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Woods, Stuart | Short Straw | Signed First Edition Copy
Short Straw | Woods, Stuart | Signed First Edition Book

SHORT STRAW by Stuart Woods

First edition,later printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket , signed by the author. October 2006 NY: Penguin ISBN 9780739475720
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Short Straw
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Whatever happy years Ed Eagle may have enjoyed after marrying Barbara Kennerly (Santa Fe Rules, 1992) vanished the moment he woke up on his 50th birthday to find that she'd cleaned him out and taken a powder. What does Santa Fe's top trial attorney do when he learns that his wife's vamoosed with four million of his favorite dollars? Call out reinforcements, that's what. After he's done what he can to freeze the assets Barbara's been busily transferring to offshore accounts, Ed gets Cupie Dalton, ex-LAPD, to follow her to Mexico City. When Barbara plugs Cupie while he's trying to put her on the phone with her beloved hubby, Ed digs deeper and comes up with Vittorio, an Apache shamus he thinks can scare Barbara into signing her name to six blank sheets of paper. And so the chase is on, with every character, as usual with Woods, acting exactly the same in every situation. Since the situations involve constant attempts to outguess, outwit and betray each other, however, the story develops an agreeable comic rhythm. And that also goes for a subplot that kicks in when Ed, back home in Santa Fe, is assigned the defense of Joe Big Bear, an alleged triple killer whose alibi witnesses sound so convincing that Ed can't imagine why he's still in jail. Like Cupie's discovery of Barbara, Ed's successful defense of Big Bear is only the opening move in a lightning-fast game marked by a hundred featherweight twists.

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