.'"

    Stone looked up to see Dino struggling to shut the front door behind him. Dino was his former partner, now a lieutenant, head of the detective squad at the 19th Precinct.

    Dino came over, sloughing off a heavy topcoat. "Jesus," he said, hanging up his coat, muffler and hat. "There's already six inches of snow out there, and there's at least thirty knots of wind."

    "How are we going to get home?" Stone wondered aloud.

    "Don't worry, my driver's out there now, putting the chains on the car." Dino now rated a car and driver from the NYPD.

    Stone shook his head. "Poor bastard. It's tough enough being a cop without drawing you for a boss."

    "What do you mean?" Dino demanded, offended. "The kid's getting an education working for me. They don't teach this stuff at the academy."

    "What, how to put chains on a lieutenant's car?"

    "All he has to do is watch me, and he learns."

    Stone rolled his eyes, but let this pass. They drank their champagne in silence for a moment.

    "So?" Dino asked,finally.

    "That's what I just asked him," Elaine said.

    "So, I'm back." Stone had returned from an extended stay in LA a few days before.

    "I knew that," Dino said. "So?"

    "Can't either of you speak in complete sentences?"

    "So," Dino said, "how's Mrs. Barrington?"

    "Dino," Stone said, "if you're going to start calling her that, I'm going to start carrying a gun."

    "I heard," Elaine said.

    "I'm not surprised," Stone replied. "Dino has a big mouth."

    "So, how is she?" Dino demanded.

    "I talked to Eduardo today," Stone said. "Her shrink doesn't want me to see her. Not for a while."

    "That's convenient," Dino said.

    "You bet it is," Stone agreed.

    "You feeling guilty, Stone?" Elaine asked.

    "Sure he is," Dino said. "If he had just taken my advice ..."

    "Mine, too," Elaine echoed.

    "All right, all right," Stone said. "If I had only taken your advice."

    "Arrington is for you," Elaine said.

    "Arrington isn't exactly speaking to me," Stone said.

    "What does that mean?"

    "It means that if I call her, she's civil, but if I try to reason with her, she excuses herself and hangs up."

    "How's the boy?" Dino asked.

    "Peter's fine."

    "Does he know who his father is yet?"

    "Look, Dino, I don't know who his father is. It could just as well have been Vance as me. Not even Arrington knows. Nobody will, until we do the DNA testing."

    "And when does that happen?"

    "Arrington won't discuss it."

    "Keep after her."

    "I don't know if it's worth it," Stone said wearily. "I'm not sure it would make any difference."

    "Give her time," Dino said. "She'll come around."

    "You're a font of wisdom, Dino. Know any other relationship clichés?"

    "Every eligible man in the country is going to be after her," Elaine said.

    "What?" Stone asked.

    "She's Vance Calder's widow, dummy, and as such, she's very, very rich. Not to mention gorgeous. You'd better get your ass down to Virginia and win her back."

    "She knows where to find me," Stone said.

    Elaine rolled her eyes.

    Another blast of frigid air blew into the room as the front door opened again.

    "It's your pal Eggers," Dino said, nodding toward the door.

    Bill Eggers came over to the table. He didn't unbutton his coat. "Hi, Elaine, hi, Dino," he said, then he turned to Stone. "I've been calling you all evening. I should have known I'd find you here." Bill Eggers was the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, the extremely prestigious law firm with which Stone was associated, in a very quiet way.

    "My home away from home," Stone said. "What's up?"

    "I've got a client in the car that you have to see tomorrow morning."

    "Bring him in. I'll buy him a drink."

    "He won't come in."

    "Who is he?"

    "No names, for the moment."

    "You have secrets from us, Bill?" Elaine asked.

    "You bet I do," Eggers replied. "Ten o'clock sharp, Stone?"

    "Ten o'clock is fine; sharp depends on the snow. Your office?"

    "Penthouse One, at the Four Seasons. He doesn't want to be seen with you."

    "Tell him to go fuck himself," Stone said.

    "Stone," Eggers said, "get this thing done and get it done right, and you could end up a rich man."

    "Ten o'clock, sharp," Stone said.

