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Prince of Beverly Hills

by Stuart Woods

October 8, 2004 | Hardcover

Prince of Beverly Hills is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

A brash detective enters the Hollywood fast lane-jammed with the sort of wealth, glamour, and blackmail it is famous for-in this new thriller by the bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series.

Stuart Woods’s new novel is a sexy, action-packed thriller in the tradition of his best. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote about his last novel, Capital Crimes, "Woods knows how to deliver a taut, well-told tale ... The last two paragraphs will make any reader gulp." In The Prince of Beverly Hills, set in Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s, Woods introduces a new character that possesses the kind of suave confidence, take-charge manner, and clever wit-under-pressure that his fans will recognize and love at first sight.

Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after a run-in with his captain, but soon lands a job on the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios. As the protector of the studio’s interests, Barron looks after the cream of the crop of filmdom’s stars-Clete Barrow, the British leading man with a penchant for parties; and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of superstardom. Rick’s easy charm has society columnists dubbing him "the Prince of Beverly Hills," the white knight of movie stars, until he uncovers a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threatens the studio’s business and may originate with the West Coast mob. When two suspicious deaths begin to look like double-murder, and an attempt is made on Glenna Gleason’s life, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are do-or-die. A dicey war of nerves is on.

Set in the era of high style and silver-screen romance, Woods’s thoroughly entertaining new crime novel shows us once again why he is a "master of the genre" (Los Angeles Times).

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.23 in

Published: October 8, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399152202

ISBN - 13: 9780399152207

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a blast!! My Room mate is a big Wood's fan, his copy of Prince of Beverly Hills arrived at our dooor a couple of days ago and I got ot it before he did. It was my first Woods book and I finished it two nights, and now I am a Stuart Woods fan! The novel is set in the Hollywood of the 1930's and is a sexy thriller filled with action and plenty of twists and turns. The central character Rick Barron is an LA cop who finds himself demoted after a run in with his captain. He does not stay down for long though landing a job with the hottest Movie company in town, and is soon the protector of the stars. Rick is a great character full of charm and guile but also having the street smarts. Things get messy when he uncovers a murder blackmail scam, with Mob connections. I don't want to spoil things for, so just take my word for it the plot takes off from here! And Rick finds himself in over his head! Now I can't wait to find more of mr Wood's books.
Date published: 2004-10-15

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Prince of Beverly Hills

by Stuart Woods

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.23 in

Published: October 8, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399152202

ISBN - 13: 9780399152207

About the Book

Woods introduces a demoted 1930's Hollywood detective who is reassigned to security detail for Centurion Pictures. His charm has columnists dubbing him "the Prince of Beverly Hills," until he uncovers a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threatens the studio and may originate with the mob.

From the Publisher

A brash detective enters the Hollywood fast lane-jammed with the sort of wealth, glamour, and blackmail it is famous for-in this new thriller by the bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series.

Stuart Woods’s new novel is a sexy, action-packed thriller in the tradition of his best. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote about his last novel, Capital Crimes, "Woods knows how to deliver a taut, well-told tale ... The last two paragraphs will make any reader gulp." In The Prince of Beverly Hills, set in Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s, Woods introduces a new character that possesses the kind of suave confidence, take-charge manner, and clever wit-under-pressure that his fans will recognize and love at first sight.

Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after a run-in with his captain, but soon lands a job on the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios. As the protector of the studio’s interests, Barron looks after the cream of the crop of filmdom’s stars-Clete Barrow, the British leading man with a penchant for parties; and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of superstardom. Rick’s easy charm has society columnists dubbing him "the Prince of Beverly Hills," the white knight of movie stars, until he uncovers a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threatens the studio’s business and may originate with the West Coast mob. When two suspicious deaths begin to look like double-murder, and an attempt is made on Glenna Gleason’s life, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are do-or-die. A dicey war of nerves is on.

Set in the era of high style and silver-screen romance, Woods’s thoroughly entertaining new crime novel shows us once again why he is a "master of the genre" (Los Angeles Times).

About the Author

Stuart Woods was born in the small town of Manchester, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in sociology and moved to Atlanta, where he enlisted in the Air National Guard. In the fall of 1960, Woods moved to New York in search of a career in writing, and remained there for a decade working in advertising, with the exception of ten months spent in Mannheim, Germany with the National Guard during the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961-62. An attack of wanderlust drew Woods to London, where he worked in advertising agencies until the idea of writing a novel called him to a small flat in the stableyard of a castle in County Galway, Ireland. There, Woods completed one hundred pages of a novel before he discovered sailing, after which, "everything went to hell. All I did was sail." Woods took his sailing to a higher level, competing in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, and the catastrophic Fastnet Race in 1979 in which fifteen competitors died. In October and November of that year, Woods sailed his friend’s yacht across the Atlantic, calling at the ports of Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, before finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean. The next couple of years were spent in Georgia, where Woods wrote two non-fiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper , an account of his Irish experience and the subsequent transatlantic race; and a travel guide entitled A Romantic Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland , which Woods says
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