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Prolific author Stuart Woods is no stranger to the New York Times bestseller lists: he’s had thirty consecutive novels on that list. With about fifty novels published, Woods is a fixture among mystery and thriller writers, the winner of an Edgar and France’s Prix de Literature Policiere. Woods is the author of a number of stand-alone novels, including his 1981 breakthrough work, Chiefs, made into a CBS mini-series.Ongoing series works include those featuring Ed Eagle, Rick Barron, Holly Barker, and Will Lee. But it is perhaps the score of novels in his Stone Barrington series for which Woods is best known.

Barrington, a former NYPD homicide detective who was forced out of the force because he too often butted heads with his superiors. Barrington turns to the legal profession, and over the course of twenty-two books becomes the suave hero whose clients involve him in all sorts of Manhattan mayhem. Bookreporter  noted of Woods’ suave protagonist:Stone is classy, humorous, sarcastic, well dressed, well educated, rich, handsome, single and well heeled. It is a given that Stone will get into deep trouble without asking for it.” When in New York, Stone likes hanging out at Elaine’s, but his duties take him farther afield, as well, from the Caribbean to Key West to Southern Californian and points in between. (more…)

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Film critic and novelist Michael Atkinson is the author of the Hemingway Mysteries series. The first in the series, Hemingway Deadlights, finds “Hemingway on the verge of serious decline: the booze taking its toll, the writing stalled, the paranoia that would eventually lead to his suicide beginning to assert itself,” as a Booklist critic noted. The novel takes Hemingway from Key West to Cuba to solve the harpooning death of a fisherman friend in a novel that “deftly mixes fact and fiction with graphic sex and violence in a mystery sure to please Hemingway aficionados,” according to  Publishers Weekly. (more…)

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