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L.A. Dead (Stone Barrington #6)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  7,049 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
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So, is Arrington Calder really a murderer? While we don't know the answer to that question until much later in the new Stuart Woods novel, L.A. Dead, we soon learn that Stone Barrington has never quite gotten over his infatuation with the gorgeous Arrington. And trying to prove her innocent is not exactly making lawyer Barrington's life any easier -- especially
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ebook, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Penguin Group US (first published November 6th 2000)
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Dawn
Aug 19, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mostly liked this one, until the end. There's a whole lotta naked in this book, but not much resolution. I hope some of these things are addressed in the next book. It's weird that Stone lives in NY but it seems not many of these books actually takes place in NY. I think with each book I hate Arrington more. I hope she doesn't continue to be in Stone's life through the entire series. I'd love to see what would happen if Stone met Jack Reacher.

Since I am an editor, I am very nitpicky when I re
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Marguerite Czajka
It was an easy read and the mystery part was okay. But the author added in some nonsensical sex. The lead character, Stone, is called from his Italian wedding because a huge movie star (lots of paparazzi) has been murdered. Within a couple days of the murder, Stone is having sex with the star's personal assistant as well as the star's widow, who happens to the only suspect and Stone's ex. Every woman he meets, apart from the maid, is really hot for him and wears either nothing or a bikini. I thi ...more
Sheila
Jul 08, 2017 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tower
Lots going on in this one for Stone on both a personal and professional level. On the eve of his wedding to the daughter of a mafia don in Venice, Italy he gets a call that his former girlfriend is the prime suspect in the murder of her husband.

Stone basically dumps his almost wife at the altar to run to the aid of Arrington in Los Angeles to be her lawyer. This doesn't go over particularly well with his fiance or her family.

Not my favorite in this series so far because it sure portrays Stone as
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Jan
Jun 24, 2014 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gift from a friend. Actually this was the Audio book. Brilliantly read by actor Tony Roberts who did wonderful voice and accents.

Story. Ex-Cop Stone Barrington is about to get married, but still in love with an ex-girlfriend who dumped him and married a movie actor. He is in Italy for his marriage, he has a civil ceremony and the church wedding is the next day. In the middle of all of this his ex-girlfriends husband is murdered, and he dumps his bride and rushes to the ex-girlfriends side.

I tota
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Bel
Feb 12, 2014 Bel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just wonder if he will ever encounter a woman who looks 'normal' and not model-beautiful....

As usual a romp from start to finish, a decent supposed murderer reveal and lots of glitz. These books aren't high brow but they are good fun
Kathi
Oct 21, 2014 Kathi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible.
Jeannine Stewart
Jul 06, 2017 Jeannine Stewart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since all of the Stone Barrington books I've read have been out of sequence, I knew how this book ended from reading several books subsequent to this one. So that took away most of the mystery although I did not know how the case was resolved, only the end result. The resolution of this murder case, however, is jammed into about the last 4 pages and is so preposterous that it was unbelievable, even for L.A. And the book should have been titled L.A. Laid, the sex lives of the rich and infamous. I ...more
Laura Lavender-blackwood
This book had me in such an uproar. I can't begin to count the times I wanted to throw the book across the room. To me this by far has to be the best one. It made me hate Stone and I love Stone. I never trusted Arrington in the first place. Can't wait to read more because this one left me with a lot of unanswered questions.
Skadams9038
Jul 20, 2017 Skadams9038 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happy I read this

This answers a lot of questions about this character in these books.. at least for me

For those who like mystery and character by this Author, this is a good read.
Peter Charleston
Seemed to have more sexual encounters than case solving.
Emma
Dec 31, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is fun, but I want new characters. Enough bringing the old folks back.
Nancy Shaffer
Oct 17, 2016 Nancy Shaffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always good, always a quick read, always go back for more.
Eva
Mar 03, 2017 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When is Stone **EVER** going to listen to his former partner, Dino, when he knows what he's talking about?! And can Stone Barrington possibly get any dumber when it comes to women?! In this novel he finds himself in Italy and about to marry Dolce Biannci, Dino's mostly crazy and most definitely violent, jealous, and possessive sister in law. But, before he and Dolce can have the church wedding -- and AFTER they have their civil ceremony -- news comes that Vance Calder has been killed. Needless t ...more
Tina
Mar 05, 2017 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As always, the former NYC cop, turned Manhattan lawyer, cannot keep it in his pants. But he does entertain.

Stone jets off to get married in Venice, Italy. Before the finalization, he gets word that Vance Calder has been shot and killed, and Arrington is the prime suspect. Will he save the woman he loves? Which one does he love? Will he survive?! I'm hooked.




Darren
Mar 04, 2017 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from the free store book exchange at the store I have coffee at. I enjoyed reading it. It is a older Stuart Woods book in the Stone Barrington series. I like the books in this series. They always have a good story to them.
Johnny
Dec 31, 2013 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
If one simply judges a mystery by the "reveal" of the murderer, L.A. Dead is a ringing success. I wanted the murderer to be the person said murderer turned out to be, but I wasn't really successfully following the investigation. I'm sure those who regularly read my reviews are going to be surprised that I picked up another mystery by Woods, given that I thought the character was rather shallow, self-absorbed, and irresponsibly promiscuous (the name, Stone, being rather descriptive of a hardened ...more
Katy
Jun 04, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whodunit? We're all left not quite sure at the end . . . but we have a great deal of fun getting there.

