The Prince of Beverly Hills (Rick Barron Series #1)

The Prince of Beverly Hills (Rick Barron Series #1)

by Stuart Woods

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Overview

Brash detective Rick Barron enters the infamous Hollywood fast lane in this thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series.
 
Los Angeles, 1939. It’s Hollywood’s Golden Age, and Rick Barron is a suave and sharp detective on the Beverly Hills force. After a run-in with his captain, he finds himself demoted, but soon lands a job on the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios. The white knight of such movie stars as Clete Barrow, the British leading man with a penchant for parties, and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of superstardom, Rick is dubbed “the Prince of Beverly Hills” by society columnists. But when he unearths a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam, he finds himself up against West Coast wise guys whose stakes are do-or-die...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399152207
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2004
Series: Rick Barron Series , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.28(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.

Hometown:

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

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1938

Place of Birth:

Manchester, Georgia

Education:

B.A., University of Georgia, 1959

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The Prince of Beverly Hills


By Stuart Woods

Putnam Adult

ISBN: 0-399-15220-2


Chapter One

A brash detective enters the Hollywood fast lane-jammed with the sort of wealth, glamour, and blackmail it is famous for-in this new thriller by the bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series.

Stuart Woods's new novel is a sexy, action-packed thriller in the tradition of his best. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote about his last novel, Capital Crimes, "Woods knows how to deliver a taut, well-told tale . . . The last two paragraphs will make any reader gulp." In The Prince of Beverly Hills, set in Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1930s, Woods introduces a new character that possesses the kind of suave confidence, take-charge manner, and clever wit-under-pressure that his fans will recognize and love at first sight.

Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after a run-in with his captain, but soon lands a job on the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios. As the protector of the studio's interests, Barron looks after the cream of the crop of filmdom's stars-Clete Barrow, the British leading man with a penchant for parties; and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of superstardom. Rick's easy charm has society columnists dubbing him "the Prince of Beverly Hills," the white knight of movie stars, until he uncovers a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threatens the studio's business and may originate with the West Coast mob. When two suspicious deaths begin to look like double- murder, and an attempt is made on Glenna Gleason's life, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are do-or-die. A dicey war of nerves is on.

Set in the era of high style and silver-screen romance, Woods's thoroughly entertaining new crime novel shows us once again why he is a "master of the genre" (Los Angeles Times).

(Continues...)



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"Keeps you turning page after page."—Washington Post

"Stuart Woods sends his fans into paroxysms of joy."—Associated Press

"A whale of a story."—New York Times

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The Prince of Beverly Hills (Rick Barron Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Avid-ReaderAZ More than 1 year ago
This is Stuart Woods' best book yet, and Rick Barron is his most likeable character. I thought I'd read everything Woods had written, but somehow I missed this one and its sequel. After discovering "Prince" three years ago I have read it four times and listened to the audiobook on several driving trips. I never get tired of Rick and the other characters with which Woods populated this novel. He makes them seem very real and with a couple of exceptions (the bad guys), they seem like people you really wish you could know. So, despite the fact that I already have two copies in hardback, and the audiobook, I now find myself at BN buying the Nook version. It is that good.
oldsetbuilder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike some (well, one) reader, I found this book very entertaining. I say this, because during the day, or watching TV at night, I found myself thinking about the fate of the main character, Rick Berron. I thought, why not go back and continue the story instead of watching this TV program? To me, a book that invades my daily routine when I am not reading the book is a good book. Something I can look forward to when I am unable (or unwilling) to stop what I am doing and pick up the story. It is funny, I was thinking this 'hero' would be flawed in some way, succumb to some temptation, but he, well, I will leave that to the reader. It is definitely worth your time.
Hedgepeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of Woods' works that I read. What can I say, I was hooked on a new author -- and I needed to find another since I have such a small collection!
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, but not my favorite time period. Anyone who like to old style Holywood flat foot would enjoy this I'm sure.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just terrible. I read the first 100 pages in a kind of unbelieving daze: could any full-length novel ostensibly aimed at adult readers be any more dumbed-down, trite and padded than this? I would have quit sooner, but my slack-jawed amazement at this book's awfulness kept me going for at least 50 pages alone.
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5 sos. Have you read my part 2 image if you havent its on selena gomez res 3
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read - loved the time period the storyline took place - a good mystery and being a Hollywood setting, it was also just a 'fun' mystery as well. Hope Woods does another like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stuart Woods is a great author. The Prince of Beverly Hills is the kind of book you can't put down. You always want to continue to see what's going to happen. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breaking his formulaic mold of Stone Barrington, Woods did an excellent job on 'Prince' in several ways. He did his research. He overlapped real and fictional characters in a way that this 'film noir' type novel keeps you guessing who he is trying to get you to picture. You may not like his novels, but if you do, you are missing a real jewel if you fail to give this a read. He really captures Hollywood circa 1940 in a truly masterful and entertaining way.