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Santa Fe Dead (Ed Eagle #3)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,834 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Attorney Ed Eagle thinks he's safe from his black widow ex-wife, who is now in police custody. But when she escapes, she spins a new web that just might trap him?and everyone he loves.
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Signet Book (first published January 1st 2008)
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Although not one Stuart Woods best, it is a light, quick read. As the story begins Ed Eagle’s ex-wife, Barbara is on trial for murder. In a previous novel we know that Barbara is a psychopathic serial killer. The fact that she is found not guilty during the trial in spite of the vast amount of evidence and eye witness testimony is questionable. She escapes while the jury is deliberating and suffers no repercussions. From then on, the body count begins to mount. Barbara has a hand in some while o ...more
Two starts is generous for this pretty awful book. My first Stuart Woods mystery (if you can call it that) and if this is typical, it will be my last. Told almost all through dialogue, which I have no problem with, being a William Gaddis fan, but the dialogue here is flat, pedestrian, without nuance or cleverness of narration. The characters too are flat. I really could not care much at all about Ed Eagle, who married a sociopath, and now has to try to avoid getting himself and his girlfriend ki ...more
This was my first book with Ed Eagle as the main character. I definitely liked it enough to read another story with his character.
Phil Hait
A very quick read. Good beach or pool material. Fast paced book in the Ed Eagle series. Always something happening to keep your attention.
This is what I would characterize as an airport read, I.e. To be read while waiting for your delayed plane. It's a very easy read, incorporating two stories that zip along at a great pace while detailing the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Santa Fe and Los Angeles. Ed Eagle's ex wife is trying to kill him (again) - how can that be prevented? Wait, Ed has a team of dedicated and resourceful detectives to take care of it. At the same time, another rich guy calls Ed asking for his help in find ...more
The book is neither full of twists and turns that will leave you agape, nor is excitingly unpredictable. It is a simple, easy to guess, story of a Santa Fe lawyer who faces deceit and life threats. Yet it manages to keep the readers engrossed and keep turning pages! For those who like to read crime thrillers would like to give it a shot.

However, this was my first pick of the Ed Eagle novel(Third in the series) by Stuart Woods. So, in case you are planning to read the book, you would want to sta
#3 in the Ed Eagle series. This 2008 entry follows the plot arc of Ed's criminous ex-wife, Barbara. The Ed Eagle series will coincide with author Woods Stone Barrington series in Cut and Thrust (2014).

Ed Eagle sees his ex-wife acquitted in this sequel to "Short Straw". She embarks on a vendetta against him. He is engaged by Don Wells, of the Centurion Studio, to represent him when he is of interest to the police in the murder of his wife and son. Although he was in Italy at the time of the murde
my first "Ed Eagle".....entertaining but I prefer Stone Barrington.
I bought this one ages ago, and for some reason or another, it became lost....went to the bottom of the pile, so-to-speak.
I am familiar with the author and dove in with modest expectations. The cover says: "A taut tale of a very bad woman out to fleece a very good man". Yep. It certainly is...and along the way I find the author's clipped dialogue and matter-o-fact writing style is quite effective as this thriller plows through some implausible situations.
I enjoyed it... a quick read and entertai
Joe White
The first 100 pages or so of this book are patterned after the typical Stone Barrington series of books. The last 150 or so pages builds an interesting plot with unexpected twists and a larger cast of police and detective characters than are usually present in the Stuart Woods series. The plot here included several minor physical details, with crossings into and out of Mexico.
One problem with the plot was that the characters were too intertwined with actions from the past folding into present ac
Woods has several series I like, this one of the Ed Eagle character. I believe this is only the third book in this series.

The plot of the book is that Eagle, a Santa Fe attorney, discovers that his ex-wife, Barbara escaped from jail during her trial for attempted murder only to be found not guilty by the jury. She marries a very wealthy man who dies shortly after in a traffic accident. This time Barbara has nothing to do with it. But when she learns that her former husband (Ed) told her other fo
More like 1.5 stars. I'd not read anything by Stuart Woods and after finishing this book I'm not going to read anything else by him-shades of James Patterson. Unlike some series where you can just pick up any book and get up to speed on the characters you couldn't do it with this book. There is some explanation but not nearly enough. Too many subplots and too implausible plot lines. We have a drop dead gorgeous woman-Barbara- who is part nympho, a gold digger, and a cold stone killer who was mar ...more
There are two parts to an audiobook review: the narrator and the storyline.

