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Publisher's Summary

Cop turned lawyer and investigator Stone Barrington ventures out to the West Coast - and out on a limb - in this "stylish whodunit" (Detroit News) filled with romance and murder.

Stone's trip to Venice -with a fiery Mafia princess- is cut short by a frantic phone call from half a world away. A celebrity murder has Los Angeles in an uproar and has a former flame pining for Stone's help - in more ways than one....

©2015 Stuart Woods (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Entertainment novels can’t get any better than this.” (Associated Press)

“Scrumptious.” (The New York Times)

“A pleasure to read....A stylish whodunit.” (The Detroit News)

What listeners say about L.A. Dead

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Bored With Barrington - This One's Enough

Woods is recycling plots about ambiguous women ambiguously involved in thinly plotted murders. Additionally he's stuffing the page count with more and more repetitive sex that's merely decorative. Yeah Woods, who's otherwise a fine writer, has managed to make sweaty-bed-squirming boooooring. Given his laborious descriptions, well... if y'seen one... y'seen 'em all. Plus, I no longer care about these people. Barrington's a shallow cypher, and his ensemble cast, ain't growing either in number or depth.

Sooooo... This is probably the last Barrington buy for me. Probably? Well the plots have become so improbable that it will take at least a couple of years to unload the baggage of disbelief I just couldn't suspend to finish L.A. Dead.

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Great read!

Kept me heading to the next Chapter! Tony Roberts does a superb job of narrating. Great story line and character development.

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Book Okay-Voices awful

Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Tony Roberts?

I've read several Stuart Woods books, and they are usually pretty good. This one seems to be a little more shallow, and if Stone eats one more lobster salad I think I'll puke. Also, the gratuitous sex is a bit overwhelming in this one. I'm not a prude, but the man is engaged to one woman, in love with another and has sex with almost every other attractive female in the book. It's not an attractive characteristic, and makes any idea that he is of above-average intelligence ring completely false.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

I will likely read more by Woods because I read "Chiefs" and others in the "Will Lee" series, and for the most part they are very good. Woods is no John Irving (Or even Lee Childs!) but he is capable of plotting a good yarn when he exerts himself.

What didn’t you like about Tony Roberts’s performance?

Roberts makes Barrington's friend Dino sound just terrible. The nasal, grating tone he attributes to Dino is distracting and annoying. His voicing of Dulce Bianchi is ridiculous. This is an American girl, raised in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Would she really have an Italian accent?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the characters in this book are likable, and I'm giving Woods the benefit of the doubt as I know he has good stuff in him. I'll likely try one more in the Barrington series, but if it doesn't get better than this I'm out.

Any additional comments?

I listened to a couple of the Woods books narrated by Richard Ferrone, and they were much better. So obviously the annoying and grating Roberts narration makes it much easier for me to find fault with the book.

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Good listen

This was a good book. Not OMG fantastic, but a good, easy listen. The main female character, Arrington, was quite annoying though. She’s overly female drama, to the point it felt distinctly manufactured by the author to create conflict in the story. I can’t understand why the main character, Stone, likes her so much. She ditched him for a rich, famous actor in a prior book, and then still expects Stone to jump whenever she wants something and be faithful to her. She also does quite a few stupid things. Her character took the story down a notch. But overall, it’s a typical Stone Barrington story and a good book to listen to. The narrator did a very good job, enhancing the listening experience.

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One of the good Stone Barrington’s !!!

...love them all, but this one was one of my favorite’s. Tony Roberts can’t be beat of course. I’ve become so familiar with all of the major characters that I find myself laughing out loud at times and always look forward to the next book.
I’m one of those fans that happened upon this series toward the more recent books, became so enthralled tht I had to start back at the beginning and work my way forward.....Stuart Woods has my definite attention.....I’m a BIG FAN !!!!!!!

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Excellent to the end.

Great book with multiple characters that keeps you wondering to the end. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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L A Dead

Superb storytelling. Love all the characters. Stuart Woods has done it again. If you haven't listened yet, you should! You start to feel like family

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Stone's character is weak

Stone seems to think or is lead by his penis, no matter whom is may hurt, as long as he can get his pleasure, I think Dolce got a raw deal the way the story has been written.

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Excellent

I don't see why this app requires 15 words to say Excellent, as always. That's why I rarely leave reviews.

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twisting pilots

loved this story. STONE gets into several scrapes and love interests. complicated but a real mystery. You think you know who did what, but surprise! it was someone else.