Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Review: Kisser by Stuart Woods

Book Info:
Kisser by Stuart Woods
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult (January 19, 2010)
ISBN-13: 9780399156113
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: My Shelves
Rating: 2.5/5

Stone Barrington is back in New York, and after a rather harrowing sojourn in Key West, he's looking to stay closer to home and work on some simple divorce and custody cases for Woodman & Weld. But when he crosses paths with a fetching Broadway actress-and sometime lip model- Stone gets a little more deeply involved with business than he'd expected. When his new lady love turns out to be a lady with a shady past, Stone and downtown cop Dino Bacchetti realize that her beauty may have an unusually high price. . . .

I've been reading this series for years.  And like James Patterson, in my opinion, it has gone down hill in terms of quality.  On the other hand, it's a very fast read and I know the characters well.  When I'm in a reading slump, like now (due to lack of sleep and a short attention span), a quick book will help me get out of my slump.

Kisser is pretty much just like all of the Stone Barrington series lately.  Stone gets a case involving a beautiful woman, they end up in bed, he solves the case and something happens at the end of the story to lead you into the next book.  Overall, pretty unimpressive, but I didn't read it to be impressed.  I read it because I knew exactly what I was getting. 

If you've read the series before and are attached to the characters, grab a copy from the library.  If this is a new series to you, start at the beginning, as I remember them being much better.  2.5 stars


Zibilee said...

I hope this book did it's job and helped pull you out of your slump! I haven't read any of these books, as this isn't a genre I usually prefer, but it does sound like a series that my mom would like. I will have to let her know that the first books in the series are worth checking out. Thanks for the honest review!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Oh, I am very well aware of Stone! If he stuck to thinking with his brain instead of other body parts, he would avoid alot of trouble, don't you think? I have noticed that last couple of books in this series have not been on par, but like you said, whatever!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Woods is on the downward slide IMO these last few years. I use to love his books.

Kaye said...

Exactly my thoughts on this series. I think Stuart Woods has an overactive libido and it shows up in Stone. If he spent more time working than, ahem, "sleeping", he would be better off. Like you said this series has really run it's course. I do like the Dino character though.

Barbara said...

Thanks for the heads up. This book was in the boxes of books recently given to me by friends. I will save it for a time when I don't have the energy to read something that makes me think. :)

bermudaonion said...

I've never read any of this series - it's a shame it's gone downhill.