The narrator for this book is Michael Kramer. In my opinion, he’s not bad, but he had too many characters with too many regional accents to work with, making the differentiations between them sometimes difficult to understand. Also, he made the women sound like “bimbos” regardless of their intellectual or professional character in the book.

However, the storyline more than made up for the narrator. It is smoothly written,
Ed Eagle's ex-wife manages to escape through the courthouse bathroom window while waiting on the jury's decision in her double second degree murder trial. Surprise, the jury finds her not guilty!

She's in hiding at an out of the way spa while her lawyer works on getting her out of the escape charge and meets a very wealthy man who is a recent widower. Working her wiles, she ends up getting him to propose in a week.

Ed has people out looking for her, knowing that she will try to kill him again, lea
I bought this from BOMC because the premise sounded interesting. I'm glad I only paid five bucks and shipping. The plot was a good one, but I read the whole book in about three hours because the writing style was devoid of description, character development, or even any emotion. I bet there are police reports that are less terse than this book. Now, I know part of this is just typical thriller style, but this book really made me appreciate Hemmingway more and even Robert B. Parker. They manage t ...more
This is the first Stuart Woods book that I have ever read & I am going to be reading much much more in the future. The story was very well written & the characters were so believable. I really enjoyed Woods' writing style & had a hard time putting the book down. I could easily see the story as a movie. Since this is book #3 of the "Ed Eagle" series & I am looking forward to reading the other 3 very soon along with his other series as well.
fast, quick, light read but there were couple issues in the beginnning where I was not convinced could resemble reality. Bothered me more than it should have and if I hadn't been on a trans atlantic plane probably wouldn't have finished. Prenup for god's sake
Greer Andjanetta
The 3rd story in the Ed Eagle (Santa Fe lawyer) series. His estranged wife reappears, still trying to kill him and a number of close calls arise. A good read as usual, a pleasant way to pass some time.
Tyler Cole
I thought the plot was good but I think the author relied too much on dialog rather than narration to tell the saga. The story moved along fast and held my attention but I never felt connected to any of the characters.
The story was good. I hadn't figured the whole thing out right away which was a delight. The noir feeling of the story threw me for a bit, but, it really did add to the story.
Skip this one...really bad book and worse in audio. The reader tried to do different voices, but they were really bad voices!
Started ho hum, but picks up speed and races to a nice surprise finish.
Charles Gray
A lot of twist and turns and several crimes happening at the same time.
Ed Eagle isn't very interesting compared to Stone Barrington.
Stephanie Berry
It was a typical crime story and kept me engaged the end. I will definitely read Stuart Woods again.
Better then average Murder Mystery. Moves at a fast pace, with an interesting story line
Wouldn't want an ex-wife who's a killer. Can get expensive trying to keep track of her.

Somehow Stuart Woods manages to write formula books that don't read like formula books. This one features a Santa Fe attorney who's ex-wife is a killer. As the plot develops, more killers materialize along with the attendant cadavers. The story also introduces additional protagonists who are woven in with a labyrinth of criminal plots and sub-plots. Somehow it all gets neatly wrapped in the end while it keeps
Sarah Judd
I read Stuart Woods (Dead in the Water) and I was not disappointed and I can the same with this book. Santé Fe Dead was a quick read with well developed characters and a pretty good story flow. I loved Ed Eagle! I loved his “by his by any means necessary" attitude when it came to his business, and the antics of his extremely beautiful, yet lethal ex- wife Barbara. This book kept me turning the pages wondering what was going to happen next and overall, I thought it was a very delightful read. I w ...more
The story and plot were good, and I enjoyed the book from that perspective. The characters themselves were solid and well developed. I didn't have issue with the number of characters in this book, as some others have mentioned. I do however agree with others in that the writing itself needs help. Too much ink is used to describe interactions or situations when it was really self explanatory. Also, as most writers do (more so here), the dialogue between characters was too correct. People just don ...more
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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