Stone, determined to complicate his life as much as possible (and forget the love of his life, Arrington, who is married to the movie star Vance Calder) has traveled to Venice, Italy to marry Dolce, Eduardo Bianci's daughter (and his best friend Dino's sister-in-law). He is informed that for the marriage to be properly realized in Italy, there must be both a civil and religious ceremony - howe
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JBradford
My brother turned me onto Stuart Woods a couple summers ago when he passed on to me a box full of books he was done with (some of which I have not yet gotten around to reading), and I have enjoyed the ones I read, so I was happy to pick up four more of his books at a recent library book sale (at $3 a bagful, which I could not resist). I was then even happier to find that three of the four were Stone Barrington novels and in sequence, so reading the three of them one after the other was like read ...more
Renee Jennings
This latest installment in Woods's Stone Barrington thriller series finds the lawyer/sleuth from New York back in Los Angeles on a murder case in which everyone, even the accused, lazes along, enjoying life in sunny Southern California. In his sixth outing (following 1999's Worst Fears Realized), Barrington is surrounded by his usual cast of friends, acquaintances and casual sex partners. The biggest change here is that his ex-lover, Arrington Calder, stands accused of murdering her husband, mov ...more
Betty
Jan 29, 2012 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
his latest installment in Woods's Stone Barrington thriller series finds the lawyer/sleuth from New York back in Los Angeles on a murder case in which everyone, even the accused, lazes along, enjoying life in sunny Southern California. In his sixth outing (following 1999's Worst Fears Realized), Barrington is surrounded by his usual cast of friends, acquaintances and casual sex partners. The biggest change here is that his ex-lover, Arrington Calder, stands accused of murdering her husband, movi ...more
Mike Tueros
Another fun romp in the Stone Barrington series - super easy and fast to read...a candy novel at its finest. In this latest installment, our hero is rushing to the altar to marry the daughter of reputed NY gangster Eduardo Bianchi, Dolce (who has more than a few screws loose). The wedding party descends on Venice, where a simple civil ceremony is planned in a courthouse, to be followed by an extravagant public ceremony on St. Mark's Square. Immediately following the civil ceremony...I'm talking ...more
Ed
Feb 20, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#6 in the Stone Barrington series. Far from the tightly plotted mysteries, hard-boiled detective novels, or action filled thrillers I usually enjoy, this series has become my guilty pleasure - a quick reading soap opera.

Ex-NYPD lawyer Stone Barrington series - The lawyer/sleuth from New York is back in Los Angeles on a murder case in which everyone, even the accused, lazes along, enjoying life in sunny Southern California. His ex-lover, Arrington Calder, stands accused of murdering her husband,
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Bob0link
This is the 6th book in the Stone Barrington series (I recommend reading from the beginning).

In L. A. Dead, Stone finds himself caught between two alluring women-one who has been left at the altar and another who is suspected of murder. Stone is in the midst of plans to marry Dolce, the daughter of a New York mafioso, when he is suddenly called to the side of Arrington Calder, a woman he has loved and lost, but never forgotten. To her horror, Arrington believes she is about to be indicted for t
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Will
Jun 09, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Carolyn
Aug 21, 2016 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, adult
The most annoying part of any of the books in the Stone Barrington series have to do with things related to sex and this one is by far the worst of the 8-10 I have listened to so far. Set in LA, how is it that all of these women end up conversing with Stone while walking around naked? Like the song "Tequila makes her clothes fall off", Stone Barrington seems to have effect yet not plausibly so. Once again, Stuart Woods is living out his sexual fantasies through his work. I would have skipped it ...more
Mark Hepler
So bad it’s good?

“Never use an adverb to modify the verb,” admonished Elmore Leonard, gravely, in his 10 Rules of Writing.

But Stuart Woods transgresses Leonard’s 4th Rule by daring to use lines like: “‘I can imagine,’ Arrington said tartly.”

Though Woods’s prose flaunts the Rules—or maybe because it does—his story zips from point to point. He keeps it clean and simple—you can put aside L.A. Dead and pick it back up again without having to reread earlier scenes.

There’s no deep meaning or moral to
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Nancy
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Gramy
In this book, Stone Barrington is caught between multiple women drawn by his lust. His faith in the woman he lived with and wanted to marry is questioned when Arrington is arrested for murdering her husband. There are no other suspect being considered by the police. Stone vows to do everything he can to prove her innocense with the help of a local attorney who advises him to keep his distance from Arrington until her trial for murder is completed. Meantime, he finds plenty of sexual partners to ...more
Bud Mallar
Sorry, but these aren't Sherlock Holmes stories, but Stone Barrington, who gets into more scrapes, beds, women, rich places in one book covering about a week than most of us even dream about in a lifetime.

Not great drama, although, even with the twist at the end, I'm still not sure whodunit.

I do like the series because I don't have to pay that much attention, and they are an easy read, and I don't have to think about it when finished - although one could argue Stone's morality and ethics.

But, as
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George
Oct 28, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Our hero, Stone Barrington, works a Hollywood murder while fending off his nutso Italian wife/not wife. Strangely, Stone, who jumps everything in skirts, is abstinent until about 2/3 of the way through the book. The plot(s) were interesting and Woods apparently has lived some of the life of the rich and famous so that he can write this. I was unaware that authors are so flush. Super easy and fast read/listen. The characters dovetail nicely and some even interact with other series that Woods has ...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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