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L.A. Dead (Stone Barrington #6)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  5,726 ratings  ·  139 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
ebook, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Penguin Group US (first published November 6th 2000)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
This was exactly the style I always expected from this genre- sparse description, lots of staccato dialogue, random hookups, no depth of feeling. I was reading for quite awhile, wondering if I might become more engaged in the plot if not the characters, but no. 17 chapters in is probably enough to be sure that this is not for me. Thankful that I borrowed this ebook from the library, for FREE, so it was really a no-risk trial of the author. Next!
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For someone who supposedly is trying to mend a broken relationship, Stone Barrington falls into bed with any and every woman who shows the slightest interest. Then he's surprised when the woman he loves gets pissed at seeing a tabloid photo of him with another woman? Hmmmm -- otherwise, another great story from Stuart Woods.
Gina Morelli
It's been a while, but I remember loving this book. Thinking Stone Barrington was one lucky guy and laughing as I reading this in the bathtub a decade ago. I was young and I was tickled reading this took me away from my reality world into a fictional world of Stone Barrington! A relaxing fun read.
Anita Drake
This is not one of my favorites from this author; the characters just seem to flit from one ridiculous scenario to another. The main character is such a hound dog and his girlfriend is a nitwit.
Linda Grizzard

I truly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down! Lots of suspense and twists and turns! Hope the next ones in the series are as good!
I always wanted to know about Dolce and Stone. Know the Arrington story, but not the Dolce story. Would like to know a little more.

Primo movie star Vance Calder is shot in his home. Arrington is the prime--only --- suspect. She calls Stone to help her out of the mess. He quickly leaves to be at her side. BUT! He is in Venice, and it's only hours after the civil ceremony of marriage to the beautiful but slightly demented Dolce, with the church ceremony to be held tomorrow. He realizes he cannot m
E.J. Simon
I love Stuart Woods and have probably lost the ability to be objectively critical - even if I needed to be - of his books. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorites!
Kandie Geffre
I love Stuart Woods and especially Stone Barrington series. This was a bit predictable but a real mystery as it leaves the question as to who dunnit open.
I love Stone Barrington because no matter what situation he gets into most of the time he gets out but the downside at times is that he will lose friends.
A light and easy read. You don't have to be a scholar to read these. Probably it helps that you're not. Love Stuart Woods. But this one was sort of simplistic.
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
It's a very good read;but its very adult driven. The novel makes you want to read to complete serie.
All of the Stuart Woods books have provided me with a great deal of page-turning entertainment. Each book obviously features Stone and has a few good characters like Dino to add more drama. This was no different and it weaves in a lot of New York style action. If you are a fan of that, and yes I am.

I have found each book more interesting than the last. You MUST read them in order to keep up with Stone, Dino, Arrington and the drama. Thoroughly enjoyable with many plots about places and people I
Howard Brittain
I really enjoyed this 6th instalment. The women keep coming .. good plot and a great page turner.
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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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