Cut and Thrust

Cut and Thrust

Book - 2014
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"Stone Barrington enters the cutthroat fray of politics in the exceptional new thriller from New York Times--bestselling author Stuart Woods. When Stone Barrington travels to Los Angeles for the biggest political convention of the year, he finds the scene quite shaken up: a dazzling newcomer-and close friend of Stone's-has given the delegates an unexpected choice, crucial alliances are made and broken behind closed doors, and it seems that more than one seat may be up for grabs. And amid the ambitious schemers and hangers-on are a few people who may use the chaotic events as cover for more sinister plans. In this milieu of glad-handing and backroom deals, only the canniest player can come out on top. and it will take all of Stone's discretion and powers of persuasion to arrange a desirable outcome"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780399169113
Branch Call Number: WOODS
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 24 cm.

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7626dee
May 04, 2016

Ugh! Hard for a story to be pretentious but this. Stone used to write mysteries-this isn't. Sort of a written Hollywood extra with political power to try to boost it. Don't waste your time.

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harrybosch
Dec 17, 2015

Not at all up to Wood's standards. This writer has been slipping over the last several novels., and is no longer a must read for me. This edition in the life of Stoned Barrington was pretty predictable.

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JackPurcell
Mar 21, 2015

I've read a lot of Stuart Woods novels and used to enjoy them. I tried this one because it was one of a series I used to follow. But I see the characters have grown to be wildly rich and powerful, associating in the highest political circles, which carries no interest for me at all. I think Stuart Woods needs to invent a new gravy train to ride. He's about milked all the dollar bills out of Stone Barrington he's likely to get. This one's a too obvious pot boiler for my tastes.

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LoveAGoodRead
Oct 09, 2014

I love Stone Barrington, but this newest book by Woods wasn't one of my favorites. Couldn't exactly put my finger on it, but perhaps it was because the story centered so much around the political scene. Didn't really see much of a plot or a lot of action. Could the surprise ending involving a recurring and familiar character be true, or is it a ruse? Certainly didn't see that coming!

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akasq
Oct 08, 2014

Another Stone Barrington novel, with most of his other main friends. (but not Holly). blending together so well. Great surprise ending.

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3dblus
Oct 01, 2014

No matter the theme, the Stone Barrington series is still an easy, fun read.

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oriana22
Sep 09, 2014

The first part of the book was very political with way too many non-important characters and details to keep track of - there were a lot of non-details about meeting and having drinks, meeting and having lunch etc and absolutely no substance - the 2nd part of the book was a bit better but again nothing to hold on to and the ending was anti-climactic. If it wasn't for the appeal of Stone Barrington, I would drop this author, his writing has been declining and this was the worst. Very disappointed (good thing we can borrow the books at the library and not have to pay for them)

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BookluvrShPk
Aug 11, 2014

Not the usual calibre of writing by Stuart Woods. The political part of the storyline was painful, and not much else of substance. Disappointed!

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waterfallman
Aug 08, 2014

sloppy and incomplete

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pterry25
Aug 04, 2014

Needs a lot of work.

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