Monday, February 23, 2009

2009 Book 10: Short Straw

Book #:122

Book Title:Short Straw

Author:Stuart Woods
Publisher:G. P. Putnam's Sons

Pub. Date:2006


Started:February 20, 2009

Finished:February 23, 2009

Time to Read:4 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"Ed Eagle, Santa Fe's preeminent trial lawyer, first introduced in Woods's Santa Fe Rules, finds himself in extreme domestic difficulties. On the morning of his fiftieth birthday, as he is about to open his elegant new law offices, Eagle learns that he is in the sort of trouble usually reserved for his unluckiest clients. Quickly marshaling his resources, which include two private detectives, an accused murderer, and an ace ex-IRS agent, he begins a campaign to save his law practice, his wealth, his reputation, and his self-respect from the astonishing machinations of the person closest to him.

The action takes Eagle's team across the Southwest - through the lush southern California world of the very, very wealthy, with the delights of exclusive spas and secluded hotels; to the U.S.-Mexico border, and its ever-present dangers; and deep into parts of Mexico where no one can be trusted, least of all the police - always pitted against a wily and completely ruthless adversary."

Review:In my opinion, Stuart Woods writes well in terms of mechanics and verbiage, but I only found the storyline itself moderately compelling. The characters seem flat, the pace inconsistent, and several times I had to express the thought of "who care." In terms of a redeeming quality, this is a fairly fast read and also doesn't require much heavy thought. If that's what you're looking for, dive in. If not...move on!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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