Dirt

Stuart Woods, Author HarperCollins Publishers $24 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-017666-2
It may be his fifth novel in three years, but this slickly entertaining suspenser displays Woods at the top of his game with no signs of flagging. A sizable supporting cast of paparazzi-challenged beautiful people share the action as Stone Barrington, the suave ex-cop attorney-hero of New York Dead, makes his comeback. In this superbly paced tale, Stone gets involved in a blackmail scheme involving Amanda Dart, a much-feared, nationally syndicated gossip columnist. After Amanda is photographed in bed in a Manhattan hotel with a married real-estate magnate, a fax headlined ""DIRT"" and presenting both the photo and details of Amanda's tryst is sent to a weighty list of prominent people and major media outlets. The DIRT fax-web quickly expands to snare the gay but closeted editor of a sleazy L.A. tabloid. When Stone is hired by Amanda to sniff out who's spilling the pearls about these jealously guarded privacies, one of his operatives, a retired N.Y.C. cop, is murdered. The intrigue deepens when one of the perps is identified as closely resembling a male model in a Vanity Fair cologne ad. Dripping with name-dropping, haute couture and pricey playthings, and spiced with hormonal aerobics as Stone trolls the siren-infested waters of upscale Manhattan, the narrative rockets toward an abrupt but absolutely stunning denouement. Using all his skills here, and subtly reminiscent of the waggish P.G. Wodehouse, Woods delivers a marvelously sophisticated, thoroughly modern old-fashioned read. $275,000 combined (with the simultaneously published HarperPaperback edition of Choke) ad/promo; simultaneous HarperAudio edition; author tour; U.K., translation, dramatic rights: Janklow & Nesbit. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
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Mass Market Paperbound - 448 pages - 978-0-06-109423-1
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-06-109633-4
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-694-51723-7
Hardcover - 335 pages - 978-1-56895-398-4
Ebook - 416 pages - 978-0-06-112313-9
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-694-52519-5
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4498-7394-3
Hardcover - 272 pages - 978-0-00-638725-1
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 416 pages - 978-0-06-057471-0
Open Ebook - 416 pages - 978-0-06-057473-4
Book - 978-0-06-084187-4
Book - 978-0-06-084185-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 399 pages - 978-0-06-171192-3
Paperback - 284 pages - 978-0-00-730541-4
Ebook - 416 pages - 978-0-06-174794-6
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