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"A delightful tale of sex and violence...'Sopranos'-style...Slick, sophisticated fun." —Washington Post

"Woods delivers his most riveting and glamorous arrington novel yet." —Press Journal (Vero Beach, FL)

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Cold Paradise 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
jdavidlister More than 1 year ago
Great series.
fellowmysterywriter More than 1 year ago
Heard him speak at a writer's convention. Wish he could write as funny as he speaks. His work is great escapism -- clear writing, without the depth of Grisham or "heavier" murder mystery writers... but great fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just discovered Stuart Woods books. In particular, I have enjoyed his Stone Barrington character most of all. Lots of action and always a surprise on the next page. His books are hard to put down and get some work done or go to sleep. He has kept me up several nights, but I'm not complaining.
KayTN More than 1 year ago
Stevie_Jo More than 1 year ago
I didn't know when I first picked up the book that was part of a series. I guess. There's a lot of back-story that isn't really explained thoroughly. Not the way it would be if this were the first time the reader learned about it. So, if you want to read this book--and I think you should--be aware of that. It didn't take long for me to figure out that was the way this story was going to be. A lot of characters that I felt I should know, but didn't. They were briefly explained, though, and I was glad for it. Although it appears I've picked up in the middle of Stone Barrington's life, I'm at least acquainted with him and those around him. But that's about all I felt: acquainted. I didn't feel as though I really knew anyone. Not even the characters I know were new to Stone. Really, it felt as though this entire book was written as a screenplay first, then converted to a novel by added a few more details. But not many. There were only details and descriptions where it seemed desperately required. The rest of the story consisted of explanatory dialogue, sex, random dialogue, and single sentences denoting where, what, or who the characters were doing/going. Still, I had a good feel for the story and all that was going on. It was simply written: no fanciful words where they weren't needed; no extended descriptions of a coffee table or something like that. I began and finished it in the same day, so that tells you it was a page-turner. There wasn't any hardcore suspense, but there was just enough of it to keep you interested in what was going to happen next. Just when one event seemed to come to a close, something else happened to open it wide up again. It moved rather quickly, which I enjoyed. It wasn't too quick, though, that I could not understand what was happening. A good deal of back-story was given to fascilitate it. It was well-played as a sexy mystery. I enjoyed trying to figure out "who done it," and I will admit that I already figured out part of the mystery about halfway through the story. I think other readers will, too. Still, the ending--while not a complete shock--was a mild surprise. It was a solid ending with things wrapping up in a nice way, but not so nice that the story had a "happy" ending. It actually did well at leading into the next installment (there's an excerpt at the end) and making me want to continue it. Very well played.
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punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stone Barrington, attorney/private investigator with a large NY law firm, is a former NYPD detective. Thad Shames wants Stone to find the ¿spectacular¿ woman he met at a party the previous weekend. Her name was Liz, she was attractive, ¿retired¿ from marriage, and was seen boarding a plane for Palm Beach. It so happens, Thad, who is to launch a major internet IPO, has a home in Palm Beach complete with a two hundred and twenty-two foot yacht. The yacht will become Stone¿s home while working on the investigation. While in Palm Beach Stone is surprised to meet a woman he thought was dead¿During the story Stone meets a number of women, all current or former lovers. And brushes shoulders with the rich and famous of Palm Beach. The story with its descriptions of grandeur and sexual encounters became ridiculous and tedious. I won¿t be looking for more in this series.
Gatorhater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Stone Barrington novel, Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, a extremely prestigious law firm that Stone is an associated with, is hired by billionaire Thad Shames to locate a women that he met at a house party in the Hampton's. Thad knows very little about this women other than her looks and her name, Liz, upon Stone's search to locate Liz, he comes to realize that she's an ex-lover of his and he is possible the father of her boy. Her past is filled with alaises, she shows up in St Mark on a yacht, stating that her husband died at sea and she threw his body overboard because it started to smell. The government of St Mark's doesn't buy her story and charge her with murder, but right before she's to be executed her husband reappears stopping her death. Their plan was to defaud the insurance company for her husband's death, now her husband, Paul Manning is on death row, waiting too be executed and now the plot thickens. A very enjoyable read, the pages kept flying by, action till the end, a type of "The Sting" ending.
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Another good book by Stuart can't wait to read the next one. Short forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
woods never disappoints with a stone barrington book GREAT audio
pm1190 More than 1 year ago
All of the Stone Barrington serie have kept me instrested. Can't wait to start the next novel
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What can I say another great read from Stuart Woods on my favorite bad boy Stone Barrington!
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MJ6 More than 1 year ago
One of his best.
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